The University of Newcastle & University of New England: UCAT and Course Entry Information (2021 Update)

In this article, we give you the run-down on the joint medical program from the University of Newcastle and the University of New England that require UCAT. (We recently updated our article to ensure that you're always receiving the right information!)

In this article, we’re going to give you an overview of joint medical program run by the University of Newcastle and the University of NEW England and the UCAT and other entry requirements


An Overview of the University of Newcastle and University of New England

The University of Newcastle is located in an urban city and was established in 1965, with an enrolment of over 45,000.

The University of New England is located in Armidale, a large rural town, and was established in 1938, with an enrollment of over 22,500.


Collectively, both universities do a Joint Medical Program in partnership with the Central Coast Local Health District and the Hunter New England Local Health District. This program has run for 10 Years.

There is on-campus and off-campus accommodation available at both Armidale (University of New England) and Newcastle (University of Newcastle).

Regardless of what campus you choose to go too, both universities provide a great university experience through their various events and societies.


As this is a Joint Medical program, specific rankings for the program do not exist.


Medical Courses Offered?

The Universities collectively offer a Joint Medical Program for undergraduate students. The following table outlines the course offered, its specifics, and entry requirements such as ATAR and UCAT score:


Medical CoursesCourse CodeEntry RequirementsLength of courseCampus taught
Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine

(Joint Medical Program)


  • The minimum ATAR required for students applying at the end of high-school from an urban school is 94.30.
  • The minimum ATAR required for students who completed their studies in a rural town is 91.40.


There are no subject prerequisites required for the Joint Medical Program.

Entry Requirements:

  • The JMP program consists of an assessment of personal qualities to measure suitability from a range of criteria that is not purely academic. This is done through: UCAT, multiple skills assessment, and personal qualities assessment.

Application process:

  • Students will need to sit the UCAT.
  • There is an online application form that students will need to complete and submit to the University directly.
  • You will also need to apply through UAC and if selected for an interview, attend the interview to see if you meet the selection criteria.
  • The invitation for an interview will be based upon your marks in sections 1- 4 of UCAT.

Interview Criteria and structure:

  • Criteria: The assessment will test your capability to succeed within the JMP learning environment, making non-biased decisions without knowing their outcome, interpersonal skills, and your motivation to undertake this program.
  • Structure: The interview is structured as a Multiple Skills Assessment and involves applicants rotating around 8 stations to complete a range of activities and discussions. After doing the stations, you will do an online test to see your personal qualities.

Other options to entry:

  • If you do not receive entry at the completion of high school, you are able to apply whilst studying a degree. Entry through this pathway requires students to complete a minimum of one full-time year in a single degree. Through this pathway, your university marks will be substituted for your ATAR.
  • 30% of the students admitted to this program will be from rural backgrounds. If you have lived in a rural area, you are able to apply through the Rural and Remote Admissions Scheme.
  • 17 places are set aside for Indigenous students through the Miroma Bunbilla Program.

Degree facts:

  • 170 offers into the program are made each year.
  • The degree includes a large amount of practical experience, with clinical skills starting from the first year.
  •  28.5% of the places are Bonded Medical Places.
 5 years full-timeNewcastle or Armidale



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