Rural Student Entry Scheme

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.

Please see our brochure for more information.

Additional information regarding the application and selection process will be made available on our website on 3rd May.

Important Dates

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.

Dates for 2018 UNSW Medicine Entry

3 May 2017 The Medicine Application Portal (MAP) opens for local and rural applications to UNSW Medicine
2 June 2017 On-time registration deadline for Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT)
26 July 2017 UMAT test date
2 August 2017 University Admission Centre (UAC) applications open
29 September 2017 Last day to lodge on-time application with UAC
30 September 2017 Last day to submit UNSW application through the Medicine Application Portal (MAP)
7 November 2017 UNSW Medicine selects applicants for interview based on predicted ATAR scores and interview invitations are e-mailed to NSW/ACT applicants
27 November -              1 December 2017 Interviews (NSW/ACT applicants) based on predicted results. Interviews for rural applicants will be held at the Kensington (Sydney) and Port Macquarie campuses
15 December 2017 ATAR results released on UAC website
by 23 December 2017 UNSW Medicine makes interview selection based on actual ATAR scores and interview invitations are e-mailed to NSW/ACT applicants
3-4 January 2018 Interviews (NSW/ACT applicants) based on actual results - Kensington
TBA January Round 1 offers released via UAC
23 January 2018 Interviews (interstate/overseas applicants) based on actual results - Kensington
TBA January Round 2 offers released via UAC
26 February 2018 Commencement of Year 1