Special Entry Schemes

Female student at the UNSW campus Kensington

If you're an Australian/New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident who has lived in a rural area within Australia for an extended period of time during your schooling years (Kindergarten to Year 12), you may be able to apply through the Rural Entry Scheme (RES). 

The RES was first introduced in 1997 and runs alongside the local entry application process. In 2022, RES applicants made up at least 29% of the annual UNSW Medicine domestic intake.

The application process is competitive and assessed on a range of rurality and other factors. Applicants who apply through the RES but do not meet the scheme requirements can have their applications transferred to the standard local entry process (provided they meet the entry requirements and criteria for local entry). 

  • The RES is an initiative to promote medicine to applicants with an extensive rural background who are able to demonstrate and meet rurality and other assessed factors. Applicants who enter the UNSW Medicine program through the RES study the same program as students who apply and enter through the standard local entry application process.

    Applicants who choose to apply through the RES cannot also apply through the standard local entry application process or Gateway entry process via the Medicine Application Portal (MAP). You must select and apply for only one entry pathway. 

  • To apply via the RES applicants must have lived in a defined Australian rural area, MMM 2 - 7 (Modified Monash Model classification system) for at least five consecutive or ten cumulative years between the ages of five (5) and eighteen (18). To see if you meet the initial rural eligibility assessment, please follow the guide below:

    1. Go to the DoctorConnect website
    2. Select the Modified Monash Model 2015 checkbox in the Classification option box.
    3. Enter your address to check if it meets the MMM criteria

    To be eligible, RES applicants must be an Australian/New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident and have resided in a rural area since the age of five and through your primary and secondary school years as well as meeting other rural eligibility assessment criteria.

    Please note that applicants who have lived in a rural location outside of Australia aren’t eligible for this scheme. 

  • The RES application process is very similar to the standard local entry process.

    • Applicants will be invited to an interview based on their UCAT ANZ results and our rural eligibility criteria.
    • RES applicants are required to complete a statutory declaration evidencing their rural background as well as providing detailed information about rural residential and schooling locations. 
    • The statutory declaration document can be downloaded from the application portal in the 'rural details' tab of the medicine application. It should be completed and attached irrespective of your application status. The document must be witnessed and signed by an authorised person. 
    • You may be able to apply through the RES if you have resided in a rural area for a period of at least five consecutive years or a period of ten years cumulative, since the age of five and through your primary and secondary school years. A rural area is defined as MMM 2 -7 (Modified Monash Model classification system). 

    Please note that interviews for the Rural Entry Scheme are held in person and the dates differ to local entry, see the important dates page.

  • Applicants are offered a place in the medicine program based on:

    1. academic rank
    2. UCAT ANZ score
    3. interview score
    4. rural rating

    Using the above parameters, all students are ranked. Applicants are selected based on the highest rank determined by all four measures. Scores will not be averaged, which means that a high score in one component will not compensate for a low score in another.

    Year 12 students

    For applicants seeking admission on the basis of the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC), a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 91.00 or equivalent is required to be eligible for consideration through RES.

    University students and graduates

    I have not completed a full year of study

    If you have completed less than 0.75 FTE (full time equivalent) of tertiary study at the end of the year in which you apply, you will be assessed only on your secondary school results.

    I have completed at least one full year of study (but not completed a degree)

    If you have completed an equivalent of 0.75 FTE (full time equivalent) or more of tertiary study in a single degree at the end of the year in which you apply, you will be assessed for admission to the Medicine program on either your secondary OR your tertiary study results. The following minimum criteria applies:

    • Your secondary school qualification component must reach 91.00 ATAR (or equivalent); AND
    • your tertiary study component must reach WAM 70 or equivalent.

    Once you have met the minimum requirement, a "best of" algorithm will apply and the qualification with a higher selection rank will be used as a final selection rank for Medicine program admissions purposes.

    I have completed a degree

    If you have completed a tertiary degree before the end of the year in which you apply, only the tertiary qualification will be considered for admission to the Medicine program. Your tertiary studies must reach a minimum WAM/GPA equivalent of a 91.00 ATAR.
    As you have completed a tertiary degree, we will no longer consider your secondary qualification, i.e. a minimum 91.00 ATAR (or equivalent) is not applicable.

    Please note that domestic students who are currently enrolled in a medical degree at another Australian university aren't eligible to seek admission to UNSW Medicine as a commencing student. 

  • Our Kensington, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga campus’ have a set number of places available. When you complete your application on the Medicine Application Portal, you must indicate your campus preferences by putting all three campuses in your preferred order.

