University of Queensland School of Medicine in Australia
Program Overview - Doctor of Medicine (MD)
University and Faculty:
The University of Queensland (UQ)
Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
St Lucia/Herston, Queensland
January each year
Indicative Annual Tuition:
$65,824 AUD (2016)
Indicative Total Tuition:
$263,296 (est. based on 2016 fees)
The University of
Queensland (UQ) School of Medicine conducts a four-year, graduate-entry medical program, the Doctor of Medicine (MD).
The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a professional entry extended masters medical training program, which replaced the MBBS program in 2015.
The MD delivers advanced clinical training to ensure graduates are highly skilled doctors capable of meeting future challenges
in a wide variety of careers. Years 1 and 2 (Phase 1) of the program provides students with a strong foundation of knowledge,
clinical skills and research training in preparation for clinical practice in Years 3 and 4 (Phase 2), which consists of 10 core
The curriculum has been designed with an emphasis on case-based learning and group work. Students work cooperatively on a series
of patient-centred problems, each designed to highlight principles and issues in health and disease. Early patient contact and
clinical training develop high levels of clinical skills and medical knowledge.
Exposure to clinical practice is organised around 11 Clinical Schools, 9 in Queensland and 2 overseas in Brunei and United States.
Students are encouraged to enhance learning through overseas clinical placement, and may combine training with research higher
degree and executive leadership opportunities.
Ten Reasons to Study Medicine at UQ
1. Top 50 in the world for clinical and pre-clinical health and medicine metrics (QS World University Rankings 2014)
2. One of Australia’s leading medical programs
3. World-class scientists, facilities and investment
4. Quality clinical skills training
5. Integrated, problem-based learning approach
6. Early patient contact
7. A wide range of clinical training opportunities with 11 clinical schools
8. 80 per cent of students complete an elective overseas
9. Clinical schools based in USA and Brunei
10. Links to major teaching hospitals and research institute
UQ MBBS student Jonathan Da Silva of Ontario talks about his experiences completing a first-year elective back in Canada.
UQ MD Program Implementation
Unique Features of the Program
The principles upon which the design of the UQ MD is based include an emphasis on the following:
- Case-based learning (CBL) in a clinical context
- Self-directed, lifelong learning
- Critical evaluation of the scientific basis of medicine
- Integration of basic and clinical sciences throughout
- Bio-psychosocial approach to medicine
- Clinical training ab initio
- Communication skills and
- Personal and professional development
Phase 1 (2 years foundation knowledge and skills)
This phase is based around the delivery of a large group lectures and a range of smaller practicals.
An integral component of this phase is the delivery of case-based learning (CBL) tutorials. Groups consist of approximately
10 students who work co-operatively with an academic whose role is that of a facilitator rather than a tutor. Each group examines
a carefully planned series of patient-centred problems, each designed to highlight principles and issues in health and disease.
Early patient contact and clinical reasoning are also incorporated in this phase to develop high levels of clinical skills and
Phase 2 (2 years clinical rotations)
This is the clinical training phase of the MD Program where students are expected to develop higher level clinical skills
that move from a focus on data gathering and conducting an accurate history and examination to developing skills in synthesizing
and integrating information to formulate a provisional diagnosis and initial management plan.
Students undertake this phase in a variety of clinical settings and disciplines, while also learning to work in and collaborate
with clinical teams.
Professional Certification/Accreditation Information
In Canada, each province/territory is responsible for licensing physicians to practise medicine within its boundaries. Licensure
to practise medicine requires the completion of an accredited postgraduate training program, as well as the completion of national
qualifying exams. Each province may have different requirements; it is your responsibility to meet the necessary requirements for
licensure in your province.
In June of each year, OzTREKK hosts its annual Canadian Medical Licensing Seminars across Canada, which are exclusive to
students who submit their Australian medical school application via OzTREKK. These seminars provide the latest information
regarding the accreditation and medical licensing process in Canada, as well as outline options for internships in Australia and
Why Canadians Love this Program
Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the University of Queensland medical program!
2015 Intake Reviews
"The university has been very receptive to student feedback and the local students have been very supportive and inviting
of the international students. Wish we had an extra week of holidays between semesters for year 1 and 2. The program requires
a lot of hard work, and keeps you very busy, but the staff and faculty are awesome and keep you interested in learning.
