• Medicine subject area. Photo credit: Monash UniversityMedicine subject area. Photo credit: Monash University

Medical degrees in Australia and New Zealand

Australian and New Zealand medical schools have excellent international reputations for quality training and research. Eleven Australian and New Zealand universities are ranked in the world’s top 150 for medicine, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, with four of them (the University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, Monash University and the University of Queensland) placed in the world’s top 50.

Medical degrees in Australia and New Zealand are available as graduate entry OR undergraduate courses. This means that there are some courses you can apply to during, or immediately after, your final year of school, while for other courses you must have a bachelor degree in order to apply.

There are as many places available on graduate entry programmes as there are at undergraduate level.

This page provides information for school leaving applicants and graduate entry students hoping to apply to study medicine in Australia and New Zealand.

How do I make an application to study medicine in either country from the UK?

Are you a domestic or an international student? A domestic student is someone who holds citizenship or permanent residency of Australia or New Zealand, as confirmed by passport at the point of application. An international student is a citizen of any country other than Australia or New Zealand!

If you are an international student, you will submit your applications via Study Options. Study Options is the official representative of Australian and New Zealand universities in the UK and Ireland. We are a free application support service for students, funded directly by our university partners to help students through the application process on their behalf. Applications made through Study Options are fast-tracked through university assessments and are exempt from application fees.

If you are a domestic applicant, please contact the university you wish to study your medical degree at directly to check exactly how, and when, you should make your application. Please click here for more information.

Where can I study medicine in Australia or New Zealand?

Undergraduate (school leaver) entry only:

  • University of Adelaide, South Australia
  • James Cook University, Queensland
  • University of Tasmania, Tasmania
  • UNSW Sydney, New South Wales

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry available:

  • Monash University, Victoria
  • Macquarie University, New South Wales
  • Griffith University, Queensland
  • Flinders University, Adelaide
  • University of Western Australia, Western Australia 
  • University of Sydney, New South Wales*
  • University of Auckland, New Zealand

*Please note undergraduate places at the University of Sydney are extremely limited; this is predominantly a postgraduate programme

Postgraduate entry only:

The following Australian universities have medical programmes but do not currently accept international students, so these are only open to domestic applicants: Bond University; Curtin University and the University of Newcastle.

To get a full list of available courses, giving entry requirements, admissions procedures and deadlines, international students please contact Study Options.

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