Rural Entry Scheme

The UNSW Medicine, 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, RRMA 3-7 (Rural, Remote, Metropolitan Areas classification system) for at least five consecutive or ten cumulative years since the age of 5.
To see if you meet the initial rural eligibility assessment of having lived in a defined rural area, RRMA 3-7 follow the guide below;

  1. Select the RRMA (1991) checkbox in the Classification option box.
  2. Enter your address in Search the Map.

image - Rural Student Entry Scheme
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 and conditions can be found in the Graduate Entry Scheme for UNSW Medicine flyer. 

Important Information

*** We are aware that UNSW has changed the grading basis for some of the courses from numerical values to pass/fail and that some applicants are concerned how this will affect their WAM calculation. We are currently looking into this and will post information here as soon as possible. At this stage, please continue your courses as outlined in the above flyer, to the best of your abilities. We are working hard to make sure that the changes in the courses grading will not compromise your chances to get into medicine.***

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 2020 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.

2 March 2020 Registration for UCAT ANZ opens
1 April 2020 Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) applications open
1 April 2020 The Medicine Application Portal (MAP) opens for local and rural applications to UNSW Medicine
11 May 2020 Registration deadline for UCAT ANZ
12 May 2020 Medicine Student Information Presentations for Albury
3 June 2020 Medicine Student Information Presentations for Wagga Wagga campus Register here.
16 June 2020 Medicine Student Information Presentations for Port/Coffs campus 
1 – 31 July 2020 UCAT ANZ testing dates
5 September 2020   UNSW Open Day  Kensington campus
30 September 2020 Last day to lodge on-time application with UAC
30 September 2020 Last day to submit UNSW application through the Medicine Application Portal (MAP)
Oct - Dec 2020 Interviews for rural applicants will be held at the Albury-Wodonga, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga and Sydney (Kensington) campuses.
15 December 2020 ATAR results released on Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) website
8 January 2021 January Round 1 offers released via Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)
21 January 2021 January Round 2 offers released via Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)
15 February 2021 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 RRMA 3-7 (Rural, Remote, Metropolitan classification system). 

Location of Study

UNSW Medicine 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

Applicants who will have completed one year or more of tertiary studies at undergraduate level by the end of the year preceding their start in the Medicine program will be assessed on the basis of both high school results (ATAR or ATAR equivalent) and tertiary study results, in a ratio of 50:50. Applicants will be required to attain an academic rank of at least 91.00.

Applicants who will have completed less than 0.75 full-time equivalent of their first year of a tertiary program by the end of the year preceding their start in the Medicine program will be assessed only on the basis of their high school qualification (see “Year 12 students” above).

Please note: If an applicant has an ATAR or equivalent of less than 82.00, their tertiary results can never be sufficient to raise their academic results to the equivalent of the minimum ATAR of 91.00 required for consideration for entry. An applicant who scores an ATAR of around 95.00 would need to achieve distinctions in almost all courses in order to maintain the equivalent ATAR.


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 October and December (dates to be confirmed) at the Albury-Wodonga, Coffs Harbour, Griffith, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga campuses. You will be invited for an interview by email. Interview times will be confirmed via email and the University reserves the right to change the date/time/location selected. 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.

There are a set number of places available in our Kensington and Port Macquarie campuses. When completing the application form on the Medicine Application Portal (MAP), applicants indicate whether they are applying for a place at.

Campus allocation

  1. UNSW Kensington campus
  2. UNSW Port Macquarie campus
  3. UNSW Wagga Wagga Campus

Applicants who indicate that they would accept an offer at either campus will also be able to nominate their preferred campus. It must be stressed however that this is only a preference and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to take it into consideration.

Once the deadline for the submission of the application form on the Medicine Application Portal (MAP) has passed, applicants are unable to change their selection under any circumstances.

UNSW Medicine will allocate students to campuses as follows:

  1. By descending order, applicants who have selected only one campus are allocated until places at this campus are exhausted.
  2. Applicants who have indicated either campus will be proportionally allocated to the campus available at that stage. Where possible, we will take the campus preference into consideration, but again, we cannot guarantee it.
  • Applicants maximise their chance of being offered a place in the UNSW Medicine program bybeing prepared to accept a place at either campus. However, it is important that applicants do not select a campus in which they have no intention of accepting a place.
  • Applicants that select only one campus decrease their chance of being offered a place in the UNSW Medicine program in general as they compete for fewer places.
  • Applicants will be made only one offer. Once an applicant has received an offer, the campus allocation will not be changed under any circumstances.
  • During Phase 1 of the program (years 1-2), it is not possible for applicants to transfer from one campus to the other under any circumstances.

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 –

Please see our brochure for more information.

* 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.

UNSW is continuing to review and monitor the COVID-19 situation and updating students, staff, partners and visitors as new information comes to light. Testing for UCAT ANZ in 2020 is expected to proceed as normal .

Applicants are advised to register as normal by the deadline May 11 2020 and UCAT ANZ will advise candidates of any changes. Please also see UCAT ANZ’s response to COVID-19 below.