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UQ Medicine Entrance Information

This article covers entry into medicine at the University of Queensland (UQ). For information on UQ and the medical course itself, refer to: http://www.medstudentsonline.com.au/content/about-medicine-uq-302/

There are two entry pathways into medicine at UQ – provisional or graduate entry. Approximately 300 domestic places comprising of 216 commonwealth supported places (CSPs), 14 medical rural bonded scholarships (MRBS) and 71 bonded medical places (BMPs). Of these 216 CSPs approximately 150 places are reserved for undergraduate entrants, while another 25% is reserved for rural background students (25% is also reserved in MRBS and BMP for rural students).

Additionally, there is a commitment from UQ to assist any people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent interested in a career in medicine. How UQ assists those of such descent is unknown, yet they encourage any applicants who fall in such a category.

Provisional Entry
Students wishing to apply for provisional entry into medicine at UQ must be in their final year of schooling and must sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT). The student must obtain an OP 1 (or equivalent*) and will then be ranked according to their UMAT test score**. Though the cut-off for the UMAT score cannot be predicted ahead of time UQ does supply cut-off scores for previous years (see below). There is no interview for provisional entry into medicine.

*Note: A rank of 99 (OP1) can be achieved using UQ’s bonus rank scheme, where maths C (or equivalent) can contribute 2 bonus ranks or a university enrichment course or a language can contribute 1 bonus rank.
**Note: The applicant must meet a minimum of 50 in each section of the UMAT test to be eligible regardless of their overall score.

Official UMAT Cut-off Scores (Supplied by School of Medicine UQ)

2009 Intake 2010 Intake 2011 Intake 2012 Intake
150 156 177* 180**


*
Not all applicants with a UMAT aggregate score of 177 received an offer. The cut-off was with a Section I score of 66.
**Not all applicants with a UMAT aggregate score of 180 received an offer. The cut-off was with a Section 1 score of 66.

It is worth mentioning that UQ will be introducing their MD program, beginning in 2013, which will not affect provisional entry into this course.

Graduate Entry
Upon completion of a student’s undergraduate degree (this can be any degree; not necessarily science), honours year, Masters degree or PhD, the student is eligible for graduate entry into medicine at UQ*. A grade point average (GPA) of 5.0, remembering conversion from non-Go8 universities, must be met before students are ranked by the Graduate Australian Medical Admissions Test (GAMSAT)**. Though the cut-off for the GAMSAT score cannot be predicted ahead of time UQ does supply previous years’ cut-off scores (see below). There is no interview for graduate entry into medicine. All applicants must have English language proficiency.

*Note: This degree must be completed within the last 10 years prior to expected MBBS commencement date. It is worth noting that completion of a PhD or Masters degree awards a student a GPA of 7.0.
**Note: While students GPA is not used to rank students, as this is completed using GAMSAT scores it will be used in the event of a tiebreaker.

Official GAMSAT Cut-off Scores

2009 Intake 2010 Intake 2011 Intake 2012 Intake #
59 UQ Applicant Pool 63 UQ Applicant Pool 66 UQ Applicant Pool 66 Major Round
64 (Rural) 64 (Rural)
64 CSP (Major Round) 67 CSP (Major Round) 71 CSP (Major Round) 73 CSP (Major Round)
61 BMP (Major Round) 64* BMP (Major Round) 66* BMP (Major Round) 66* BMP (Major Round)
63 CSP (Rural Sub Quota) 65 CSP (Rural Sub Quota) 66* CSP (Rural Sub Quota) 71 CSP (Rural Sub Quota)
59 BMP (Rural Sub Quota) 63 BMP (Rural Sub Quota) 64* BMP (Rural Sub Quota) 64* BMP (Rural SubQuota)


*
Not all applicants with a preference for a BMP place and a GAMSAT score in this band received an offer. The GPA was used as a tie-breaker.

Rural Students
Within the total number of places available to Graduates in the MBBS program, 25% of the places available will be designated to Rural Background Students (RBS). Remoteness Areas (RAs) make up the ASGC-RA classification system.

The RA categories are listed below:

  • RA1 – Major Cities of Australia
  • RA2 – Inner Regional Australia
  • RA3 – Outer Regional Australia
  • RA4 – Remote Australia
  • RA5 – Very Remote Australia

Applicants must meet standard eligibility criteria for entry pathways* and submit a statutory declaration (http://www.ag.gov.au/Statutorydeclarations/Pages/default.aspx). The applicant may also have to submit additional documents such as school reports or academic transcripts, or letters from the school principal or employer to confirm rural background. Rural background students may receive an offer with a lower overall GAMSAT or UMAT score than non-rural applicants.

*Note: Rural background student applications have not yet been approved for provisional entry students.

International Students
There are approximately 130 places available for graduate entry for international students and approximately 50 places available for provisional student entry. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements equivalent to domestic students. North American Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is an acceptable equivalent to GAMSAT, with a minimum score of 8/8/M/8 is needed to be considered eligible. International Student Admissions Test (ISAT) is an acceptable equivalent to UMAT, with a minimum of 60[SUP]th[/SUP] percentile to be considered eligible. A GPA of 5.0 (on a 7.0 scale, where 4 is a pass) is also necessary to be considered eligible*.

