The James Cook University Summary shows there are 2 paths to medicine at James Cook. These are:-

  • Path 1 - direct entry for high school leavers and

  • Path 2 - for graduates (with a Bachelor degree or higher from any university) that is either complete or incomplete.


Entry Requirements - The full details regarding entry requirements for medicine at James Cook University are given in the table below.

This table shows, not only the requirements to obtain a place in the undergraduate medical degree, but also details how each of the 2 paths flow into the medical degree and what you need to keep in mind, not only for medicine, but also when applying for your undergraduate degree should you decide to pursue the graduate entry path. 

How James Cook University Compares with Other Universities - Scroll further down, below the table  and you'll also see the James Cook University Comparitor. This tool enables you to compare the 2 paths to medicine at James Cook, with other university paths to medicine (offered by 19 Australian universities).  



james cook university detailed entry Requirements


There are a number of notable aspects in how James Cook structures its undergraduate medical degree and how the 2 entry paths flow to it. 



James Cook is one of the very few universities that don't require a UCAT. Equally, graduate entrants don't need to sit the GAMSAT (and to be specific - also don't need to sit the UCAT).

By comparison, Bond University also doesn't require students to sit the UCAT, but do require applicants to undertake a separate Bond University-specific psychometric test. James Cook, by contrast, have not replaced the UCAT with their own psychometric test and, therefore, is the only university that does not include a UCAT/GAMSAT-type of psychometric test as part of its entrance assessment. 


James Cook can afford to be lenient (to graduates).

James Cook's medical program is of moderate size - accepting 150 students and even though there are 2 paths to medicine, JCU stresses there are only limited places offered to graduates (with a Bachelor degree or higher, that can be either complete or incomplete).  

It is possibly for this reason, and the fact that JCU is an undergraduate medical degree aimed at school leavers, that JCU are not particularly prescriptive about the types of degrees non-school leavers are required to have. Many other universities are specific about the types of degrees and the currency of these degrees, specifying, for example, a 10 year currency requirement. Not JCU.

Instead, JCU describes their graduate path as being for applicants with Bachelor or higher degrees, that may be complete or incomplete. The grade point average (GPA) calculation, which is part of the selection criteria, simply states the GPA is calculated on the most recent course (commenced or completed) - which means higher degrees can be included in the GPA calculation. JCU also state, however, that other studies that do not generate a GPA score will not be taken into consideration when selecting applicants for interview.


Be careful of JCU's application requirements - don't leave it too late 

JCU might not require the UCAT, but it does have an extensive application process. This includes a Prediction of Academic Performance form that needs to be provided by an official from your school (i.e. not you!) - so it's worth remembering this will take time.  You also need to fill in JCU's Application form and this includes a written component section for applicants to complete that requires responses to set questions. 

You also can submit up to 3 letters of support - with none of these from a family member (so if you're running out of time, a note from your Mum saying you're a great person won't cut it). All of this takes time, so make sure you've got your application act together. 

If you're an international applicant, there's also additional requirements regarding provision of a range of information including certificates, transcripts, information about the grading scale at the institution where you studied, passport and English proficiency information, etc. 


Selection Criteria Specifics

JCU does not disclose the relative weighings of their selection criteria used to offer a place in the medical program. As JCU also doesn't include a UCAT/GAMSAT assessment component, the information JCU uses to determine who's offered an interview comes down purely to your academic results (actual/predicted) and the written information you provide as part of your application.

JCU also doesn't provide information about the format of the JCU interview (such as whether it is multiple station or not) or the relative weighting of its interview component. 



James cook university Comparitor


James University Comparitor - Click the arrow to scroll through other university paths to medicine to compare JCU's paths (Note: Some universities have numerous paths and these are shown on separate pages).




JCU's Paths to Medicine

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Other University Paths to Medicine



An important qualification


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

The above information is intended to help you understand the James Cook University medical degree and the available paths to gain entry. Remember, information can always change, so ensure you keep up to date by regularly checking directly with James Cook University.