Applications for placements are CLOSED now. Applications with start dates within 1 July – 31 December 2024 will open on 15 November 2023. 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.
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 remainder of 2023 or first half of 2024, your application is considered accepted. Please proceed to attend to the emails on required documentation.
Contacts for the Clerkships Coordinator.
UNSW Sydney NSW 2052 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 2 9385 8909
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.
To be eligible to apply for a Clerkship, 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’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.
If you’ve been successful in your application, you'll be enrolled as a Non-Award UNSW student and issued with a UNSW student ID card.
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)
When planning your flights, please book arrival date minimum 1 week before your placement start date. For more details, please refer to Conditions of accepting a Clerkship Placement offer section below.
In accepting a clerkship,
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.