Rural Entry Scheme

The UNSW Medicine & Health, Rural Entry Scheme (RES) was first introduced in 1997 and is conducted in parallel to the main UNSW Medicine ‘local entry’ application process with applicants competing for an allocation of rural places which for 2020 is at least 29% of the UNSW Medicine annual domestic intake.


Applicants with an extensive rural background, particularly demonstrated through their home and schooling up to and including the completion of secondary (Higher School Certificate) education, have an opportunity to apply through the Rural Entry Scheme.


The application process is competitive and assessed on a range of rurality and other factors. Applicants who apply through the RES but do not meet the scheme requirements can have their applications transferred to the main UNSW Medicine ‘local entry’ application process if they meet the general entry requirements and criteria for Medicine.



To apply via the RES applicants must have lived in a defined Australian rural area, MMM 2-7 (Modified Monash Model classification system) for at least five consecutive or ten cumulative years since the age of 5 (from Kindergarten to Year 12). 

The Commonwealth Department of Health is now using the MMM (Modified Monash Model) geographical rural identifier classification. Whilst UNSW have adopted this change, we will continue to assess applications for rural entry for this year (2022 applications for admission) only, utilising the RRMA identifier where there has been a change of status to a rural zone under the MMM identifier that disadvantages a student. Next year, 2023, the admissions applications process will only use the MMM geographic identifier.

  1. Select the Modified Monash Model 2015 checkbox in the Classification option box.
  2. Enter your address in Search the Map.

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To be eligible, RES applicants must be either an Australian/New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

Rural vs Local Entry

The Rural Entry Scheme (RES) is an initiative to promote Medicine to applicants with an extensive rural background who are able to demonstrate and meet rurality and other assessed factors. Applicants who enter the UNSW Medicine program through the RES, study the same program as students who apply and enter through the main UNSW Medicine ‘local entry’ application process.

Applicants must choose to apply through the Rural Entry Scheme (RES) or through the main Local Entry application process, you cannot apply for both.

Lateral Entry Scheme 

The Lateral Entry Scheme for UNSW Medicine is a graduate entry stream into the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMed) / Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, restricted to domestic UNSW Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSci) students. Students apply during their BMedSci year 2. Successful applicants are then required to complete the BMedSci and undertake a Science (Honours) year prior to entry into the MD component of the Medicine p

The Lateral Entry Scheme is only available to students enrolled in the UNSW Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) program.  Further details can be found in the Special Entry Schemes.

Entry Scheme for students from other Medical Schools

A domestic students who is studying at an Australian medical school or who has previously studied at an Australian medical school is not eligible to apply to study Medicine at UNSW as a commencing student. Further details can be found in the Special Entry Schemes.

Application Process

Please carefully read all information available on our website so that you are aware of the dates and deadlines, the selection process and other important details.

1. Register for and sit the UCAT ANZ (University Clinical Aptitude Test)

2. Start your application on the Medicine Application Portal (MAP) selecting the rural option. Once you have started your application, you will receive an e-mail containing your password (receipt). The email may take up to 30 minutes to receive. Please do not start another application as this will lock you out. The password will allow you to log back in and work on your application. You must ensure that you have completed and submitted your application by the deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. Remember that applicants are not selected based on the details provided on the application form. However, some of the information you provide may be passed on to interviewers prior to your interview.

3. Complete the University Admission Centre (UAC) application by the closing date.

4. Attend the Medicine interview (by invitation only). Applicants will be invited to interview by email, please ensure you check your emails frequently during this period.

5. Await the outcome of your application. Offers are made through UAC and selected applicants will be notified through their UAC account where you can accept or decline your offer as instructed.

6. Selected applicants are sent the UNSW Medicine Welcome e-mail with full instructions for enrolment, NSW Health requirements, timetabling etc.

7. Enrol in courses and pay your tuition fees.

Important Dates for Medicine Entry

There are a number of steps that need to be completed by the dates specified below to fulfil the requirements of the UNSW Medicine admission process.