Having nice weather year-round to get outside and take a break from study is a definite bonus."
"they're doing really well despite working out the kinks associated with switching over from the MBBS to the MD."
"Like: World class teaching and learning facilities Beautiful campus, especially the Great Court! Great program! Professors
are very knowledgeable. Lots of learning resources available to students. Pot specimens and gross anatomy facilities accessible
to students for private study."
2014 Intake Reviews
"A well designed program. It's perfect."
"Knowledge and approachable professors, excellent anatomy lab. Staring clinical skills right away. That it is an excellent
program, and they will be getting a lot out of the experience."
"The university is beautiful. I really enjoy the pbl aspect of the program. It really helps form strong connections with
others in the program and is pretty useful overall. Something I disliked is probably the microbiology pracs. They really
didn't seem useful at all and they weren't well guided. It's a great university and program for the most part. I definitely
enjoy this new experience and have really learned a lot."
"Not much to dislike, but a lot to like: great program that is well funded and organised, great people and that includes my
fellow students, profs and all the people running this program. awesome university and even better program, structured as
if your fellow students are your family, which is good, when you are so far from home."
"It's great weather, and it's easy to navigate compared to other foreign countries. I like the level of flexibility with
regards to studying, but I dislike how the program and professors seem very detached from the students they teach. Make sure
you are organised before you begin!"
"The weather here is warm and beautiful. It's much nicer than living under a thick blanket of snow! The Ipswich campus
has new facilities which are state of the art. The only exception is their anatomy lab which primarily has plastinated
specimens and plastic models. MBBS is a great way to become a doctor and it's a lot of fun studying at the University
"The class notes and program structure is a bit disorganized. To plan out travelling and settling down early and ahead of
time. To keep on top of coursework and be comfortable with self-directed learning. Like: having different speakers for various
lectures, class mates are friendly, good facility for learning. Lecture notes are sometimes not posted on time. That it is a
great place to study, an overall good program. Brisbane also has a lot of culture."
"I am really enjoy the quality of education here at UQ. Very nice academic team, great support. The School of Medicine at
UQ is a little bit unorganized at times. I would say that it is an amazing place to study, where the professional and academic
staff are eager help you achieve your best."
"Love that my program is taught in a variety of different formats. It allows me to craft my own learning experience. The
large class size has been a bit daunting at times, but it has also meant there are so many people for me to get to know
and many ways to be involved outside my studies. UQ has a gorgeous campus and a really wonderful academic reputation.
I feel like I am receiving top notch educational quality and have really enjoyed how well-rounded the curriculum is and
the dedication the school of medicine staff have been to the student experience."
"I really like the campus and the program itself overall. The University and the program can be disorganized sometimes but
you have to just go with the flow and rely on your peers for information. I really enjoy the clinical practicals that the
program sets up. The campus is beautiful and the professors are for the most part really great. The MBBS program and
administration can be a little disorganized but the content itself is well organized and is presented in a logical manner.
Overall it is a really good program with a lot of great people."
"I love Brisbane weather! I appreciate all the additional learning resources that are available to the MBBS students, such
as the USMLE tutorials, UQSIG anatomy tutorial groups, TROHPIQ skills day, and SWIM physical examination workshops. Although
I am very pleased with UQSOM, I do think that the MBBS class size is too large and, the program could definitely be more
organized. I am very glad that I chose to come to UQ."
"I love the country, people and culture. I also love the MBBS program offered at UQ . Definitely consider coming to
Australia to study medicine. No regrets."
"The weather in Brisbane. It's always warm. Nice change from 8 months of winter in Canada. Other then that the school is
excellent, and I have a great cohort of internationals and locals who make learning engaging and exciting. Like: Lot's of
learning resources. Excellent support networks. I really like my classmates as well. Dislike: Not always super organized.
A little large sized cohort. If you can afford it, it's definetly worth it."
"I am enjoying the program for the most part and feel at home with quite a large group of Canadians in the MBBS program.
I really like the fact that we are given the chance to learn and perform certain clinical skills early (history taking,
blood pressure, physical examinations, venepuncture, etc) and I don't think this is the norm for most first year programs.
