When applying for the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Medicine Pathway) at UniSQ, it is important to view all admission considerations that may be applicable to you. This includes selection principles in relation to different adjustment schemes, information for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants, as well as requirements and tips for the Multiple mini-interviews (MMIs).
Other admission considerations
All applicants will need to meet the entry requirements of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medicine Pathway), such as subject pre-requisites and English language requirements. Entry is competitive with limited places available. Therefore, meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission. Shortlisted applicants must meet inherent requirements and attend a multiple mini-interview.
To be considered for a place in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medicine Pathway), Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants will need to provide the following documents:
- most recent graded report card
- a letter outlining your reasons for wanting to study medicine and work as a doctor in a regional, rural and remote setting
- written evidence of your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage as outlined by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), e.g. a written reference from a Community Elder, your local Community-Controlled Organisation or your mob’s Land Council.
If you have questions about the requested documentation above, please contact us.
Applicants (other than Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants) may be eligible to receive ATAR/rank adjustments for successfully completing specific Year 12 subjects or university-level study while at school.
- 2 ATAR/rank adjustments for achieving a grade of C or higher in Units 3 and 4 of an approved language other than English subject (or an equivalent subject from another approved senior program);
- 2 ATAR/rank adjustments for achieving a grade of C or higher in Units 3 and 4 of Queensland Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent);
- 1 ATAR/rank adjustment for successfully completing a UniSQ BIO-coded Head Start course.
Note that a maximum of 5 adjustment points can be applied to an applicant’s ATAR.
Applicants (other than Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants) may be eligible to receive ATAR/rank adjustments for residing in a rural area in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales.
- 2 ATAR/rank adjustments and access to QTAC's Rural Access Scheme for applicants who live in areas classified MM 2 to MM 7 under the MMM classifications (PDF 255KB).
- A further 1 ATAR/rank adjustment point for applicants who live in Darling Downs, South West Queensland and identified regions (see map and note MM 1 exclusions, PDF 255KB).
Rural Australia means a remoteness area in categories MM 2 to MM 7, in accordance with the Australian Statistical Geography Standard - Modified Monash Model (MMM classification, 2022).
To identify as a resident of rural Australia, applicants must submit an application and supporting documentation to demonstrate residence of at least 10 years cumulatively or any 5 years consecutively in rural Australia since birth.
Please note that a maximum of five (5) adjustment points can be applied to an applicant’s ATAR.
Multiple mini-interviews (MMIs) are an integral part of the UniSQ selection process to identify candidates who are suitable to enter the Darling Downs South West Medical Pathway and eventually be a medical doctor in a rural, remote or regional setting. They are designed to assess your verbal communication skills, values and personal qualities such as kindness, compassion, adaptability and integrity. MMIs are widely recognised as an industry best practice method for selecting applicants based on values-based attributes for medicine and allied health degrees.
MMI admission requirements
Invitation to an MMI will be based on the ranking of the aggregate score from the first four sections of the University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand (UCAT ANZ).
- The UCAT ANZ Section 5 score will be used as a secondary differentiator to differentiate between applicants with the same UCAT ANZ aggregate score.
- The UCAT ANZ Section 1 score will be used as a tertiary differentiator to differentiate between applicants with the same Section 5 score.
To the extent possible, an equal number of applicants (other than Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants) will be selected to participate in MMIs from the following areas:
- Darling Downs and South West Queensland;
- areas classified MM 2 to MM 7 under the MMM classification; and
- any other applicants who wish to be considered.
What happens during MMIs?
Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the interviews will be conducted via video conferencing. MMIs are broken down into eight (8) stations (mini-interviews) lasting around 10 minutes each. At each station, you will be presented with a scenario by an interviewer and you have two minutes to consider your response in silence. You will then have seven (7) minutes to provide your verbal response to each scenario. There will be eight (8) different interviewers, each presenting a different scenario. Your responses to the eight (8) scenarios will be scored by your interviewers and contribute to an overall assessment score and admission ranking.
The expected duration of your interview, including the pre-interview checks, will be two (2) hours. This time includes checking your audio-visual connectivity and identity verification. These interviews will be conducted under exam-like conditions.