The University of New South Wales
Bachelor of Medical Studies / Doctor of Medicine (BMed/MD)
Students are selected for entry into the UNSW Medicine Degree on the basis of:
- ATAR (at least 96) / (OP3, IB 37)
- UMAT (at least 150)
- Performance at the UNSW interview (semi-structured panel interview)
These three elements are equally weighted. You are most likely to be selected if you achieve the highest possible result in each of these criteria.
UNSW Medicine Interview
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Applicants are offered UNSW Medicine interviews on the basis of their combined predicted or actual ATAR and their actual UMAT scores. Interviews are offered to the highest ranking applicants until all interview places have been filled. Interviews take place in November and early January. A maximum of 500 applicants will be interviewed. The interview will be semi-structured and will cover a wide range of relevant issues. There will be two interviewers drawn from academic staff, medical practitioners and community representatives.
For students sitting their final high school exams in 2016, schools will be asked to submit predicted HSC ATAR (or equivalent) results to assist in the selection of students for the November round of interviews. Offers of interviews for January 2017 will be based on actual ATAR and UMAT.
There is a special round of UNSW Medicine interviews held in late January for applicants from interstate (excluding ACT) and New Zealand. As this is after the first round offers are made, it allows interstate applicants to wait until they know whether or not they have a place in a medical school in their home state. This means that most applicants are saved the very significant time and expense of travelling from interstate to UNSW for an interview.
The UNSW medical interview will be semi-structured and will cover a wide range of relevant issues. There will be two interviewers drawn from academic staff, medical practitioners and community representatives.
UNSW interview dates:
Invitations for UNSW medical interviews will be sent out during early November. This round of interviews will be offered to students based on their predicted ATAR. Applicants from NSW and ACT will have their interviews during late November through to early December.
Next round of interview offers will be released mid-December, and will be based on the actual ATAR results. NSW and ACT applicants whose ATAR threshold was met will be interviewed during early January.
Main round offers for UNSW Medicine will be released via UAC during late January. Intestate and overseas applicants will be interviewed after release of the main round offers.
**Selection and interview dates for 2017 entry can change. Check UNSW Medicine website for details.
There are no prerequisites for entry into UNSW Medicine. However, there is assumed knowledge of Standard English (in the NSW HSC). Assumed knowledge is a level of achievement at the HSC (or equivalent) considered desirable for successful study. Students who do not have the assumed level of knowledge are not prevented from enrolling, but may be placed at a disadvantage.
Please also refer to the section "What subjects should I study at High School?" in the section "Frequently Asked Questions".
University students and graduates
Applicants who apply for entry in 2017 and who will have completed one year or more of tertiary studies at undergraduate level by the end of 2016 will be assessed on the basis of both their high school results and their tertiary results. These will be combined in the ratio of 50:50. They will be required to attain an academic rank of at least 96 to be eligible for consideration for UNSW Medicine.
Applicants who will have completed less than 0.75 Full Time Equivalent study at the tertiary level by the end of 2016 will be assessed only on the basis of their high school qualifications. Tertiary results for such students will not be taken into consideration. They will also be required to have obtained an academic rank of at least 96 in their final high school results to be eligible for consideration for entry to UNSW Medicine.
Please also refer to the section "Can I gain admission after partly completing or completing another undergraduate degree?" in the section "Frequently Asked Questions".
Please note that there is no separate quota for university students.
Applicants who have not completed the NSW HSC (or equivalent) are required to complete a minimum of one year full time of recognised university studies.
UNSW Bachelor of Medical Science students "Lateral Entry"
This graduate entry stream is only available to UNSW students commencing the Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc). Up to 10 places will be available for students to enter year 4 of the Medicine program with advanced standing. This entry scheme is not available to international students.
Selection will be on the basis of the weighted average mark for the first two years of BMedSc, the UMAT score and interview results. These three selection criteria will be weighted equally.
Applicants will be selected for interview in the November/early January immediately after completion of Year 2 of their degree, on the basis of BMedSc results to date (weighted average mark) and UMAT score. Note that the interview may differ from that undertaken by applicants in the other categories of entry.
This entry pathway leads to the offer of a provisional place and is subject to completion of all the other requirements for the BMedSc with Honours plus additional coursework as prescribed. Further details and conditions on the graduate entry stream.
Email NIE to discuss the preparation strategies for the styles and structure of the interview questions at the University of New South Wales. UNSW medicine interview questions. UNSW medicine interview dates, or for complete information about admission into Medicine at the UNSW, we highly recommend to read 2017 UNSW Undergraduate Medicine Guide.