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So, you want to be a doctor? How do I get into medicine in Australia/NZ?


Congratulations on your decision to pursue medicine as a career! Medicine is an interesting, valued and rewarding profession. The process of getting into medicine can be confusing, so here’s an introduction.


Criteria for getting into medicine
Unlike most other courses, getting into medicine doesn’t just require a high ATAR. Entry into medicine at most universities is based on three criteria:

  • ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank)
  • UMAT (Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admission Test)
  • Interview (some universities also require a written application)

Each university differs slightly in how they go about selecting students for medicine, so it is important to research each university you are interested in to check what the criteria are and how they are weighted. The ‘Uni Admissions’ section of the LMS will help you do this.

Also remember that some universities require specific pre-requisite subjects to be studied in your final year of high school (such as English, Chemistry or Maths), so make sure you check that you are studying the required subjects and are on track to achieve any minimum score that might be required.


Applying for medicine
MedEntry recommends that students interested in medicine apply to more than one university (and ideally all universities for which they are eligible). This is because when interviews form part of the criteria for entry, there is always an element of subjectivity. Therefore, entry into one particular university cannot be guaranteed.

Students applying for medicine must register with their local state based academic authority, as well as interstate bodies (if applying for medicine in another state). Academic authorities include VTAC, UAC, SATAC, QTAC, TISC and the University of Tasmania. Registering with one academic body does not register you for other bodies.


Important dates
The entry process for medicine can be complex, and there are lots of important dates to keep in mind. A sample timeline is below (make sure you research the specific dates applicable for your year and your situation):

Date            Task
December   Registrations for UMAT open
Start of June   Deadline to register for UMAT
End of July   Sit UMAT
September   UMAT results released
Late September   Deadline for applying to state based academic authorities
October to January   Interview offers released*
November to January   Interviews conducted*
January   University offers released

*Dates vary depending on university

Remember that you are going to busy in your final year of schooling so it is important to be organised – note down important dates at the beginning of the year so you do not miss important deadlines!


More information
More information regarding the entry process can be obtained from:

UMAT test tactics and preparation: an overview.
Why you shouldn’t neglect English
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