I think the early exposure is a great advantage. UQ also has an extensive cadaver anatomy lab that I feel is pretty unique
among most medical schools, and it has definitely enhanced my overall learning. I feel that I was well prepared for the program
having come from a science undergrad background in Canada. The program structure is similar to home in many ways, and I would
definitely recommend the MBBS program to my fellow Canadians."
"The classes and professors are very interactive. Great program!"
"The facilities are fantastic, the campus is great. I dont like that there is a lot of students. It's really good.
I would encourage them to come."
"Love the program! It is very interactive and i like how they integrate all the knowledge to real life practice. The people
are so friendly. it has been one of the best decision i have ever made! I absolutely love UQ. Everyone is so friendly and
willing to help you succeed."
"It's a little disorganised. It's intense, but it has been a good all around experience. You meet some good people
with your similar mindset and work with them to achieve your goals."
"The UQ campus is beautiful and the MBBS program curriculum is structured well. However, at times the course feels disorganized
and the class size is quite large. I would definitely recommend it to other Canadians. The quality of education at UQ is great
and studying here gives you the perfect opportunity to branch out, meet new people, and experience a new country."
"The system based approach is quite convenient and the students do a good job of providing additional support. The work load
is not too heavy and is manageable. The research opportunities are also great! Australian healthcare and medical education
from what I have seen is quite competent and is up to par with Canada. I believe Canadian medial schools are doing Canadian
citizens who have left home to come to Australia a disservice by being so stringent and limiting with the residency intake.
The canadian system has much to learn from Australia much like Australia has heaps to learn from Canada. I believe both
countries would benefit by having a formal partnership."
"Certain parts of program could be more organized. UQ is a great school and a good learning experience."
2013 Intake Reviews
"UQ's MBBS is a superb program. It offers wonderful lectures and practicals, which are supported by a small group PBL sessions.
If you are prepared to work hard - you will enjoy every minute of this program."
"I'm really enjoying my MBBS program. I think UQ has a much healthier and balanced approach to teaching medicine than programs back
home in Canada. I also really like my new 'colleagues' as they are very supportive and collaborative when it comes to learning
medicine. A very different feel from the competitive, individual style of learning that was emphasized back home in undergrad. And
of course, the beaches. The orientation week had too many lectures talking about what we were going to do. I would have preferred
to get right into the material. Also, if UQ is up for a major program rearrangement, I would recommend greatly reducing live
lectures, and have most lectures available online. Seems like the lectures don't change too much from year to year, so they could
redirect money spent on lectures to Clinical Coaching (small groups working with physicians), Problem Based Learning groups, and
the practical sessions. If you can organize the massive student loans required, then I highly recommend that you come to UQ."
"disorganized; excellent learning environment"
"Like: Clinical coaching PBL Dislike: large lectures first few weeks when the schedule system was not working properly. Overall Uq
is an excellent university and I would encourage other Canadians to take the experience to come study here."
"The program is intense but is well laid out (though the admin side of things, such as student time tables could be more organized).
The professors are top notched and the facilities could not be better. Obviously in the interest of cost and ease of residency
match, one should stay where you would like to build your career. However, the Australian program is the best alternative."
"Great program - I really like how they layer it over the first two years so you get to see every system twice (as opposed to
universities like USyd where you only see it once in great detail, but never come back to build on it) Instructors - for the most
part, the professors are really great (with the exception of just a couple). Organisation - The beginning of the year was definitely
not as organised as a North American university would be, but they've worked out most of the kinks by now and things are running
smoothly. It's great weather all year round to study in. The program is really great with lots of layering and reiteration of the
important subject matter. You do feel really supported by the staff around. Beautiful campus."
"The MBBS program seems poorly organised at times, the lecturers are inconsistent in recording their lectures and some of the
staff have been quite rude in responding to polite inquiries about course information. I would highly recommend it!"
"I enjoy the time we have to expand our own knowledge through self-directed learning. Come prepared with a plan, a goal, discipline
and a thirst for knowledge."
