The Rural Student Entry Scheme to Medicine (RSES) was first introduced in 1997. Applicants with a significant rural background compete for a separate entry quota of at least 25% of the Medicine cohort. Applicants must meet certain criteria (listed below) to be eligible for the scheme. RSES is designed for those who have completed high school and people who are currently undertaking or have completed a university degree. Applicants must have lived in a rural area for at least five consecutive years or ten cumulative years, starting from the age of five.
A rural area is defined as RRMA 3-7 (Rural, Remote, Metropolitan classification system). Please note UNSW Medicine uses this classification system rather than the ASGC-RA classification system. To see whether your address is classified as a rural area you can use the 'search the map' feature on the website DoctorConnect. Applicants who apply to the RSES need to complete a Medicine Application Form with UNSW Medicine (please see the link to the application form below).
Rural vs General Entry
Please note, the RSES is an entry scheme to Medicine. Students who enter Medicine through the RSES study the same Medicine program as students who have come through General Entry. Applicants must choose to apply through the Rural Student Entry Scheme OR through General Entry, you cannot apply for both.
Applicants for a place in Medicine through the RSES must carefully read and understand the Faculty of Medicine Policy on Allocation of Students to Clinical Environments (updated September 2016). This policy sets out the obligations of RSES students in terms of allocation to Rural Clinical Settings.
Please see our brochure for more information.
Details regarding 2018 entry, including the application form, will be available mid-May.