James Cook University (JCU) is an undergraduate medical degree. A limited number of graduate entrants/non-school leavers with complete/incomplete degrees may be accepted, but most places in JCU's medical school are for school leavers. Notably, James Cook is the only university that does not require applicants to undergo a psychometric test or UCAT assessment. 


Scroll down to see the available entry paths to James Cook University medicine



Available paths 


There are 2 possible paths to medicine at JCU:- 


Path 1: Direct entry for school leavers

You need English, Mathematics B and Chemistry all at Sound Achievement level, to apply for the JCU medical degree. JCU also indicates Biology and Physics are highly desirable. Your Year 12 studies must also have been completed within the past 2 years.


Path 2: Bachelor degree or higher (any degree, any university) or incomplete degree.



How the paths compare


The James Cook University medical program is an undergraduate degree and therefore high school applicants are strongly favoured. There are a small number of places available for students who have either a completed degree - at JCU or at other universities, or applicants with an incomplete degree. 



How selection works


The selection criteria for James Cook University medicine comprises a 2 stage process (like many other universities):-

Stage 1: Criteria for Interview

Your academic results from school or from university are assessed by JCU. Importantly, this assessment takes into account both your predicted result and your actual final year result. It is also worth remembering, therefore, that information regarding your predicted academic performance (if you are a school leaver) needs to be provided by an official from your school. If you are a non-school leaver, your academic performance is based on your most recent course GPA (complete or incomplete). 

You are also required to submit a written application as part of the JCU selection process.

Your academic results (predicted/actual) together with your written application are used to determine who's offered an interview.

Stage 2: Criteria for an offer of a place in the medical degree

JCU takes your academic performance in Year 12 (or in subsequent tertiary studies) and uses this, together with your interview results, to determine who's offered a place.

James Cook University does not disclose the selection criteria weightings it uses to determine how places in its medical program are allocated. 




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.