"I love the university and the professors are so so so so wonderful. However, the program is quite disorganized and we never
really know what's coming This ia especially true for exam time where a review is not even given. Its a wonderful program. The
professors are fantastic and the clinical coaches are truly there to help you."
2012 Intake Reviews
"I'm really enjoying the course it's been great! UQ is a good school and welcoming for international students. I love the fact that
they have an emphasis on global medicine. There are so many people from lots of different backgrounds here - people with lots of
degrees, some 2 years out of high school, some in their 30s... a mix of Australians, Canadians, Americans, and a smattering of
other countries around the world. You'll find people here. The course is good and small groups when you're doing the hands on
"I like how the campus is set up and the atmosphere. I do not really like how it is so isolated from the rest of the city. This
program is really good, especially doing it in Australia."
IPSWICH "Like- Get to know classmates well due to smaller class size, good emphasis on teaching clinical skills, get to know the
2nd year students well, easier to focus on school being further from the city, living expenses are less in Ipswich, campus
facilities are nice/new, library is beautiful, lots of opportunity for global electives Dislike- less emphasis on Anatomy,
long train ride to Brisbane!, not much to eat on campus (small cafeteria, limited hours), library hours are limited. The MBBS
program at UQ is well-regarded and recognized internationally. The school has many established partnerships with clinical teaching
hospitals around the world so it's the place to be if you want the opportunity to travel while you learn Medicine! The Ipswich
campus is a great place to learn in a smaller environment. It's easier to develop friendships and everyone is very supportive of
one another. I highly recommend it!"
"University of Queensland is great. I find the university system and style of teaching very similar to Canadian universities; the
administrative staff is very nice; and the campus is beautiful. Sometimes I find the MBBS program a bit disorganized as our
timetables are not fixed. I haven't been to other Australian universities, but I would say UQ is a great school with a beautiful
campus, a large variety of programs, and great/friendly staff and students."
"There is a big international cohort at my University, which made it easier to adjust to the Australian lifestyle. Medicine offers
a plethora of challenges, and the program at UQ is similar to many Canadian schools. UQ is one of the largest universities in
Australia, and I chose this school because it is one of the top 100 schools in the world. UQ has a great reputation for its
medical program in Australia."
"The program is a bit unorganised at times. I like the mixture of practicals/labs, clinical, and lectures. I like the city and the
transportation system. We have a big cohort with a lot of other Canadians. The cohort has a good mix of different cultures and
backgrounds. Most of the Australians in our program are a lot younger, and have only finished 2 years of undergrad."
"Everything is awesome!"
"I especially appreciate how UQ assists international students in ther integration to the program. They also provide excellent
exchange opportunities for the UQ MBBS electives program. The clinical skills course is also very hands-on and informative and
I have found my learning to greatly benefit from the way in which it is conducted. I would tell other Canadians that the initial
adjustment period is a lot more difficult than expected since adjusting to a new program as well as a new way of life can be very
stressful. Therefore, coming early to settle into the city would really help."
"Love how involved we are in clinical aspects do early on in our medical education. However would prefer a smaller class size.
However important things such as PBLs and Clinical coaching sessions are split into much smaller groups (5-10 people) so this is
helpful. UQ is a great school in terms of being internationally oriented for those who hope to work internationally after
graduation. They give us exposure to a lot of different opportunities and the program is very involved and promotes self-directed
learning a lot which is an important skill to build as a future physician."
"I like the program structure and content. All the material seems really relevant to being a good doctor. I don't like that the
school of Medicine is often disorganized and doesn't provide us with information ahead of time. For example, we only know our
schedule 2 weeks in advance instead of for the whole semester. There are many other Canadians here, so you won't feel alone. Also,
the Australians are very friendly in the program, and will make you feel welcome and at home."
"Like: The partnerships and opportunities to do rotations internationally, and the assitance the school gives to students wanting
to complete residencies back in Canada or the US (board tutorials and funding for study resources) Dislike: The cohort size; and
disorganization in planning and administration (in part associated with the cohort size). I would tell them about this school
and this program, but I would let them know that it takes awhile to get used to their system and it can be quite disorganizd
especially at the beginning."
