Pathways to medicine
Entry to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program does not require prerequisite bachelor courses or specified prior degrees.
However, it is recognised that science, biomedical science or health sciences degrees are good preparation for medical study and a subsequent medical career.
We strongly recommend that students with these backgrounds also spend time studying social sciences and humanities, as these are also important foundations to medical study and a medical career. Similarly, we strongly recommend that students without a science, biomedical science or health science degree, take some biomedical science courses in their first degree in order to adequately prepare themselves for the medical science that will commence in the MD from year one.
A minimum suggested study plan of appropriate preparation would include year two university level courses in Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry. This implies completion of year one prerequisite courses for these year two level courses.
UQ Medicine will not verify that individual recommended courses have been completed prior to commencing the MD, but in their best interests, prospective students should ensure they are adequately prepared by undertaking the recommended courses.
Non-UQ Graduate Entry Pathway
Prospective MD students from other universities are urged to adhere to the minimum suggested study plan, including year two university level courses in Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry in their undergraduate degree
UQ Provisional and Graduate Entry Pathways
Some Schools across the University provide suggested program study plans that include the recommended courses to prepare for the UQ MD (Stream A Pathways). These study plans should be used in conjunction with advice from the appropriate program's academic advisor. Some UQ programs may already meet the equivalent of these recommended courses via their prescribed or compulsory courses (Stream B Pathways) while some programs will require careful management of available elective space (Stream C Pathways) and students interested in such pathways should consult with the respective program advisor.
Students who hold a provisional entry for school leavers place in the Doctor of Medicine need to ensure that they complete their first degree in the minimum time required for that degree in order to retain their provisional entry place. Should any exceptional circumstances exist, students may be able to apply to the Associate Dean (Academic) to retain their place as per the 2016 Admission Rules (4.4.2).
Stream A Pathways to Medicine
UQ programs* with study plans to cover minimum recommended courses prior to entry to the MD:
- Bachelor of Science (various majors)
- Bachelor of Health Sciences
- Bachelor of Exercise & Nutrition Science
Stream B Pathways to Medicine
UQ Compliant programs* with highly prescribed courses:
- Bachelor of Biomedical Science
- Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)
- Bachelor of Midwifery
- Bachelors of Nursing/Midwifery
- Bachelor of Nursing
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
- Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
- Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)
Stream C Pathways to Medicine
UQ programs* with limited elective space to allow study plans to cover minimum recommended courses prior to entry to the MD:
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
- Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Honours)
- Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Social Science
* Program lists are not exhaustive. Prospective MD students should discuss alternative programs that are not listed with their respective undergraduate program academic advisors. They will work with you to develop an appropriate study plan.
- This information is provided as a guide and should be utilised in conjunction with appropriate advice from respective program advisors for the program students wish to complete prior to commencing the MD program.
- Successful provisional entry applicants must meet all program admission prerequisites of their preferred first degree. Please refer to the UQ Courses and Programs page for the prerequisite subjects of your preferred first degree.