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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide (SA), Australia

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NOTE: Information in relation to UofA courses have been extracted from the University of Adelaide’s official website. For more detailed and up-to-date information about the courses and programs please visit the UofA website …

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) – 6 years
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) – 5 years




You must have successfully completed one of the prerequisite subjects. This can be done through, but not limited to SACE Stage 2, International Baccalaureate (IB) or tertiary studies.

  • SACE Stage 2 - One subject chosen from Biology / Chemistry / Mathematical Methods ( Prior to 2017, the equivalent Mathematics subject was known as Mathematical Studies)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) - One subject from (SL grade 4/HL grade 3): Biology / Chemistry / Mathematics
  • University of Adelaide Tertiary Study Examples: Human Anatomy and Physiology 1A and 1B / Foundations of Chemistry 1A and 1B
  • Assumed knowledge High proficiency in written and spoken English. 

Subject prerequisites are applicable to all MBBS entry pathways, e.g. Rural Background entry, Higher Education. Math TrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.



To meet the minimum academic threshold for entry into the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree at the University of Adelaide, you must achieve:

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) including any applicable adjustment factors: 90 or above
  • International Baccalaureate score: 33 or above or the interstate/ overseas equivalent
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): 5.0 or above – only applicable for University of Adelaide Higher Education applicants
  • STAT Entry

Please note: The minimum ATAR to be eligible for entry is 90 but usually a significantly higher ATAR is required due to the competitiveness of applicants. Based on the 2020 Admissions Data for School leavers, the lowest ATAR to receive an offer without applicable adjustment factors was 93.7. 

Adjustment factors – The MBBS degree does not consider adjustment factors and therefore the Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Scheme does not apply. Adjustment factors for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree are only available under the Universities Equity Scheme.


All applicants, with the exception of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway , are required to register and sit for the UCAT ANZ which is normally in the month of July.

STEP 4 – Sit the UCAT ANZ

Adelaide offers medical admission interviews based on the UCAT score of the candidates. Once results from the UCAT ANZ are received by the University, they will determine whether or not you receive an invitation to an interview.


Domestic applicants to the MBBS apply online through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC). SATAC applications normally open SATAC receives and processes applications for all undergraduate degrees in South Australia and releases the formal offers for all University of Adelaide degrees. You will be asked to enter your UCAT ANZ identification number when you lodge your application. Late applications to the MBBS degree will not be considered. S

Personal statements, testimonials, character/ school/work references, awards, certificates and predicted results do not make up any of the selection components and will not be considered and thus should not be submitted.   

Domestic school leavers can apply for both a NON-BONDED MEDICAL PLACE (314552) and. BONDED MEDICAL PROGRAM PLACE (314553). Non-bonded places have no return of service obligations after graduation while students accepting bonded places are required to undertake work in an area of workforce shortage after completing their professional training. The Australian Government requires 28.5% of the overall CSP places must be allocated as a bonded medical place (BMP).

The MBBS degree has 139 domestic places for our annual intake. Strict quotas apply to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree that factor 28.5% of the overall domestic places being allocated a Bonded Medical Place (BMP). There are separate quotas for each place type and domestic applicants will need to apply under both SATAC codes should they wish to be considered for both place types.


Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling.

To be considered as a secondary school leaver, applicants cannot have a tertiary academic record of study from a University, i.e. must never have enrolled in to a Bachelor degree or higher level program at an Australian or overseas University;
OR have enrolled for a Bachelor degree or higher level program at an Australian or overseas university but have withdrawn from these studies before a result of 'Withdraw Not Fail' has been awarded.


For all applicants, with the exception of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway, interview eligibility is based on your performance in the UCAT ANZ, with each of sections 1-4 having equal weight. Section 5 of the UCAT ANZ (the Situational Judgment Test) component of the test was not used to determine eligibility for interview or admission entry in 2021.

On Tuesday the 27th of October 2020 you will receive an email from the University of Adelaide to the email address provided in your SATAC application. This email will contain important information on how to log into the Admissions@Adelaide system to see your interview eligibility outcome. If you are eligible, you will be able to book an interview from a selection of times within the defined interview period on a first come, first served basis.

Only those who are eligible to book and attend an interview will remain in consideration for an offer into the degree. Interview invitations are based on performance in the UCAT ANZ and do not take into account an applicant’s academic record.


Approximately 800 applicants will be invited to attend a MBBS interview. There is one round of interviews for the MBBS degree which will be conducted from late November and into December. A minimum 50% of the school leavers interviewed will be from South Australia.  

What will they ask me about in the medicine interview ?

The interview comprises of a series of scenarios and questions and provides an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate your personal qualities, including:

  • Motivation and self-awareness
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Attention to detail and professional behaviour
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Prioritising and conscientiousness
  • Aptitude for group learning and teamwork
  • Compatibility and understanding of the degree and applicable health profession

Interview structure

Interviews for the MBBS degree comprise of two 15 minute sessions. In each session applicants will be interviewed by a panel of up to two interviewers.

Interviewers have completed a University of Adelaide training program and they are sourced from the following:

  • employees of the University of Adelaide
  • academic titleholders of the University of Adelaide
  • alumni from the medicine degree 6
  • health professionals
  • people drawn from the wider community

Applicants are encouraged to prepare for the interview by thinking about the criteria listed above but are discouraged from reciting rehearsed responses. "Rehearsed" answers, rather than "natural" responses to the questions asked, can lessen overall performance.



Ranking for offers is based on a combination of scores from these three components weighted as follows:

  • UCAT ANZ results 20%
  • Interview results 40%
  • Academic Score results 40%

Feedback on performance and overall ranking will not be released by the University. Information regarding applicants and their applications is confidential and will not be released to an advocate of the applicant, whether family or friends.


Ranking for offers is based on a combination of ATAR, UCAT, Medical Interview scores. Students must achieve an ATAR of 90 or above, an International Baccalaureate score of 33 or above or the interstate/overseas equivalent. A minimum GPA of 5.0. Bonus Points: Bonus points for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree are available for school-leaver applicants.

University of Adelaide - Dentistry Interview

Interviews for the BDS degree are conducted in late November and into December and are generally be of 15 minutes duration. An applicant will be assessed by a panel of two interviewers.

For all applicants, with the exception of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway, interview eligibility is based on your performance in the UCAT, with each of sections 1-4 having equal weight. Section 5 of the UCAT (the Situational Judgment Test) component of the test will not be used to determine eligibility for interview or admission entry in 2020.

On Tuesday the 27th of October 2020, you will receive an email from the University of Adelaide to the email address provided in your SATAC application.

  • The interview will focus on an applicant’s:
  • Knowledge of the University of Adelaide BDS degree
  • Motivation to become a Dentist
  • Compatibility with the University of Adelaide BDS degree
  • Interpersonal and communication skills.

Applicants are encouraged to prepare for this interview.

Applicants are also encouraged to have discussions with dentists, dental specialists, dental academics; observing a dental practitioner in a variety of practice settings; hands-on experience e.g. dental assistant work.

Full details of selection criteria, application deadlines, and other requirements for all applicants, as well as:

University of Adelaide medical interview questions, University of Adelaide medicine interview dates, and University of Adelaide dentistry dental surgery interview dates are set out in the '2020 Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Oral health Admissions Guide'.

The University of Adelaide also offers five other pathways into dentistry:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI)
  • Wirltu Yarlu Education Access Pathway
  • Higher Education Pathway
  • Rural Background Entry Pathway
  • Secondary School Leaver Pathway

Please ensure you have read the Dentistry Admissions Guide for further information about interviews, along with an overview of the entry process.

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