"I am really impressed at the quality of Education delivered by the school of Medicine. What was most impressive was the holistic
teaching method (from theory lectures, to practical clinical skills, training in communication, and understanding medicine on a
multi-dimensional scale). I would tell them to do their research and be informed about studying abroad and to make their decision
on their own merit. There may be many stigmas about studying abroad, however, I found after coming here many of those misconceptions
are not true. I personally feel the education is not only adequate but high calibre that aims to prepare the students for the
"UQ has a beautiful campus with an abundance of study space. The MBBS program has already exposed us to some clinical experience,
which is great and includes physical examinations, practical skills workshops, interviews, and history-taking. Problem-based
learning (PBL) is a very thought-provoking, engaging, and critical way to learn our material. Unfortunately, I feel our class size
is too large for UQ. We are often sharing the space in the anatomy labs and scheduling conflicts can arise based solely on space
constraints. At one point, our radiology lab had 20-some students standing along the back wall simply because there were no seats
available. Overall, though, I would rate UQ very highly. UQ will quickly become your new home, and your classmates will soon be
your new family. Canadians tend to stick together at first, but that's natural. As the year progresses, you'll soon find you're
amongst an enormous variety of unique people from across the globe. Before you know it, you may not necessarily sound like an
Aussie, but I reckon you'll talk like one."
"Its pretty good. A little disorganized in terms of scheduling and some of the courses are not properly taught and assessed
(i.e. Ethics). Also, would have liked more doctor-patient interaction, like U of Sydney has. 1) Plan your trip far in advance 2)
Plan your expenses and budget 3) Stick to your budget 4) Make lots of friends 5) Do not hesitate to ask for help if you need some 6)
Make sure to join UQMS (Medical Society) 7) Study hard, play hard!!!"
"Like: The program is organized by weekly medical cases, so all lecture, practical, and clinical materials can be put into context
of a patient and case. This really helps makes the material interesting and relevant, and allows us to start thinking about how we
would apply this information in real life. Dislike: The PBL component of the program is an excellent idea, but needs fine-tuning.
Not being able to prepare for cases beforehand sometimes makes PBL class counter-productive and frustrating. The University is
internationally recognized and the program has been around for a long time. As such, many aspects are tried, tested, and true,
and there is constant revamping to improve it. The campus is big beautiful and the student body is extremely diverse. There are
many opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities such as sports and interest groups, and the MBBS student body
has many support and social programs and groups in place. Also, if you are looking for a smaller, more intimate class size, you
have the option of applying to the Ipswich campus."
"Like everything :) I would highly recommend both my school and program as well as the Australian experience in general."
Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians
Offers will be made to eligible applicants on a "rolling admissions" first-come, first-served basis.
Completed degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD)
GPA equivalent to 5.0 on UQ's 7.0 scale
MCAT score (minimum of 8/8/8 or an overall score of 496) or GAMSAT score (minimum of 50 in each section)
Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ School of Medicine
Three components contribute to the current selection for admission in UQ Medical School:
1. 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
2015 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 an overall score of 496 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.
MCAT test results from January 2013 onward will be accepted for the 2016 intake.
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 medical school program director to determine your suitability for the program and
motivations for practising medicine. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the UQ medical program, clinicals,
opportunities in Canada, licensing, internships in Australia, etc.
Applications are assessed on a "rolling admissions" (first come, first served) basis; therefore there is no application deadline.
Applications close once all places have been filled.
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.
University of Queensland Medical Society (UQMS)
The University of Queensland Medical Society (UQMS) is the premier medical student society at The University of Queensland.
The primary aim of the UQMS is to advance and promote the interests of all UQ medical students. The UQMS has close links to the
administration and academic staff of the School of Medicine and is involved in virtually all aspects of medical student life.
For UQ MD students who are also considering leadership roles in their career futures, the UQ Medical School has partnered with
the UQ Business School to provide an accredited Medical Leadership Program offered exclusively to UQ MD students. Interested
applicants may apply at the end of their first year of study of their medical degree. Contact OzTREKK's Australian Medical
Schools Admissions Officer
for more information.
Total Number of Places in the Program: approximately 400
Number of Places Available for International Students: 90
Application Deadline: Applications for the 2016 intake are now closed. For information about the 2017 intake and to
apply, please contact OzTREKK's Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer