Admission pathways

What are admission pathways?

The admission pathway is designed to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants who are interested in studying at UQ.

If your entry score wasn't what you hoped, or you don't meet the entry requirements, the admission pathway process can improve your chances of admission into your preferred program.

Admission pathway considers your previous formal education and a range of factors such as your employment history, academic abilities, personal interests and references.

If you provide a compelling case to demonstrate suitability for your preferred program based on extensive relevant work experience and/or training, UQ may waive specific program requirements.

Who can apply?

There are three admission pathways available to applicants who identify as an Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander person:

  • Admission pathway for undergraduate programs
  • Admission pathway for the Doctor of Medicine (Provisional)
  • Admission pathway for the Doctor of Medicine (Graduate).

For each pathway, applicants are required to provide compelling evidence of their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status as part of their application.

Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status under the common seal of a community organisation may be provided. Where exceptional circumstances apply, statutory declarations and other forms of documentation may be considered. Original or certified copies of supporting documentation must be provided.

Admisson pathway (Undergraduate)

To be eligible for the admission pathway, you must have:

  • listed UQ as a preference on your QTAC application
  • completed the prerequisites for programs you are seeking entry into. If you haven't completed the prerequisites, you can present a case to demonstrate equivalent work experience or training.


Doctor of Medicine (Provisional)

To be eligible for the admission pathway, you must:

  • be in your final year of secondary school
  • be eligible for an OP score (or equivalent)
  • have passed the prerequisites for the Doctor of Medicine and your preferred bachelor's degree.

We also encourage you to sit the UCAT and submit a score with your application, but this isn't compulsory.

Doctor of Medicine (Graduate)

To be eligible for the admission pathway, you must:

  • have successfully completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, or
  • be currently studying in the final year of your first bachelor's degree.

We encourage you to sit the GAMSAT and submit a score with your application, but this isn't compulsory.

Step 1

For the Doctor of Medicine (Provisional) and undergraduate programs complete your QTAC application online

On your QTAC application, you must identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and list UQ as a preference.

For the Doctor of Medicine (Graduate) you can either apply directly to the ATSIS Unit and/or complete a GEMSAS application online.

Step 3

Provide copies of the following documents:

  • Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status under the common seal of an incorporated community organisation
  • Personal resume (including two referees)
  • Academic transcripts or certificates from previous enrolments in education courses or programs, and any supporting documents relevant to your application.

Step 4

Submit a brief personal statement, no more than an A4 page.

This statement should outline your motivations to study, and could include some background about yourself, what interests you about the program and what makes you a suitable candidate.




Step 5

Once you have all your documentation ready and your application is complete, email it to or post it to:

Admission Pathways
Level 2, Bookshop Building (4)
The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072

Important dates

These dates apply to most programs. Some programs have earlier closing dates – see QTAC's fixed closing dates for details. To see all application dates, check QTAC's key dates.

For Semester 2, 2022:

  • QTAC applications open: 3 August 2021
  • QTAC applications close for major offer round: 26 May 2022
  • UQ offers released: between 28 April and 14 July 2022
  • QTAC major offer round: 9 June 2022
  • Classes start at UQ: 25 July 2022

Ordering your preferences

To give yourself the best chance of getting an offer for your preferred program, think carefully about how you choose and order your preferences.

You can list up to 6 preferences. You can only receive 1 offer per offer round – for your highest eligible preference.

Here's how to order your preferences to make the most of your QTAC application:

  • 1 and 2: Dream programs – The top 2 programs you dream of studying – even if you're not sure you'll get the entry score you need.
  • 3 and 4: Back-up programs – The 2 programs you'd most like to study if you don't get into your dream programs.
  • 5 and 6: Pathway programs – 2 programs you could use as a pathway into one of your preferred programs.

Once you've decided on your 6 programs, you can refine the order by thinking about:

  • entry score threshold: list programs with higher entry score thresholds first.
  • offer round dates: list programs in order of when offers are made.

If you change your mind or don't get the entry score you expected, you can change your preferences.

QTAC's advice on ordering your preferences 


We'll be in touch to discuss your application.

After the application closing date, the ATSIS Unit will convene a selection committee for shortlisting eligible applicants. The shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview to discuss their application.

Applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome of their application as soon as possible after their interview has been conducted.


Doctor of Medicine (Graduate)
Now Closed

Doctor of Medicine (Provisional)
Closes: 28 ​October 2022

Interviews* for MD (Provisional) Admissions Pathways will be conducted between Monday 31 October - Friday 11 November 2022. 

*Please note these interviews are informal and are not the MMI (Multiple Mini Interview). Interviews can be arranged via Zoom/Teams or in-person.
Please consult the ATSIS Unit Student Support Team for details.



Admission Pathways Tips Guide

Admission Pathway Fact Sheet
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MD Admission Pathway
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