The University of Queensland

Doctor of Medicine



University Location Brisbane, Queensland
City Population 2.3 million
Student Population 52,350
Int'l Student Population 18,000
Main Campus St Lucia
Program Campus St Lucia / Herston
Program Duration 4 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $81,152 AUD (2021 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake January
Next Available Intake January 2022
Application Deadline Varying rounds*
International Places up to 90 (total places 400)


The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at The University of Queensland delivers advanced clinical training to ensure graduates are highly skilled doctors capable of meeting future challenges in a wide variety of careers.

The UQ MD is considered one of the most highly regarded degrees of its kind in Australia and is taught by experts who are passionate about medicine. During your studies you’ll master clinical sciences and a range of practical skills so you will be prepared for the challenges and rewards of being a doctor.


The program is structured in two phases: Clinical Preparation and Clinical Practice. Across the program, you’ll transition from studying specific cases in classes with a tutor to undertaking clinical placements in hospitals.

Phase 1 – Clinical Preparation (foundation knowledge and skills)
Years 1 and 2 are based on the delivery of large group lectures and a range of smaller practicals. It combines the study of basic and clinical sciences with training in research, ethics, public health and clinical skills. You’ll also complete an apprentice-style observership to gain insight into life as a doctor. An integral component of this phase is the delivery of case-based learning (CBL) tutorials. Groups consist of approximately 10 students who work cooperatively with an academic or physician acting as a facilitator. Each group examines a carefully planned series of patient-centred problems, each designed to highlight principles and issues in health and disease.

Phase 2 – Clinical Practice (clinical placements)
Years 3 and 4 comprise the clinical training phase of the MD program. You will be 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.

You will undertake 10 core clinical placements in varied disciplines while also learning to work in and collaborate with clinical teams.

Opportunities are embedded in the program for you to undertake international placements or elsewhere in Australia. These include the Observership at the end of Year 1, the Elective during Year 4, and for international students, the Rural and Remote Medicine placement that can be undertaken at a rural location in Canada.

Further opportunities are available if you are planning to practice overseas following graduation by way of pre-approved placements within UQ’s network of partners, such as Queen’s University in Canada and the Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. OzTREKK students have participated in clinical placements in Canada, USA, India, Papua New Guinea, and nearly everywhere in between!

Wondering if you can study in Australia then practice in Canada? Yeah, you can! Here, former OzTREKK students Liora and Andrei chat about matching back at Queen’s University and about completing their residency in psychiatry and emergency medicine.

Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree
Completed degree with cumulative GPA of a 5.0/7.0 (roughly 2.7/4.0). The GPA will be based on your most recently completed degree.

2. Admissions test
Must have achieved a minimum MCAT score of 504. Must be completed within three years of the program’s commencement (February 2018 – January 2021).

3. Interview
Performance in a multiple-mini interview via video conference.

Important Information Regarding the 2022 Intake

From 2022, all medical students need to have successfully completed two subject prerequisites or equivalent courses. The subject prerequisites are

  • Integrative Cell and Tissue Biology*
  • System Physiology*

*or equivalent courses or coursework in your major. To see if your courses qualify, please visit UQ Doctor of Medicine Prerequisites.

Admission Timeline

*Applications for the 2021 intake closed October 16, 2020. For information about the 2022 intake and to apply, please contact OzTREKK.

Application Deadlines for 2021 Intake

  • June 12, 2020
  • July 31, 2020
  • September 4, 2020
  • October 16, 2020

Interview Dates

  • July 14 – 16, 2020
  • August 31, 2020
  • October 1, 2020
  • November 16, 2020 (tentative—only if required)

“Very supportive program”

Great program! Very supportive program with professors always keen to help. So much cool stuff to learn!

Brett L
Doctor of Medicine
The University of Queensland, 2019

“Love the content we are learning”

Love it. Weather is great, the cohort is friendly and the campus is really nice. Cons: I recommend self learning (recommended readings on your own and using additional resource like boards and beyond/pathoma even if you are not going to do USMLE). Also, the campus needs more study space. Love the content we are learning and I have a greater appreciation for the medical profession. You will see that some kids in the program are absolutely brilliant and are willing to help you out if you ask.

Ranko S
Doctor of Medicine
The University of Queensland, 2019

“…lots of good instructors and lecturers”

Yes UQ and the people there are great. There's some stuff that the students complain about, but I've never been to another med school, and I imagine each has their flaws. I realize the rankings are relatively irrelevant, and what you put in is what you're going to get out anyway.... Certainly some room for improvement, but overall, lots of good instructors and lecturers, and very comprehensive information is supplied.

Karson S
Doctor of Medicine
The University of Queensland, 2019

“There’s certainly a lot of support though with fellow class mates and the small group tutors if you need it.”

I love the university and program. The university has a lot of events and things on campus to help you destress during exam time. It's also very beautiful with lots of cute coffee shops to do homework at. The one awful thing about UQ is how unbelievably crowded it is. Finding a place on campus to study can be impossible and the place for medical students on the main st. Lucia campus is too small and almost always full to capacity. This is my own big problem with the university.... Read More

Katherine H.
The University of Queensland, 2018

“I have found the peer tutorials at UQ valuable part of my learning.”

The program always teaches me something new everyday. I enjoy hearing from doctors in various disciplines. I have found it valuable to learn about epidemiology and Australian healthcare system. I have found the peer tutorials at UQ valuable part of my learning. I wish there was more teaching done in anatomy practicals rather than self-learning. Also more time in anatomy facility would be awesome.

Harsh D.
The University of Queensland, 2018

“I’m surprised at the resources UQ pours into its students.”

Everything is actually really really good. I'm surprised at the resources UQ pours into its students. Like, my old university was technically higher ranked on a lot of global indexes, but they didn't really care as much about students as they do here.

Paul C.
The University of Queensland, 2018

“The clinical coaches and tutors are all great.”

I like the way the program is set up, and the administration seems very open to feedback and suggestions. The clinical coaches and tutors are all great.

Justin Andrew T.
The University of Queensland, 2018

“The program takes student feedback regularly and seriously and is constantly making changes to accommodate our needs.”

Living in Australia is incredible and I’m so happy with my decision to move here. The warm weather, and great people, close friendships have all been worth it. The university of Queensland is a beautiful large campus. Very clean, lots of activity, and feels very vibrant. There’s lots to do on campus to get involved with events, food, etc. It’s a little quiet on late evenings/weekends. The program is great! It’s certainly challenging but very well organized. The program takes st... Read More

Mauricio M.
The University of Queensland, 2018