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Studying Medicine in Australia or New Zealand

Australian and New Zealand medical schools have excellent international reputations for quality training and research, with eleven of their universities ranking in the world’s top 150 for medicine, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, and five of them (the University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, Monash University, UNSW Sydney and the University of Queensland) placed in the world’s top 50. Medical degrees gained in Australia or New Zealand are recognised in the UK and globally. Medical degrees in Australia and New Zealand are available as undergraduate OR graduate entry courses. This means that there are some that can be applied for during, or immediately after, the final year of school (undergraduate), while for others students must have a bachelor degree in order to apply (graduate entry).

Where can I study medicine in Australia or New Zealand?

Undergraduate (school-leaver) admission medicine programmes

  • University of Western Australia, Western Australia

  • Curtin University, Western Australia

  • University of Adelaide, South Australia

  • University of Tasmania, Tasmania

  • UNSW Sydney, New South Wales

  • Macquarie University, New South Wales

  • University of Sydney, New South Wales

  • University of Newcastle, New South Wales

  • Monash University, Victoria

  • Griffith University, Queensland

  • James Cook University, Queensland

  • University of Queensland, Queensland

  • University of Auckland, New Zealand

Admissions requirements – undergraduate medical degrees

Applications to undergraduate medical degrees are assessed on school grades or scores, plus an interview. A number of the universities also require international students to take an aptitude test – either the ISAT or the UCAT ANZ.

Please note that it is not too late for current IB2 students to apply. There are still medical schools accepting applications for a Semester 1 start in 2023 (Jan/Feb 2023).

Would you like to find out more? Free online presentation

Study Options will be running a free online presentation on Tuesday 14 June at 4pm. The presentation is primarily for careers advisors though students are also welcome to join.

The presentation will provide an overview of the application process including aptitude tests (how they feature in the assessment process and when students need to take them) as well as application timeframes. We will also look at what studying medicine in Australia or New Zealand is like and at the next steps - career progression after graduation – as well as international recognition.

There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A session at the end of the presentation.

Please could you register any interest for the event by email to Zoom meeting details will be provided on registration.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Nash at

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