James Cook University

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery



University Location Townsville or Cairns, Queensland
City Population 190,000
Student Population 22,000
Int'l Student Population 6,640
Main Campus Townsville
Program Campus Townsville, Queensland
Program Duration 6 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $57,880 AUD (2020 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake February 2022
Application Deadline August 30, 2021*
International Places 45 (208 total)


In the JCU MBBS, you will gain clinical experience across northern Queensland and the Northern Territory. In addition to Townsville, clinical schools are in Cairns, Mackay, Atherton and Darwin, where approximately half the student body spend the last two years of the course.

JCU has clinical academics and teaching infrastructure in rural and remote locations includes Mount Isa, the Atherton Tablelands, and Proserpine. The school applies the latest educational techniques and technologies while maintaining a community-oriented practical approach to medical education.

You will graduate from JCU with skills and knowledge in

  • the distinctive needs of northern Australia’s tropical populations;
  • distance and remote delivery of medicine;
  • tropical medicine;
  • medical care in rural hospital and community settings; and
  • medical experiences and facilities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


The JCU School of Medicine combines integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine, and incorporates the best aspects of student-centred, problem-based learning combined with systematic instruction.

The Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree at JCU Medical School produces graduates who will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

As a JCU medical student, you will attend clinical placements in sites other than Townsville in each year of the program. More than half the students in Years 4, 5 and 6 are expected to relocate to other clinical teaching sites such as Cairns, Darwin and Mackay—which underpins JCU’s focus on tropical and remote medicine.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply directly from high school or after having partially or fully completed their university studies.

1. High school diploma (or bachelor’s degree)
If applying directly from high school, you need a minimum GPA of 85% from your top 6 courses in Grade 12 (including prerequisite subjects). Prerequisite subjects include Grade 12 English and chemistry, and Grade 12 mathematics subject studied as part of a secondary qualification deemed comparable to the Australian Senior Secondary qualification covering any of calculus, statistics, algebra, trigonometry, vectors, or geometry. (Calculus should include differentiation and/or integration).

If applying after having partially or fully completed post-secondary studies, you need a minimum of 80% cumulative GPA to be considered.

2. Interview**
Held in person in Canada or via video teleconference. Early offers of admission may be made to high-achieving international applicants.

3. Completion of JCU MBBS program-specific application
The JCU MBBS program-specific application considers the your reasons for wanting to study medicine, your work and volunteer history and other supportive information, and must be filled out by hand.

Admission Timeline

*While applications for the 2022 intake close August 30, 2021, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

**JCU College of Medicine and Dentistry members usually conduct MBBS interviews in Canada in the spring. Early offers may be issued prior to the application deadline.

After the application deadline has passed, shortlisted applicants are expected to be invited for an interview. Application outcomes and offers of admission will be issued following these interviews.


“The program allows for a lot more clinical experience…”

The people are very kind and interesting. The program allows for a lot more clinical experience than other programs.

JCU Australia Gradon F.
James Cook University, 2018

“I love my program.”

I love my program. The clinical skills part is the most intriguing aspect. Do not underestimate the workload, but also don’t let it swallow up your whole life. Balance is key. Also get to know others outside of the program. Being surrounded only by medical peers sometimes can be draining.

JCU Australia Cassandra C
James Cook University, 2018

“I like everything about the program”

I like everything about the program and the university. The only downside I have found is that it was different than getting education in North America and the standards are much higher. It is going well, I took to it fairly quickly though I still adapt to new things every day.

JCU Australia Daniel D
James Cook University, 2018

“…really prepares you for the field.”

I like the amount of clinical work they make you do which really prepares you for the field. The transitioning process is easier than expected and as long as one stays on top of the school work, it is also manageable.

JCU Australia Rama M
James Cook University, 2018