Central Queensland University: UCAT and Course Entry Information (2021 Update)

In this article, we give you the run-down on the Central Queensland University courses that require UCAT. (We recently updated our article to ensure that you're always receiving the right information!)

Central Queensland University recently introduced the UCAT exam requirement for their Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine) degree! In this article, we’re going to give you an overview of Central Queensland University and the medical courses it offers which require UCAT for admission.


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An Overview of Central Queensland University

Central Queensland University was established in 1967 in Rockhampton as the Queensland Institute of Technology (QIT). The University changed its name to CQUniversity in 2009.

In 2014, CQU merged with CQ TAFE, delivering apprenticeships, trades and training, performing and visual arts, education, psychology, community services etc.

The University now has over 30 000 students over numerous campuses across Australia, including Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Melbourne, Sydney, and Townsville.

There is also 2 on-campus colleges where students can find accommodation: Capricornia College, and Canefield College Mackay. The university also provides sports and fitness facilities.



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Medical Courses Offered that require UCAT

Central Queensland University offers a Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine) degree to undergraduate students. The following table outlines the course offered, its specifics, and entry requirements like UCAT score.


Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine)

Course CodeCourse LengthCampus
CM173 years full-timeBundaberg, Rockhampton


Entry requirements

Academic requirements:




The University does not specify IB entry requirements



Students must study the following subjects:

  • English

Applicants are recommended to study the following:

Mathematical Methods or equivalent

One of:

    • Biology or
    • Physics


Entry Requirements:

Applicants are accepted into the school based on the following:

  • ATAR = 25%
  • UCAT (first 4 sections) = 25%
  • MMI = 50%


Application process:

All applicants must:

  • Achieve the minimum academic requirement
  • Achieve a high UCAT score
  • Pass the interview


Interview Criteria and structure:

Applicants are invited to an interview based on their UCAT results (excluding the Situational Judgement Test).

The Situational Judgement Test is used to differentiate between two candidates with the same score.

Criteria: The interviews attempted to assess your non-academic qualities such as:

    • Verbal communication;
    • Adaptability; and
    • Empathy


    • The interviews are structured as Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
    • There are multiple stations with short breaks in between each station
    • You will be interviewed by one interviewer at each station


Degree facts:

There are 20 places in Bundaberg, and 20 places offered in Rockhampton

This degree cannot be delayed

This is a provisional degree – You must achieve a passing grade in the following courses and complete this degree to move on to the Doctor of Medicine:

    • BMSC11007 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1
    • BMSC11008 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2
    • BMSC12006 Cardiorespiratory Physiology and
    • BMSC12007 Neurological Physiology and
    • BMSC12015 Cell Biology




Clinical placement information

Work Integrated Learning experiences are offered throughout the course to prepare you for your career in Medicine. Final year students undertake community placements, clinical immersion experiences and work-integrated learning opportunities with health service providers in Central Queensland and Wide Bay.

There are 3 units with a practical component:

  1. BMSC12006 – Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Measurement
  2. BMSC12007 – Neurological Physiology & Measurement
  3. BMSC13012 – Advanced Work Integrated Learning
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