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Facts & figures

MD cohort demographics 2020

  • Non-science students 20% of Sydney's MD students come from non-biomedical science educational backgrounds
  • Top non-science courses Commerce, arts, law, engineering
  • Average age 24 years at time of enrolment
  • International students 22% of students are from countries outside Australia
  • Gender split 60% male, 40% female students

Doctor of Medicine

Become a doctor at Sydney Medical School
Our Doctor of Medicine (MD) program is an excellent training platform on which to build a career in medicine. Our graduates provide professional, diligent and ethical care to the community.

Medicine course options

There are two ways to enter the MD program.

After completing any bachelor's degree students can apply for entry into our four-year postgraduate course.

Undergraduate admission is available for high school leavers who have achieved exceptional results. Only 30 domestic and 10 international places are available in these degrees. The seven-year double degree medicine pathway combines the Doctor of Medicine with an undergraduate degree in arts or science.

Admission process

The admission process for the Doctor of Medicine is very detailed, please follow our step-by-step timeline and download the latest version of the Admissions Guide available on the relevant course page.

Learn about the new structure of our MD program

Why study the MD at Sydney

  • Diverse student cohort. A biomedical science degree is not a prerequisite.
  • Preparation for entry. A foundational knowledge course is available to all students on enrolment to ensure assumed knowledge in anatomy, physiology, molecular and cell biology is met.
  • Opportunities to undertake research. The University has a number of leading centres of excellence, as well as options to partake in electives overseas.
  • MD project and personalised pathways. The program offers dedicated time to complete a substantial research project in year three over a 14-week period. Students also have the opportunity to develop skills in specific areas (personalised pathways) through elective and selective studies.
  • Graduated clinical immersion. The program increases clinical exposure and immersion throughout the degree in rural and urban settings with integration into medical teams. Students are directly supervised on wards, in clinics and in community settings by experienced clinicians and educators.
  • Preparation for practice. The entire fourth-year of the program acts as a pre-internship, giving students full clinical immersion.  
  • Enquiry-based, integrated, spiral curriculum. Clinical knowledge, reasoning and other skills are built on a foundation of biomedical sciences. 
  • Clinical Schools. The University of Sydney has a huge range of clinical schools at teaching hospitals in both Sydney and in wider NSW for students to complete placements. 
  • Overseas opportunities. Sydney Medical School has extensive international connections. You can undertake a four to eight week clinical or research placement during your elective term.
  • International student opportunites: If you are an international student, there are a number of opportunities for you to undertake rotations in your home country, with the aim of allowing you to more easily return home after studies in Sydney.