The University of Adelaide Summary shows there are 2 paths to medicine at the University of Adelaide. These are:-

  • Path 1 - direct entry for high school leavers or

  • Path 2 - for undergraduates with any incomplete degree from the University of Adelaide.


Entry Requirements - The full details regarding the entry requirements for medicine at the University of Adelaide 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.  


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



University of Adelaide detailed entry Requirements


There are a number of key aspects in how the University of Adelaide structures its undergraduate medical degree and how the 2 entry paths flow to it. 


Psychometric testing - depends on who you think you are

The University of Adelaide uses psychometric testing exclusively to determine who's offered an interview. This is different, as other Australian universities usually use a combination of assessments to determine interview offers and, of these assessments, academic results make up at least a part if not a substantial proportion of the interview offer consideration.  Not so for Adelaide, who only offer an interview to those who fit the psychometric testing bill.

When it comes to the psychometric test itself, the University of Adelaide uses the UCAT for domestic students but for international students, rather than use the ISAT, the University of Adelaide specifies its own assessment test known as the Personal Qualities Assessment. Only international students are required to take this test.


Undergraduate and resolute in this

The University of Adelaide's medical program is of moderate size - accepting 172 students and even though there are 2 paths to medicine, it's clear the University of Adelaide program is fairly and squarely an undergraduate one. A few (just 20) places are offered to students already at the university, who have only studied a limited number of units (for first year students this is between 18 and 24, and for second year students between 27 and 48 units) to transfer over to the medical program. Of these 20 places, a minimum of 10 are allocated to students transferring over from the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences/Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Advanced) degrees.

No student can have a record of study from anywhere else - the specifics of this being if you have commenced study at another university, you must have withdrawn prior to the cut off when "Withdrawn Not Fail" is put on your record. 


You can defer but you can't hide 

The University of Adelaide allows students to defer for up to 2 years - many other universities don't allow you to do this. There is a catch, however, in that enrollment in the medicine degree comes with the requirement to undertake a clinical placement. If you're a Commonwealth Supported Place student - regardless of whether you are a bonded or non-bonded student, you're required to undertake 4 weeks of rural placement.  A quarter of all medical students are required to undertake one year of rural training. 

Prerequisites and their requirements

The University of Adelaide specifies biology or chemistry or mathematical methods as prerequisites but also indicate students coming through the undergraduate path from other University of Adelaide degrees may be able to satisfy these prerequisite requirements through first year studies. This reflects increasingly flexible entrance pathways (including bridging courses) that are available. So make sure you check with the university what your options are and through this determine if and how you might best meet subject prerequisite requirements.



University of Adelaide Comparitor


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




University of Adelaide Paths to Medicine

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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 University of Adelaide 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 the University of Adelaide.