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UNSW Medicine - Bachelor of Medical Studies / Doctor of Medicine (BMed/MD)

Students are selected for entry into the UNSW Medicine Degree on the basis of:

  • ATAR (in 2019 lowest selection ATAR was 91.45). The lowest selected ATAR for 2020 will be know after all of the spots for the medical degree will be filled and Semester 1 started (17 February 2020). 
  • OP3 (QLD)
  • 37 International Baccalaureate
  • Performance at the UNSW medical interview (structured panel interview). Approximately 450 applicants will be selected for an interview and interviewed for the 189 domestic student positions (bonded and unbonded).

Did you know that this year UNSW will issue NSW and ACT students with less than 24-hours notice for their interview offer?

If you have or expecting to receive a medical interview offer for UNSW Medicine then you should consider:

Enrolling into Medical Interview training workshop. Register and secure your spot as NIE only accepts a small number of students per session. 

Personalised 1-on-1 preparation with NIE Senior Interviews Trainer

Comprehensive Interview Training Package

Interview Techniques Textbook 

View all available Interview Preparation Resources offered through NIE

Dates for 2020 UNSW Medicine Entry 

1 March 2019

Registration for UCAT ANZ(link is external) opens

3 April 2019

Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)(link is external) applications open

3 April 2019

The Medicine Application Portal (MAP)(link is external) opens for local applications for UNSW Medicine

17 May 2019

Registration deadline for UCAT ANZ(link is external)

1 - 31 July 2019

UCAT ANZ(link is external) testing dates

7 September 2019

UNSW Open Day(link is external)

30 September 2019

Last day to lodge an on-time application with UAC(link is external)

30 September 2019

Last day to submit UNSW Medicine application through the Medicine Application Portal (MAP)(link is external)

17 December 2019

ATAR results released on UAC(link is external) website (1:00 pm)

17 December 2019

UNSW Medicine selects NSW/ACT applicants for interview based on actual ATAR scores and interview invitations are e-mailed to applicants

19 December 2019

UNSW Info Day(link is external)

18-23 December 2019

Interviews (NSW/ACT applicants)

10 January 2020

January Round 1 offers released via UAC(link is external)

Early January 2020

IB Results released

10 January 2020

UNSW Medicine selects IB Diploma applicants  and interstate/overseas applicants for interview and interview invitations are e-mailed to applicants

17 January 2020*

Interviews (IB/interstate/overseas applicants)
(*an additional interview day - 16 January 2020 - may be added if required for IB candidates only)

23 January 2020

January Round 2 offers released via UAC(link is external)

17 February 2020

Commencement of Year 1

UNSW Medicine Interview offers will be based on the following:

Applicants are offered an interview on the basis of the combination of their ATAR (or ATAR equivalent) and UCAT ANZ marks. Interviews are offered to the highest combined ranking applicants until all interview places have been filled (we usually interview approximately 450 local applicants each year). The overall ranking is not an average, thus to be invited for an interview, one must obtain high ranks on all selection tools – a high rank on one selection tool cannot compensate for a low rank on another.

Interviews are structured and cover a wide range of relevant issues. There will be two interviewers drawn from academic staff, medical practitioners and community representatives. All shortlisted applicants must be available to attend an interview in Sydney during the set interview period. Applicants who are unable to attend their interview on the relevant date will not be considered further.

The minimum achievements required to be considered for an interview are as follows:

  • Academic merit
  • Year 12 students
  • For applicants seeking admission on the basis of the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC), a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 96.00 or equivalent is required to be eligible for consideration.

The minimum achievements are:

ATAR of 96.00 (NSW, ACT, VIC, SA, NT, WA, TAS)
37 International Baccalaureate
Please check the Undergraduate Entry Table for minimum achievements in secondary certificates not listed above

*Note: The figures in this table are applicable to international students only and should be considered as an approximation only. Domestic applicants with other qualifications should use the Qualifications Assessments Service.

University students and graduates
Applicants who will have completed one year or more of tertiary studies at an undergraduate level by the end of the year preceding their start in the Medicine program will be assessed on the basis of both high school results (ATAR or ATAR equivalent) and tertiary study results, combined at a 50:50 ratio. Applicants will be required to attain an academic rank of at least 96.00.

Applicants who will have completed less than 0.75 full-time equivalent study at tertiary level by the end of the year preceding their start in the Medicine program will be assessed only on the basis of their high school qualification (see “Year 12 students” above).

The University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand (UCAT ANZ) is a two-hour computer-based test which assesses a range of abilities. The test consists of five separately timed subtests (Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement) which each contain a number of questions in a multiple-choice format.

For further information about UCAT ANZ and to register for the test, visit the UCAT ANZ website(link is external).

For selection, UNSW Medicine considers the total mark obtained from the UCAT ANZ, that is the overall score of Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning. The Situational Judgement mark will not be considered this year. There is no minimum UCAT ANZ score as such. However, it is expected that only applicants who have reached the 50th percentile would meet the threshold to be invited for an interview.

Email NIE to discuss the preparation strategies for the styles and structure of the interview questions at the University of New South Wales. UNSW medicine interview questions. UNSW medicine interview dates, or visit the university's website for complete information about admission into Medicine at the UNSW or read about Medical Program at UNSW.

Still unsure how to apply for UNSW Medicine? View UNSW Medicine Undergraduate Guide

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