1 March 2022 Registration for UCAT ANZ opens
15 March 2022 UNSW Sydney Rural Clinical School Medicine Information Evening
12 April 2022 The Medicine Application Portal (MAP) opens for local and rural applications to UNSW Medicine
12 April 2022 Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) applications open
17 May 2022 On-time registration deadline for UCAT ANZ
Late booking closes on 31 May 2022
Concession application deadline 10 May 2022
Access arrangements application deadline 17 May 2022
1 July - 12 August 2022 UCAT ANZ testing dates
30 September 2022 Last day to lodge on-time application with UAC
30 September 2022 Last day to submit UNSW application through the Medicine Application Portal (MAP)
Nov - Dec 2022 Interviews for rural applicants will be held
15 December 2022 ATAR released on UAC website
12 January 2023 January Round 1 offers released via Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)
25 January 2023 January Round 2 offers released via Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)
9 February 2023 February Round 1 offers released via Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)
16 February 2023 February Round 2 offers released via Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)
20 February 2023
Commencement of Year 1




Selection for Interview

Applicants will be invited to interview based on their UCAT ANZ results and our rural eligibility criteria. Rural Entry Scheme (RES) applicants are required to complete a Statutory Declaration evidencing their rural background as well as providing detailed information about rural residential and schooling locations. This document can be downloaded from the application portal in "Rural Details" tab of the application. It should be completed and attached irrespective of your application status. The document must be witnessed and signed by an authorised person. You may be able to apply through the RES if you have resided in a rural area for a period of at least five (5) consecutive years or a period of ten (10) years cumulative, since the age of 5 and through your primary and secondary school years. A rural area is defined as MMM 2-7 (Modified Monash Modal classification system). 

Location of Study

UNSW Medicine & Health offers students the opportunity to complete Year 1 and Year 2 (Phase 1) of the undergraduate Medicine program at the Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga and Kensington campuses. There are 26 places available in Port Macquarie for students commencing study in 2021. During the application process applicants will indicate their preferred enrolment location for Phase 1–either Kensington, Port Macquarie, or Wagga Wagga.

Students are able to complete the entire UNSW medical program in Port Macquarie, from 2021 students can also complete the entire UNSW medical program in Wagga Wagga. In accepting a place for Phase 1 at the Rural Clinical School Port Macquarie or Wagga campus, students acknowledge that they will remain there for all of Phase 1, and students who commence in Port Macquarie are expected to remain at a Mid-North Coast campus throughout Phases 2 and 3. The same applies for a student who commences their study at the Wagga Wagga campus, they are expected to remain at a Southern campus throughout Phases 2 and 3, this includes Wagga Wagga, Albury and Griffith. 

It is expected that students who gain entry via the Rural Entry Scheme will be allocated to a rural hospital in Phase 2 and/or Phase 3. With campuses across NSW including Albury-Wodonga, Coffs Harbour, Griffith, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga, the Rural Clinical School has had great success training Medical students since 2000.

Late Exam Results

Applications cannot be considered for entry if results are not made available to UAC by 7 January in the year where students commence their studies with us.

The reason for the need for this deadline is to allow main round offers to be finalised. It is usually the case that the only students adversely affected by this deadline for results are students who sit one of the "A" Level examinations and university students with unresolved exam results. We will do our best to consider these applicants, but cannot guarantee it.

Selection for Offer

Applicants are offered a place in the Medicine program based on

  • academic rank
  • UCAT ANZ score
  • interview score
  • rural rating

Using the above parameters, all students are ranked. Applicants are selected based on the highest rank determined by all four measures. Scores will not be averaged, which means that a high score in one component will not compensate for a low score in another.

Year 12 students

For applicants seeking admission on the basis of the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC), a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 91.00 or equivalent is required to be eligible for consideration.

University Students and Graduates

I have not completed a full year of study

If you have completed less than 0.75 FTE (full time equivalent) of tertiary study at the end of the year in which you apply, you will be assessed only on your secondary school results.

I have completed at least one full year of study (but not completed a degree)

If you have completed an equivalent of 0.75 FTE (full time equivalent) or more of tertiary study in a single degree at the end of the year in which you apply, you will be assessed for admission to the Medicine program on either your secondary OR your tertiary study results. The following minimum criteria applies:

  • Your secondary school qualification component must reach 91.00 ATAR (or equivalent); AND
  • your tertiary study component must reach WAM 70 or equivalent.

