While the 2019 medicine year is up and running, the medicine application cycle for 2020 is at its most embryonic.


Information about significant medicine application deadlines for April 2019 is given below. A separate monthly deadline listing is now also provided in Study Medicine (see Deadline Listing in the navigation bar). This deadline listing has been compiled from over 70 separate webpage sources and is now also available as a downloadable PDF. This enables the listing to be searched so you can more easily identify pertinent information.

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Very early applications

The 3rd April heralds the very early stage of the 2020 application process with the opening of UAC’s application period for undergraduate and international admissions. This same date applies for applications for the Schools Recommendation Scheme, Educational Access Scheme and Equity Scholarships.

The Schools Recommendation Schemes relate to early offers that are made by universities to current Year 12 students for undergraduate admission. The Educational Access Scheme relates to students who’s studies have been negatively impacted during Year 11 or Year 12. The scale of the impact must have been at least 6 months and due to circumstances beyond the student’s control. International students are not able to apply for this Scheme. Equity Scholarships assist students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, particularly those receiving Centrelink payments.

UNSW also open their medicine application portal on this same date (3rd April) to coincide with that of UAC. The medicine application portal commensurately closes on 30th September. UNSW have advised this is the same date as the close of UAC on time applications.

Postgraduate applications

April is also the start of the application period for postgraduate medicine in Australia. UAC open their qualification assessment service on the 1st April. This assists students to determine if they are eligible for tertiary study. Importantly, this service also provides GPA calculations - with this assessment being a required document to be submitted as part of University of Sydney’s medicine application process.

GEMSAS publish their admissions guide on 4th April. The University of Wollongong reports that GEMSAS will open application and portfolio submissions in late April, though, this is not currently indicated by GEMSAS. The University of Sydney also open their application system to international and domestic students around this time (on the 23rd April)

ISAT testing for international students in Brisbane

ISAT testing takes place in Brisbane on the 10th and 11th April. Other ISAT testing locations are Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

Don’t forget UCAT

The way students are assessed for undergraduate medicine in Australia changes this year with the introduction of UCAT. The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) replaces the UMAT and the benefit of this is it is a 2 hour computer based assessment that is conducted during the month of July (UMAT was previously conducted at a physical location on a single, specific day).

UCAT is used as a key component in assessing undergraduate students for medicine degrees by the following universities:

  • Curtin, Flinders, Monash, University of Adelaide, University of Newcastle/University of New England, UNSW, University of Queensland, UTas, UWA and Western Sydney University.

Bookings for UCAT opened on the 1st March and close on the 17th May so make sure you book and pay within these dates as you will not be able to apply for undergraduate medicine at the above universities if you have not undertaken UCAT. There are also resources available on the UCAT website and these can be found here.

ANU admission changes

There are also important changes to the ANU domestic undergraduate admission process with the introduction of the co-curricular or service requirement. These changes take place this year for students who are wishing to commence at ANU from 2020 and beyond. Applicants need to demonstrate they have 3 out of a possible 7 skills.

The important aspect to note is that domestic undergraduate applications to ANU now also include a separate co-curricular or service submission. Even though medicine at ANU is a postgraduate degree it is important students who wish to progress through an undergraduate degree to ANU postgraduate medicine note this requirement. Applications opened on the 4th March and close on the 31 May.




Study Medicine information has been compiled from Australian university information sources and therefore is a guide. Authoritative information is provided by the university or admissions centre only. Make sure you obtain information directly from the university or admissions centre before making any decisions. 

The above information is intended to help you understand significant admissions deadlines. Remember, information can always change, so ensure you keep up to date by regularly checking directly with the university and relevant admissions centre.