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

In this article, we give you the run-down on the University of Queensland courses 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 The University of Queensland and the medical courses it offers that require UCAT for admission.


In this article on The University of Queensland,


An Overview of The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland was established in 1909 and currently has 35,076 undergraduate students enrolled.

The university is a founding member of Group of Eight and is a partner in the Translational Research Institute which focuses on the future in biomedical research.

The university provides on-campus accommodation through the various colleges, approved off-campus accommodation and rentals.

There are 10 colleges you can choose from if you wish to stay on campus which include:

  • King’s College
  • Cromwell House
  • Women’s College
  • St John’s College
  • and others.


The university has a student employability centre that assists students with volunteering, work experience, participating in conferences, global experiences, etc.

You are also able to get involved with various cultural facilities, one or more of the 220 clubs available and social events on campus!


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University of Queensland Medical Courses Offered that require UCAT

The University offers provisional entry into Doctor of Medicine and Bachelor of Dental Sciences (Honours).

The following table outlines the courses offered, its specifics, and entry requirements like ATAR and UCAT score:


Doctor of Medicine (Provisional entry)

Course Code (QTAC)Length of courseCampus
721302, 7214024 Years full-timeSt Lucia


Admission Requirements


  • The minimum ATAR required is 95.00.


  • The minimum IB score required is 42.


  • Queensland Year 12 English (or equivalent)


Entry Requirements:

The minimum entry requirements for this program include:

  • Year 12 English
  • An ATAR above 95.00
  • A competitive UCAT result
  • Successful Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

The value for each of the requirements are:

  • ATAR (25%)
  • UCAT Section 1-4 (25%)
  • MMI score (50%)

Note: Applicants with the same final score will be ranked by their MMI scores.

As entry to this program is provisional students must also:

  • Complete first bachelors degree at UQ within the minimum time specified
  • Achieve an overall minimum GPA of 5.0 out of 7.0
  • Complete required tertiary prerequisite courses: Integrative Cell and Tissue Biology, and System Physiology

in order to progress to MD.

Interview Criteria and structure:

Multiple Mini Interviews were introduced in 2021. Applicant’s UCAT scores are ranked against each other, so only the applicants with the highest UCAT scores are invited to an interview.

For the 2020 intake, the aggregate UCAT score was 2870. However, this score will very every year, and cannot be determined in advance.

  • Criteria: An MMI intends to assess the applicant’s personal qualities like empathy, integrity, adaptability, and verbal communication skills, predictive validity, and reliability.
  • Structure: It is held as a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). Applicants will rotate between multiple stations with a short break in between each session.

Other options to entry:

  • As this is a provisional entry, minimum requirements must be met to be offered a place. If you are not offered a place, you are able to the graduate Medicine program at the completion of your Bachelors.

Degree facts:

  • 28.5% of places are Bonded Medical Places
  • 28% of all places are set aside for rural applicants
  • Approximately, 280 students are offered a place.


Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)

Course Code (QTAC)Course LengthCampus
7120025 Years full-timeHerston, St Lucia

Admission requirements


  • UQU stated that the OP cutoff was 1. The equivalent ATAR of this is 98.85.
  • The minimum adjusted score which was considered for entry in 2019 was 99.00.
  • The median ATAR was 99.00.


  • The minimum IB score required is 42.


The degree has a number of prerequisites students must satisfy. These include:

  • Year 12 English
  • Year 12 Chemistry
  • Year 12 Biology is recommended

Entry Requirements:

  • Students must achieve the minimum ATAR results.
  • Applicants must have a competitive UCAT score. Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAT.
  • There is no interview for entry into this program.

The overall score is based on the applicant’s ATAR score and UCAT results.

Other options to entry:

If you are not offered a place at the completion of Year 12, there are various entry pathways you can use to get into this program. These include:

  • Tertiary study pathway: Study an alternative degree to meet subject prerequisites or improve entry score. After completing one year of full-time university study, your Year 12 marks will not count.
  • Intensive courses: Allow you to meet the requirements for subjects and have an increased chance at receiving an offer.

Degree facts:

  • Oldest and largest dental school in Australia.


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Clinical placement information

The University of Queensland provides detailed and easy to access information about clinical placements for their medical degrees.


Doctor of Medicine (provisional entry)

Students are able to undertake an observership in the first year of their MD. This is voluntary and isn’t recorded on their transcript – information can be found here.

In Phase 2 (years 3 and 4), MD students have allocated placements.

In the 3rd year, students undertake 5 placements across two semesters

Hospital Practice SemesterComprehensive Clinical Practice Semester
  • Medicine (9 weeks)
  • Surgery (9 weeks)
  • Mental Health (6 weeks)
  • GP (6 weeks)
  • Rural & Remote Medicine (6 weeks) – Domestic students /
  • Medicine in Society (6 weeks) – International students

More information can be found, here.

The 4th year sees students undertake clinical placements across a broad range of specialties over two semesters:

Women’s and Children’s Health SemesterAdvanced Hospital Care Semester
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (6 weeks)
  • Paediatrics (6 weeks)
  • Elective (6 weeks)
Medical Specialties (6 weeks)

  • Surgical Specialties (5 weeks)
  • Ophthalmology (2 weeks)
  • Orthopaedics (3 weeks)

Critical Care (7 weeks)

  • Anaesthetics (2 weeks)
  • ICU (2 weeks)
  • Emergency (3 weeks)

More information about fourth-year placements can be found here.


Bachelor of Dental Science

UQ Bachelor of Dental Science students gain significant practical experience throughout their degree. Clinical experience, paralleled by our virtual patient program, commences in 1st year and continues throughout the program, with direct patient care commencing in the latter half of the 2nd year.

Students undertake supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings including the Oral Health Centre as well as Queensland government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service clinics. During placements, students have opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop clinical skills in real-life settings.

Students commence treating patients from year two of the program.

In their final year, students undertake a 39-week placement.


Clinical sites

School of Clinical Medicine (Metro)

  • The Prince Charles hospital
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
  • Mater Hospital Brisbane
  • Greenslopes Private hospital
  • Ipswich Hospital

Rural Clinical School

  • Bundaberg hospital
  • Hervey Bay Hospital
  • Toowoomba Hospital
  • Rockhampton Hospital
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