Clerkship applications are now CLOSED for placements in 2023.
Applications for placements with start dates within 1 January – 30 June 2024 will open on 15 May 2023.
For application process visit: How to apply for a Clerkship page
We have limited placements, so acceptance of New Applications are stopped once we reach our capacity. Please always visit this web page before applying.
If you have already lodged an application for start dates 1 June – 31 Dec 2023, you are expected to pay the Administration Fees of AUD 100 and provide the required documentation by 3 January 2023. Applications that do not receive Administration Fees and Documentation will be Withdrawn from the system.
The UNSW Medicine Clerkship Program (elective) is a placement program that provides successful applicants the opportunity to develop hands-on skills and practical experience in selected disciplines at one of UNSW's clinical teaching hospitals alongside other health professionals.
During a Clerkship, you'll attend clinics, ward rounds and, with permission, record the history and perform physical examinations of patients in the wards.
If the clerkship placement is during a medicine teaching period, lectures and tutorials in the clinical school may also be available.
It’s important to note that UNSW Clerkships are only offered to non-University of New South Wales medical students.
Please note, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, placements are limited.
The UNSW Medicine Clerkship Program offers a comprehensive range of areas of study for which students can apply. Some schools only offer clerkships over particular dates and for specified periods.
The full list of clinical schools and the areas of interest that are offered in the UNSW Medicine Clerkship Program is available on the Clerkships areas of study page.
Clerkships take place for a duration of four (4) to eight (8) weeks only.
UNSW Clerkships are offered at various times in the year. The availability and time limit is different for each hospital. It is important to check the availability before you submit your application.
Find out more by reading the Clerkships areas of study page.
To be eligible to apply for a Clerkship, you must:
Clerkships are not available to you if you’re:
Find out more about how to apply and what documents you’ll need for a Clerkship by reading How to Apply for UNSW Medicine Clerkships.
If you’ve been successful in your application, you'll be enrolled as a Non-Award UNSW student. You'll be issued with a UNSW student ID card.
NOTE - you will not be paid or remunerated for a Clerkship.
You will be responsible for all travel (including visa's, flights etc) and living costs (including accommodation, food, spending money) etc.
When planning your flights, please take into consideration all International passenger arrivals cannot enter a NSW hospital for at least 7 days after arrival to Australia, as it is a high risk setting.
If you’re an overseas applicant, you should contact your nearest Australian Diplomatic Mission to understand how to comply with visa requirements. Generally, a Visitor Visa is sufficient.
Visitor Visas – the Australian Department of Home Affairs issues two visas for this type of study:
1. 601 Subclass Visa, also called an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). An ETA lets you:
2. 651 Subclass Visa, also called an eVistor. This visa lets you:
You’ll be responsible for all travel and living costs.
Students must make their own accommodation arrangements. You should make sure that you have accommodation organised before you arrive in Sydney. As accommodation costs in Sydney are high, you should begin your search early.
Unfortunately, we do not have dedicated housing available for Clerkship students.
In accepting a clerkship, students will be required to abide by the guidelines of the University, the Hospital and the appointed supervisor.
All International passenger arrivals cannot enter a NSW hospital for at least 7 days after arrival to Australia, as it is a high risk setting.
The UNSW Medicine Clerkship Program offers non-UNSW Medicine student placements with a number of clinical specialities.
Find out everything you need to know about applying for a UNSW Medicine Clerkship before you start your application and that you have the correct supporting documents.