About the UQ Medical School ProgramThe UQ Medical School conducts a four-year, graduate-entry medical program, the Doctor of Medicine (MD). The UQ MD is a professional entry extended masters medical training program, which replaced the MBBS program in 2015.
Program: Doctor of Medicine
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is recommended that applicants apply early to increase their chances of timely assessment.
Entry Requirements for the UQ Medical Program1. Performance in a key degree within the last 10 years. The GPA will be based on the student’s most recently completed key degree. A key degree is a bachelor’s degree, honours degree, master’s degree (coursework or research) or a PhD. Applications must meet a minimum average to be eligible. For the 2016 intake, an applicant must have a minimum average of 5.0 on UQ's scale of 7.0 (65%) to apply.
2. Performance in the North American Medical College Admission Test (MCAT or GAMSAT). Applications must meet a minimum of 8/8/8 or 8/8/M/8 on the MCAT to be eligible. UQ will accept MCAT scores with one ‘7’ score, as long as there’s no more than one ‘7’, nothing less than a ‘7’, and meets the total requirement of 24 or 24M.
No deadline has been set for the final MCAT sitting eligible for assessment; however, students must be aware that only completed applications (including MCAT results) will be assessed. By sitting the MCAT sooner, you are potentially increasing your chances of program spots being available when your application is complete.
3. Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ School of Medicine program director, in person, in Canada. Consultations will be one-on-one meetings with the UQ Medical School program director to determine your suitability for the program and motivations for practicing medicine. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the UQ medical program, clinicals, opportunities in Canada, licensing, internships in Australia, etc.
While are no prerequisites for admission into the UQ Doctor of Medicine program, the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine recommends that students prepare themselves for the MD by undertaking undergraduate, second-year university-level courses in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Students with this level of knowledge will more easily transition into the clinical case-based model that forms the foundation of the UQ MD program in Years 1 and 2.
The clinical focus in the MD curriculum incorporates a Case Based Learning (CBL) model. Using the CBL model, real life clinical case scenarios are used, and students are assumed to have a degree of prior knowledge (especially of the sciences underpinning the case). The UQ MD's CBL sessions are conducted by clinicians providing students with opportunities to engage with clinical reasoning and experiences early on in the program. This is why it is important for applicants to have a solid foundation in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry when entering their medical studies at UQ.