The University of Queensland's (UQ) medical degree is a postgraduate degree, so you need to have completed previous university study if you want to do medicine at UQ. There is a provisional degree path to medicine at UQ and this entry pathway is more reflective of an undergraduate medicine degree application process than a postgraduate one.


Scroll down to see the available entry paths to the University of Queensland's medicine program



Available paths 


There are 2 paths to medicine at UQ.

Path 1: Undergraduate degree (UQ)

This degree path is known as Provisional Entry and enables students with the required ATAR/OP to gain entry into the postgraduate medical degree, following successful completion of a UQ undergraduate degree.

Prerequisites consist the required subjects for the undergraduate degree as well as English. 

Provisional Entry students will need to have completed two prerequisite undergraduate subjects by the end of the year prior to their commencement in the Doctor of Medicine degree (ie this means students entering in 2019 will need to have completed these subjects by 2022), these being:

  • Integrative Cell and Tissue Biology, and

  • System Physiology

Biostatistics and Anatomy are also recommended undergraduate courses.

Path 2: Bachelor, Honours, Graduate Diploma, Masters or PhD degree (any degree, any university) 

This path is known (slightly confusingly) as Direct Entry - but this only applies to graduates (whereas Direct Entry at other universities means students who commence the medical degree directly after Year 12).  

There are no prerequisite undergraduate degrees and no requirement for undergraduate degrees to have been completed at UQ, so this means if you have a degree from any recognised university, you are able to apply. There are, however, courses and subjects that UQ strongly recommends need to have been undertaken as part of your previous degree/s. These include degrees in Science, Biomedical Science and Health Science; Year 2 subjects of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry; as well as social sciences and humanities subjects/courses. 

As for Provisional Entry students, from 2022 Direct (Graduate) Entry students are required to have completed two prerequisite subjects by the end of the year prior to commencement of the Doctor of Medicine degree, being:

  • Integrative Cell and Tissue Biology, and

  • System Physiology

Biostatistics and Anatomy are also recommended undergraduate courses.

An additional requirement is that your previous degree must be less than 10 years old. If it's older, you need to complete 1 semester of postgraduate coursework within 10 years of commencing the UQ medical degree.  



How selection works


The selection criteria for UQ medicine, unlike most universities comprises a single stage process but this is changing with UQ progressively introducing a second stage interview requirement.

Provisional Entry Students: 

Stage 1: There is is currently no interview requirement. This will be introduced from 2020 for entry into the 2021 year.

Stage 2: Your UCAT and OP/Entry rank results are used to determine who's offered a place in the UQ medical degree. Note this process takes place in the same manner as an undergraduate medicine degree (ie prior to commencement at university) with the offer of a medicine place made to take effect in 3 subsequent years. An additional application is also required to secure a place in a UQ undergraduate degree.

Direct (Graduate) Entry Students: 

Stage 1: Offers of an interview from 2019 for entry into the 2020 year will be made based on GAMSAT results.

Stage 2: How interview outcomes are to be incorporated into the offer of a place are yet to be advised by UQ. Offers of a place in UQ's medical degree as advised are made primarily on the basis of GAMSAT results. This is very different to other universities that incorporate GPA into their selection process. UQ utilise GPA only to separate students that have the same GPA.



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 Queensland's 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 Queensland.