As shown in the Summary, the University of Sydney (USYD) offers 3 paths to medicine -

  • Path 1 - Doctor of Medicine (graduate entry) through an undergraduate degree from any university, and

  • Paths 2 and 3 - the Double Degree Program for high achieving school leavers, through a three-year undergraduate degree in either Arts or Science at the University of Sydney. These paths provide guaranteed entry to the Doctor of Medicine program.


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

This table shows, not only the requirements to obtain a place in the postgraduate 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 your undergraduate degree. 

How USYD Compares with Other Universities - Scroll further down, below the table  and you'll also see the USYD Comparitor. This tool enables you to compare the 3 paths to medicine at USYD , with other university paths to medicine (offered by 19 Australian universities).  



University of SYDney detailed entry Requirements


There are a number of notable aspects in how USYD structures its postgraduate medical degree and how the 3 undergraduate paths flow to it. 


Double degree requirements

You need a serious ATAR of 99.95 to be admitted into the Double Degree Medical Program (Indigenous applicants require an ATAR of 90). The number of students admitted into this Program is 40 - with 30 domestic and 10 international places, with this representing 13% of the total medical school. Once in, students need to continue to achieve high academic levels, with a weighted average mark of a minimum of 65 needing to be maintained throughout your undergraduate degree to ensure you are able to proceed into the Doctor of Medicine degree.


Types of previous degrees appropriate for University of Sydney medicine

The University of Sydney will accept Bachelor degrees in all disciplines and from all universities. You also need to have completed at least 2 years study at the awarding institution.

Consistent with many other universities, Bachelor degrees more than 10 years old need to be refreshed. At Sydney, however, the requirement is for a completed postgraduate degree or diploma (ie rather than 1 year of full time study ie the common approach taken by other postgraduate Universities). If you are able to demonstrate sustained research productivity in a relevant area over the period post your Bachelor degree you may also be considered eligible. The additional requirement in this is you need to have completed at least 1 year full time study at the awarding institution.

Minimum time periods at awarding institutions for not apply for Indigenous applicants.

Even though the University of Sydney medical degree is predominantly a postgraduate degree, additional postgraduate qualifications (such as Masters and PhD, etc.) are not taken into consideration when calculating your grade point average.


More maths please

From 2019 USYD is introducing Mathematics (not to be confused with Mathematics General or with Mathematics Standard) as a subject prerequisite for both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees. Academic achievement in Mathematics needs to be at Band 4 level (or equivalent in interstate/IB programs).

Changes to curriculum from 2020

The University has announced changes to the curriculum from 2020. These changes relate to more time in clinical settings and preparation for practice. The implications of this is greater emphasis on biomedical science in 1st year. The University of Sydney has stated their commitment to broad studies meaning they continue to encourage students from any undergraduate discipline to apply for the medicine degree, noting that anatomy, physiology and molecular and cell biology knowledge is assumed. To address this curriculum change, the University of Sydney is introducing an online Foundational Knowledge Course specifically aimed to provide required anatomy, physiology and molecular and cell biology knowledge. This Course will include an integrated self-assessment.

Completed Bachelor degree - a trap for the unsuspecting

Many Universities actively facilitate and encourage students to undertake exchange programs. There is, however a major trap for the unsuspecting at the University of Sydney with this as the University stipulates students need to have completed their undergraduate degree by 1st January of the year they intend to commence Doctor of Medicine studies. The implications of this is if you are also intending to undertake summer school activities or an exchange program that may delay the completion of your degree beyond 1st January this will make you ineligible for the Doctor of Medicine program that year.

The University of Sydney is complicated

The University of Sydney acknowledge their application process for the Doctor of Medicine is complicated - so much so that they recommend students commence the application process at least 1 year in advance.

University of Sydney - following the psychology trend??

The University has announced it is trialing a Situational Judgement Test. The trial is taking place in 2019 and will be undertaken by domestic students who apply for the Doctor of Medicine degree. These applicants will be asked to complete a 30 min online Situational Judgement Test after their interview. The University has indicated that this is a trial only and results will not affect whether a candidate is offered a place.



university of sydney Comparitor


USYD Comparitor - Click the arrow to scroll through other university paths to medicine to compare the University of Sydney's paths (some universities have numerous paths and these are shown on separate pages).




USYD'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 University of Sydney 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 Sydney.