The University of New South Wales: UCAT and Medical Course Entry Information

In this article, we give you the run-down on the University of New South Wales courses that require UCAT.

In this article, we’re going to give you an overview of The University of NSW and the medicine courses it offers that require UCAT for admission.


An Overview of The University of NSW

The University of NSW (known as UNSW) was established in 1943 however its history can be traced back to the formation of Sydney Mechanics Institue in 1843.

UNSW is a member of the Group of Eight and has a strong research community. Currently, there are 59,871 students enrolled at UNSW with 35,679 of those students domestic.

There are 18 different colleges and student accommodation options with 4,400 beds for students on campus.

Some of these options include:

  • The Village
  • Colombo College
  • Fig Tree Hall, etc.

UNSW has a vibrant campus life with various things to do! The university has many restaurants, bars, societies, and events to help students live a balanced life.

There are many seminars as well to help students become career-ready.

For medicine, UNSW has two campuses:


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Medical Courses Offered that require UCAT

The University offers two medical courses to students. The following table outlines the courses offered, its specifics, and entry requirements such as ATAR and UCAT score:

Medical CoursesCourse CodeEntry RequirementsLength of courseCampus taught
Bachelor of Medical Studies/ Doctor of Medicine3805ATAR:

  • In 2019, the lowest ATAR which received local entry was 97.20.
  • In 2019, the lowest ATAR which received entry though the Rural entry Scheme was 91.45.
  • The minimum ATAR students need is 96.00.


The minimum IB score students need is 37.


There are no prerequisites for the degree.

Entry Requirements:

Student applications are ranked for an offer based upon the combination of UCAT, ATAR and Interview results.

Application process:

  • Students are required to sit the UCAT and score a high mark.
  • Students are also required to complete an application through the Medicine Application Portal which can be accessed through the UNSW website.
  • Students will then be invited for an interview if they meet the criteria. Approximately, 450 local applicants are interviewed each year.

Interview Criteria and structure:

  • Criteria: The interview covers a range of issues and analyses your ability to respond to different situations.
  • Structure: Students are interviewed by two individuals who could be academic staff, medical practitioners and community representatives.

Other options to entry:

  • If you are not offered a place into UNSW medicine at the completion of Year 12, you are able to apply again whilst studying a tertiary degree. You must do the UCAT again to apply.
  • Students who have completed more than 1 year of full-time study will be assessed on a 50:50 basis and both their university and ATAR mark will be counted.
  • Students who have completed less than 0.75 of a full-time university load will be assessed only on the basis of their Year 12 marks.

Degree facts:

  • The fourth year of the degree is an independent learning project whereby students research a topic of choice.
  • High marks in the Bachelor of Medical Studies component of this program will allow you to undertake a one-year research program and gain honours.
6 years full-timeKensington

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Bachelor of Medical Studies/ Doctor of Medicine/ Arts3856The entry to this degree has the same requirements and process as the program listed above. The only difference with this program is that students spend a part of their degree completing a Bachelor of Arts in addition to Medicine.8 years full-timeKensington



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