Once you have met the minimum requirement, a "best of" algorithm will apply and the qualification with a higher selection rank will be used as a final selection rank for Medicine program admissions purposes.

I have completed a degree

If you have completed a tertiary degree before the end of the year in which you apply, only the tertiary qualification will be considered for admission to the Medicine program. Your tertiary studies must reach a minimum WAM/GPA equivalent of a 91.00 ATAR.
As you have completed a tertiary degree, we will no longer consider your secondary qualification, i.e. a minimum 91.00 ATAR (or equivalent) is not applicable.



When selecting applicants to proceed to the interview stage, we consider the overall UCAT ANZ score.  

The University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand (UCAT ANZ) is a two-hour computer-based test. The test assesses a range of abilities through five separately timed sub-tests. You'll be tested on Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement, each containing several multiple-choice questions.  

There is no minimum UCAT ANZ requirement, but it is expected that applicants must reach the 50th percentile to proceed to the interview stage of the application process. The Situational Judgement mark from the UCAT ANZ will not be considered.

To learn more or register for the test, visit UCAT ANZ website.


Interviews are structured and cover a wide range of relevant issues. There will be two interviewers drawn from academic staff, medical practitioners and community representatives. It is proposed to hold all interviews for Rural Entry Scheme between November and December (dates to be confirmed).

Shortlisted applicants must be available to attend an interview in the set interview period. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they are available to attend an interview on these dates. Applicants who are unable to attend their interview on the relevant date will not be considered further.

Types of places are then allocated to selected applicants as follows:


Unbonded and bonded places allocation

There are a set number of unbonded and bonded places available, as determined by the Commonwealth Government. All applicants are automatically considered for both types of places.
Unbonded places are offered to the top students in the final ranking until all places have been exhausted. Then, bonded places will be offered, again until all spots are exhausted.

You can find more details about unbonded and bonded places here.

Campus allocation

Our Kensington, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga campuses have a set number of places available. When you complete your application on the Medicine Application Portal, you must indicate your campus preferences by putting all three campuses in your preferred order.

You are able to change your campus preference up until the application deadline. Once the deadline has passed no further preference changes can be accommodated, regardless of circumstance.

Your campus preference order has no influence on whether you are offered a place in the UNSW Medicine program, i.e. preferencing one campus over another does not increase your chances of receiving an offer.

UNSW Medicine & Health will allocate students to campuses based on their ranking, campus preference order, and campus availability. We will do our very best to allocate you to your first campus preference, but you should understand that this is not guaranteed and so also be prepared to accept an offer at your second or third campus preference.

You will only receive one offer for one campus.

Applicants who apply through the Rural Entry Scheme and accept a place in the Medicine program at the Kensington campus in Year 1 are expected to study at a rural campus for Phase 2 and 3 (Years 3-6).

Applicants who accept a place in the Medicine program at the Port Macquarie campus for Year 1 will normally be expected to complete all 6 years of the Medicine program in the Mid North Coast (MNC) region (Coffs Harbour or Port Macquarie Rural Clinical Campuses). However, relocation to another rural or metropolitan campus for a defined period may be considered in exceptional circumstances and places availability.

Applicants who accept a place in the Medicine program at the Wagga Wagga Campus for Year 1 will normally be expected to complete all 6 years of the Medicine program in Murrumbidgee, Riverina and Border region (Wagga Wagga, Albury and Griffith Rural Clinical Campuses). However, relocation to another rural or metropolitan campus for a defined period may be considered in exceptional circumstances and availability of places.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read the FAQ's on UNSW’s Medicine website.

Government Policies

Please read the information on Government Policies on the Medicine website.


There are many scholarships offered to UNSW rural medical students.

Scholarships for UNSW students website.

Scholarships for rural students studying health degrees –

To find out more about studying Medicine please click here.

Please note that the dates on this page are indicative only and are subject to change, please check this page regularly for any changes and updates.