The UNSW Summary shows there are 3 paths to medicine at UNSW. These are:-

  • direct entry to the undergraduate medical degree for high school students

  • students who have a previous degree, or commenced a degree but have not completed it, and

  • students entering through the Bachelor of Medical Science Honours degree at UNSW - known as graduate lateral entrants to medicine at UNSW.


Entry Requirements - The full details regarding the entry requirements for medicine at UNSW 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 3 paths flow into the medical degree and what you need to keep in mind, not only for medicine, but also when applying for other degrees if you are seeking to enter as a graduate. 

How UNSW Compares with Other Universities - Scroll further down, below the table  and you'll also see the UNSW Comparitor. This tool enables you to compare the 3 paths to medicine at UNSW with other university paths to medicine.  



UNSW detailed entry Requirements


There are a number of notable aspects in how UNSW structures its undergraduate medical degree.  


Bachelor of Medical Science entry

A very limited number of students who are undertaking the Bachelor of Medical Science Honours degree at UNSW (10 in total, which represents approximately 5% of students undertaking the degree) have the opportunity to transfer into the medical degree. An assessment is undertaken at the end of second year with successful students receiving provisional entry to the medical program. These students are required to complete their Bachelor of Medical Studies Honours degree, complete bridging courses and are then able to commence the medical degree at Phase 2 i.e. do not have to commence medicine at year 1, do not have to undertake the Bachelor of Medical Studies degree and instead commence at the Doctor of Medicine degree stage. As a result, graduate lateral entry students spend a total of 7 years, as opposed to direct entry from high school students who take 6 years, completing the medical program. UNSW advises these students will graduate with a Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine degree.


Different arrangements for rural students compared with locals

There are different approaches taken to determine whether or not you secure an interview - and this depends on whether you are a non-rural (domestic or international) or rural applicant. Domestic/international students are assessed for the offer of an interview based on both their ATAR and UCAT/ISAT results, whereas rural students are assessed on their UCAT and rurality rating. The difference in rural students’ interview eligibility not taking ATAR outcomes into consideration is because interviews are scheduled just 2 days after the release of ATAR results and this would give rural students insufficient time to travel to the interview location. As a result, rural students are invited to interview based only on their UCAT result (and rurality rating).

Other graduate entrants into the program

UNSW states lateral entry to medicine through the Bachelor of Medical Science Honours degree as being the graduate entry stream.

UNSW also, however, states that applicants with partially completed or completed degrees (Bachelor, Masters by course work and by research, and PhDs) may also apply for medicine. Notably there is no 10 year rule for when previous degrees need to have been completed and also no limit in terms of the number of times applicants may apply. The key aspect is the equivalent academic rank - which for graduates is based on a combined high school ATAR (50%) and your highest university degree score (50%) with the combination of these needing to be at an ATAR equivalent level of at least 96 or 91 (rural).

City or country

Last year UNSW opened New South Wales’ first fully regional medical undergraduate degree at Port Macquarie. This enables UNSW medical degree applicants to choose whether they want to undertake their medical studies at either a regional or city location.



UNSW Comparitor


Click the arrow to scroll through other university paths to medicine to compare UNSW's paths (some universities have numerous paths and these are shown on separate pages).




UNSW's Paths to Medicine

Compared with -

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 UNSW 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 New South Wales.