    You can change your campus preference up until the application deadline. Once the deadline has passed no further preference changes can be accommodated, regardless of circumstance.

    Your campus preference order has no influence on whether you are offered a place in the UNSW Medicine program, i.e., preferencing one campus over another does not increase your chances of receiving an offer.

    UNSW Medicine & Health will allocate students to campuses based on their ranking, campus preference order, and campus availability. We will do our very best to allocate you to your first campus preference, but you should understand that this is not guaranteed and so also be prepared to accept an offer at your second or third campus preference.

    You will only receive one offer for one campus.

    Applicants who apply through the Rural Entry Scheme and accept a place in the Medicine program at the Kensington campus in Year 1 are expected to study at a rural campus for Phase 2 and 3 (Years 3-6).

    Applicants who accept a place in the Medicine program at the Port Macquarie campus for Year 1 will normally be expected to complete all 6 years of the Medicine program in the Mid North Coast (MNC) region (Coffs Harbour or Port Macquarie Rural Clinical Campuses). However, relocation to another rural or metropolitan campus for a defined period may be considered in exceptional circumstances and places availability.

    Applicants who accept a place in the Medicine program at the Wagga Wagga Campus for Year 1 will normally be expected to complete all 6 years of the Medicine program in Murrumbidgee, Riverina and Border region (Wagga Wagga, Albury and Griffith Rural Clinical Campuses). However, relocation to another rural or metropolitan campus for a defined period may also be considered depending upon availability of places.

Contact us 

For all enquiries regarding the Rural Entry Scheme: 

Rural Support Team  
E: rcc.ruralsupport@unsw.edu.au 
T: (02) 6580 7555

The Gateway Entry Scheme at UNSW Medicine is an alternate entry stream into the Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine (BMed/MD) program for applicants that come from low socio-economic status backgrounds. 

To be eligible for this entry scheme, you must: 

  • be a domestic applicant
  • attend a UNSW Gateway partner school for at least Year 11 and Year 12. 
  • live at an address identified by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as being within the lowest 25% of socio-economic disadvantage in Australia
  • be in Year 12 or have completed Year 12 in the previous year and not commenced any undergraduate study


You can download a list of all UNSW Gateway partner schools on the UNSW Gateway website.

We share the details of applicants who apply under the Gateway Entry Scheme with UNSW Access & Equity, who can provide additional support to applicants. You can learn more at UNSW Equity Diversity & Inclusion

Applicants applying under the Gateway Entry Scheme may also be eligible for scholarships. To find out more about potential scholarships, visit UNSW Scholarships

Application process 

We recommend applicants apply with UAC before submitting their UNSW Medicine application or applying to sit the UCAT ANZ. Applicants are advised of whether they meet the address criteria for the Gateway Entry scheme within 24 hours of lodging their application with the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applications submitted under this scheme that don’t meet the criteria will be informed and automatically changed to a standard local applicant. 

To apply through the Gateway Entry Scheme, follow the application process outlined on the local applicants page. When you submit your application through the Medicine Application Portal (MAP), please select “Gateway Entry Scheme applicant” as your applicant type.

Selection for interview

Gateway Entry Scheme applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for an interview: 

  • 87.00 raw ATAR and 91.00 selection rank (ATAR plus EAS equity adjustment factors) 
  • UCAT ANZ 50th overall percentile 

You’ll be assessed on a combination of the above metrics. You can learn more about how applicants are ranked and selected for interviews on our local applicants page.

Selection for offer

Places to study at UNSW Medicine through the Gateway Entry Scheme are offered based on academic merit, UCAT ANZ overall score and the interview score. 

We use the same selection algorithm as we use for standard local applicants to combine these measures. Applicants are ranked separately to local applicants and we make up to 10 offers through this scheme. Depending on availability, these offers are bonded and unbonded.

The Indigenous Entry Scheme offers an alternative entry pathway into the UNSW Medicine program for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants. The scheme aims to improve access for the Indigenous population to Indigenous medical practitioners. The scheme is designed for high school students, current undergraduate/postgraduate students and mature age students.

    • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
    • evidence of academic capability - a number of measures may be used to assess this including secondary/tertiary education records, examples of educational attainment or other evidence of your ability to succeed in the UNSW Medicine program 
    • strong communication & interpersonal skills
    • commitment to & knowledge of Indigenous health issues
  • Selection for the Pre-Medicine Program is based on the following: 

    1. demonstrable motivation to practice medicine
    2. academic capability - including the capacity to achieve within the UNSW Medicine program
    3. demonstrable ability to relate to Indigenous health issues

    You may be invited to an interview if the selection panel requires more information about you in addition to your application.