Additionally, UQ has a partnership with the Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, Louisiana for approximately 40 USA citizens and USA permanent residents each year. These students will undertake years 1 and 2 at UQ and the final two years will be conducted in the MBBS program in New Orleans within the Ochsner Health System, where assessment is the same as at UQ. These students will graduate with MBBS, which is equivalent to the American MD and will be eligible to take the USMLEs, for the NRMP match, and to practice medicine in the U.S.

*Note: A minimum of 2.67on a 4 point scale where 2 = pass; or approximately a 2.00 where 1 = pass is an example of equivalence to a 7.0 GPA scale.

Links
UQ School of Medicine website
Domestic student entrance information
International student entrance information

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    mina904
  • May 22, 2012
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Wow at the huge jump in UMAT overall score between 2010 and 2011...<br />
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<blockquote>You can view the page at <a href=http://www.medstudentsonline.com.au/content.php?r=303-UQ-Medicine-Entrance-Information>UQ Medicine Entrance Information - Med Students Online</a></blockquote>
<span style="font-weight:bold;">'There are approximately 130 places available for graduate entry for international students and approximately 50 places available for provisional student entry.'</span><br />
I have heard some news that overseas students are not eligible for applying for provisional entry this year. Is is true?
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      pi
    • May 27, 2012
    <blockquote><span style="color:#333333" class="colored">**Not all applicants with a UMAT aggregate score of 180 received an offer. The cut-off was with a Section 1 score of 66.</span></blockquote><span style="color:#333333" class="colored"><br />
    <br />
    I got an offer from UQ (the provisional entry one) for 2012 with a UMAT above the cut (188) but with a S1 lower than 66 (59)... My ATAR was what they would consider to be OP1 (and that's without adding extra points from Specialist Maths).</span>
    <blockquote><span style="font-weight:bold;">'There are approximately 130 places available for graduate entry for international students and approximately 50 places available for provisional student entry.'</span><br />
    I have heard some news that overseas students are not eligible for applying for provisional entry this year. Is is true?</blockquote><br />
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    I believe that there are international students in my provisional year. Don't know for sure though.<br />
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    <blockquote><span style="color:#333333" class="colored"><br />
    <br />
    I got an offer from UQ (the provisional entry one) for 2012 with a UMAT above the cut (188) but with a S1 lower than 66 (59)... My ATAR was what they would consider to be OP1 (and that's without adding extra points from Specialist Maths).</span></blockquote><br />
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    Yeah, that's because you got a score above the cut. If it were on the cut-off the S1 score was used as a tie-breaker thing.<br />
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    EDIT: Sorry for the double post, that was unintentional, maybe one of the mods can fix this up @<a href="http://www.medstudentsonline.com.au/member.php?u=5617">miss_universe</a> .
I was wondering if I am eligible to apply under provisional entry to UQ for next year to do undergrad med? I'm NZ citizen and currently doing first year at Auckland Uni
    <blockquote>I was wondering if I am eligible to apply under provisional entry to UQ for next year to do undergrad med? I'm NZ citizen and currently doing <span style="font-weight:bold;">first year</span> at Auckland Uni</blockquote><br />
    <blockquote><span style="color:#333333" class="colored">Students wishing to apply for provisional entry into medicine at UQ must be in their <span style="font-weight:bold;">final year of schooling</span></span></blockquote><br />
    Did you even look?<br />
    1) no.<br />
    2) UQ doesn't offer undergrad med, it offers grad med.
      <blockquote>Did you even look?<br />
      1) no.<br />
      2) UQ doesn't offer undergrad med, it offers grad med.</blockquote><br />
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      [OFFTOPIC]Some users tend to ask, grab and run and never return unfortunately[/OFFTOPIC]
This is somewhat out of date. UQ (although only recently) has removed the section score cutoffs for UMAT for the provisional entry scheme. The Rural Background Student (RBS) scheme has also been approved for provisional places.
    It's about a year out of date now, yes. Though that's because the RBS was only just approved and as you said UMAT section cut-offs have been removed, shall edit the article soon no doubt. I think it's important to note that it says UMAT cut-offs have been removed for the 2013 intake, which makes me suspicious of whether they will be removed from here on. It could be because there will be a years gap in provisional entry students, considering the move to the MD and 3 years undergrad (perhaps?)
[MENTION=8517]Cide[/MENTION] What do you mean Umat cut offs have been removed? Where does it say?
    <blockquote>@<a href="http://www.medstudentsonline.com.au/member.php?u=8517">Cide</a> What do you mean Umat cut offs have been removed? Where does it say?</blockquote><br />
    Section cut-offs of 50 are removed. UMAT itself is still in use. Expect the cut-off to rise as a result of the removal of section cut-offs,
      Will it reach to 190 Umat score?
        [MENTION=15702]drfatcat[/MENTION], I meant what Trin said, cut-offs as in the 50-50-50 rule for the various sections of UMAT has been removed for 2013 intake. It is impossible to predict really exactly what overall UMAT will be required for intake for a number of reasons. Firstly, the overall score and the percentile it correlates to fluctuates each year, so while 183 in 2010 may have been 93rd percentile it didn't give 93rd percentile in 2011. Also, since this is the first time UQ has removed the 50-50-50 rule it will be hard to tell how much the necessary UMAT requirement will jump by, though its definitely likely to jump a fair amount probably.
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