Location Wollongong (Regional) or Shoalhaven (Rural) Campuses, New South Wales Australia
Entry level Graduate
Duration 4 years
Important dates

August: Applicants applying via the dedicated application process must do so by August.

Indigenous entry pathway

Yes. See below.

Course Information

The UOW MBBS aims to lead development and implementation of strategies that effectively address the shortage of medical practitioners in regional, rural, remote and in Indigenous communities in Australia, achieving national and international status as a leader in medical education. The MBBS curriculum reflects the current approaches to medical education and incorporates extensive use of existing and emerging medical education and information technologies.

The four-year graduate entry programme has been based on the best educational evidence from medical schools around the world, with an innovative, integrated, spiral curriculum based around a Case-Based Learning (CBL) core. The Graduate School of Medicine is initially based at two UOW campuses; Wollongong (Regional) and Shoalhaven (Rural). Students undertake Phase 1 of the course based at either the Wollongong or Shoalhaven Campuses. Phase 2 is hospital based and rotations occur in Wollongong, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands (Bowral). In Phase 3 students will be based in one of 10 hubs throughout NSW. In Phase 4 students have the opportunity to undertake international and national elective placements, as well as a Pre-Internship (PRINT) in NSW.

Entry Level: Graduate

Graduate entry courses are bachelor degree or Masters level courses that you can’t enter straight from school. You can only study them if you already have a degree. For medicine in Australia, and depending on the university, this degree can be either be in any field or must be a specific bachelors degree. Graduate entry medical degrees are shorter than undergraduate medical courses. The reason they’re shorter is that the university can assume that you’ve already developed the ability to learn effectively at university level and that you have an understanding of the basic sciences.

The University of Wollongong MBBS program is a graduate course offered at bachelor level. This means that students need to have a bachelor degree in any subject to gain entry to the program. It also means that students are able to apply for bachelor level scholarships such as the Puggy Hunter scholarship. The University of Wollongong MBBS program takes 4 years to complete. The reason the graduate degree is shorter is that the university can assume that students have already developed the ability to learn effectively at university level and have an understanding of the basic sciences.

Important Dates Details:

August: Applicants applying via the dedicated application process must do so by August.

Indigenous Entry Pathway:

Yes, see below.

Entry Criteria:

The selection into the course is based on GAMSAT performance, academic marks (completed recognised undergraduate degree with GPA average of 5 or above), UOW GSM portfolio and the outcome of a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). The portfolio is strongly weighted towards Indigenous and rural/remote entry students. An Indigenous Community Panel is a further process for Indigenous applicants which gauges the applicant’s potential as a future health leader and role model for the Indigenous community. This enables flexibility in GAMSAT and GPA scores and provides a holistic assessment of Indigenous applicants. Proof of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage through relevant Indigenous organisations is required.

Preparation Course:

No – however there is an internal support program for UOW undergraduate students.

Length of course:

4 years

Additional Information:

* The UOW GSM has an allocated sub-quota of places for applicants who are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, however this does not limit the number of Aboriginal or Islander students admitted to the programme. To be considered for these places, applicants must mark the appropriate section on the application form and also provide proof of identity as an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander. This documentation must be viewed by the Academic Leader: Admissions & Selection and the Academic Leader: Indigenous Health. Applicants in this category are required to reach acceptable levels of performance in GAMSAT, interview and GPA as determined by the school.

* The UOW GSM Admissions Portfolio is a written description of the applicant’s experiences and achievements. Applicants have the opportunity to highlight areas of achievement, community engagement, leadership, teamwork, service ethic and commitment as well as ties to Indigenous, regional, rural and remote communities.

* The interview for students will take the form of a scenario based process in which each applicant proceeds through a series of 10 stations, with each station assessed by a different interviewer. The interviews not medical or science based but are geared to assessing life experiences and attitudes.

* The GSM of the University of Wollongong consists of two main campuses – Wollongong and Shoalhaven. Up front application candidates are asked to indicate their preferred campus (Wollongong or Shoalhaven) which will apply for the first 18 months of the programme (Phase 1). After that time students will be rotated through both campuses and other regional, rural and remote areas in NSW. The campus preference will be considered but not guaranteed.

* There are no pre-requisite subjects; however science knowledge would be beneficial.

What assistance is available to me?:

Woolyungah Indigenous Centre (WIC)
Woolyungah Indigenous Centre (WIC) provides a number of programs, services and facilities to encourage and support tertiary education amongst Indigenous Australians. These include the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS), academic support and financial assistance.

Financial Assistance:

Centrelink – ABSTUDY


Scott Winch
LIME Reference Group Member
Email: swinch@uow.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 4221 5629

Andrew Sulter or Lauren Miller
Woolyungah Indigenous Centre (WIC)
Email: wic-enquiries@uow.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 4221 3776

Graduate School of Medicine
Building 28
University of Wollongong
NSW 2522 Australia
Email: gsm-info@uow.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 4221 4111