University of Sydney Doctor of Medicine FAQs

28 December 2020

What’s it like to be a University of Sydney Doctor of Medicine student?

Are you interested in studying the medicine, but curious to learn more about the student experience before you apply?

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Learn more about the University of Sydney Doctor of Medicine program

Hear from a current Canadian student and lecturer as they answer frequently asked questions about what it’s really like to study the Doctor of Medicine at Sydney. Use chapters below to skip through to the questions you’re most interested to hear about!

  • Why did you choose to study medicine? 0:31
  • Why did you choose the University of Sydney for your medical degree? 0:53
  • Do you need a science background to study medicine? 01:40
  • What are your favourite things about living in Sydney? 02:17
  • Do you feel safe as an international student in Australia? 03:00
  • What qualities do you look for in a medical student? 03:19
  • What was it like settling into the University of Sydney and making new friends? 04:23
  • If I get an offer for admission can I defer and commence at a later date? 05:31
  • What is your timetable like? 06:16
  • When do clinical placements commence and what is involved? 07:03
  • How do you balance work and study? 09:16
  • What is the average class size and what proportion are international? 10:08
  • Do you find it easy to reach out to your academics? 11:39
  • What opportunities exist for international placements? 12:51

Study medicine at the University of Sydney Medical School

Did you know the University of Sydney Medical School is ranked #18 in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)?

Sydney offers the very popular MD program, a four-year professional postgraduate-entry course with three primary aims for graduates: excellent clinical skills and preparedness for practice; experience in research; and experience and awareness of health in an international setting.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Intake: January
Duration: 4 years

Start your application to Sydney Medical School!

If you have any questions about Sydney Medical School, please contact OzTREKK’s Medicine Admissions Officer at