  • Successful applicants must complete the residential Pre-Medicine Program (PMP) to be considered for acceptance into Medicine at UNSW.

    The PMP is held at UNSW for three weeks from mid-November. Participants must perform at a level deemed satisfactory by the Faculty of Medicine & Health. Final selection for Indigenous Entry is made after the completion of the PMP.

    • The Pre-Medicine Program (PMP), designed in partnership with Nura Gili, provides an introduction to the life of an undergraduate medicine student. You'll get to experience what it will be like to navigate studying and university life within a culturally safe and supportive environment. 

      The residential program will give you an insight into the style and pace of a phase one medicine course. The content will cover areas in biology, pharmacology, biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, ethics and learning skills. The program will assist you in determining if you're ready to commit to a medicine degree at UNSW and provide us with some insight into your ability to successfully complete course requirements and demands.

    • At the end of the course you'll attend an exit interview, where you can gain feedback on your progress from the course convenors. This is also when we'll ask for your feedback so we can continue to improve the program. 

      Recommendation for programs at UNSW are dependent on your progress throughout the course and results in the assessment tasks. You may be offered a position in the undergraduate medicine program. Students who are not selected for progression will be given feedback, which can include advice on other courses to consider, such as the University Preparation Program (UPP) - Science Stream. 

    • The PMP is competitive and the students who best meet the selection criteria will be considered for entry into the program. 

      To apply for the PMP, please visit the Nura Gili website.

      Please note that whilst chemistry is not a prerequisite of the undergraduate program at UNSW, it's highly recommended to have some background in chemistry as it will be of great benefit during the program and the undergraduate degree.

  • All applicants are encouraged to contact Nura Gili prior to submitting their application.

UNSW Medicine’s Lateral Entry Scheme is a graduate-entry stream into the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree program. This entry scheme is only for domestic UNSW Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSci) students. 

If you’re a Bachelor of Medical Science student, you can apply in your second year of study. If your application is successful, you’ll be required to complete the Bachelor of Medical Science then undertake a Science Honours year before entry into the Doctor of Medicine component of the degree program.  

You can learn more about eligibility criteria, application processes and further details through our Lateral Entry Scheme fact sheet

Domestic applicants from Australian medical schools

If you’re a domestic student who is studying or has studied at an Australian medical school, you’re not able to apply as a commencing student. 

We accept applications for transfers from students who have extenuating circumstances. If you’re required to move to Sydney for special circumstances that arise after you accepted the offer and began studying at another medical school, you may be eligible for a transfer to UNSW Medicine. 

When we review transfer applications, we’ll consider your circumstances as well as academic merit. Applications for transfers must be supported by a letter from the Dean of your current or previous medical school. The transfer will only be possible if we have Commonwealth Support place available.

Approved transfers

UNSW Medicine will determine the starting point for transfer students on an individual basis:  

  • early in the degree program: students who request a transfer within the first two years of study won’t receive credit for prior learning - you’ll be required to commence Phase 1
  • middle of the degree program: students who have completed two years of study in either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree program need to undertake and complete Phase 2 clinical courses in Year 3 to be awarded the Bachelor of Medical Studies
  • late in the degree program: students who request a transfer into Phase 3 will need to complete a bachelor's degree in a related discipline such as a Bachelor of Medical Sciences - these students are also required to complete an Independent Learning Project (ILP)

Application process

  • You should discuss your request for a compassionate transfer with your current or previous medical school before applying with UNSW Medicine. 
  • Submit an application on the Medicine Application Portal (MAP) before the cut-off date. Application deadlines are listed on the important dates page. Late applications will not be considered. 
  • The application form requires you to upload the following supporting documentation:
    • a statement from you outlining your extenuating circumstances and the reason for transfer
    • a letter from the Dean of your current or previous medical school
    • your academic transcript
    • any other supporting documentation      
  • Submit an application with Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) before the cut-off date.
  • You’ll be informed about your application outcome in December. 
  • Please note that you will not be required to sit the UCAT ANZ.

Domestic applicants from overseas medical schools

If you’re a domestic student who is studying or has studied at a medical school abroad, you’re eligible to apply to study at UNSW Medicine. You’ll need to apply as a commencing student. We don’t accept applications for transfer from overseas medical schools. Credit for previous studies undertaken abroad cannot be provided, except for applicable 12UOC General Education courses.

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