We have reached our capacity for 2023-24. Applications for placements with start dates within 1 January – 30 June 2025 will open on 15 May 2024.
For application process visit: How to apply for a Clerkship page.
Each hospital site has a different start date / duration available, so you must read Clerkship areas of study page to ensure your application start date matches their availability.
We will only accept Clerkship applications with minimum 4 weeks duration and a maximum of 8 weeks duration.
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 2023-2024, your application is considered accepted. Please proceed to attend to the emails on required documentation.
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.
UNSW Clerkships are only offered to non UNSW Sydney medical students.
The UNSW Medicine Clerkship Program offers a comprehensive range of areas of study for which students can apply. 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 minimum four (4) to a maximum of eight (8) weeks.
Some hospitals only offer clerkships over particular dates and time periods. Please check these dates before lodging an application, by visiting Clerkships areas of study page.
When determining a start date for your Clerkship, please keep in view (if overseas) you must arrive in Australia at least 1 week before placement start date. NSW Health advises International Travellers to refrain from visiting high risk areas, such as hospitals, during the first week of arrival.
The clerkship (elective) must be a requirement of completing your medical program and to be eligible you must:
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're responsible for all travel and living expenses, including accommodation.
Due to high costs in Sydney, start searching early and have accommodation arranged before arrival. We don't have housing for Clerkship students.
In accepting a clerkship,
Please note, clerkships courses do not have any credits or results. You can download a copy of your Academic Statement (showing enrolment in courses) by logging onto my.unsw.edu.au with your 7-digit zID and password.
In 'My Student Profile' tab, click View Results / Academic Statement. At bottom of the page, click the 'Here' button to generate your academic statement. Your academic statement will open in a new window. If your statement does not appear, make sure you have allowed pop-ups in your browser and try again.
For login issues, please contact IT Service Desk.
You can also order an official Academic Transcript for a fee. Please see details here.