Alternative entry

What is alternative entry?

The alternative entry program 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 alternative entry process can improve your chances of admission into your preferred program.

Alternative entry considers your previous formal education and a range of factors such as your employment history, academic abilities, personal interests and references. Successful applicants are eligible for up to an additional 5 bonus points – or OP equivalent – to assist with their entry into UQ.

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 alternative entry pathways available to applicants who identify as an Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander person:

  • Alternative entry for undergraduate programs
  • Alternative entry for the Doctor of Medicine (Provisional Entry)
  • Alternative entry for the Doctor of Medicine (Direct Entry).

For each pathway, applicants are required to provide a "Confirmation of their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Status" as part of their application.

Your personal confirmation must be recognised within your own incorporated community organisation and be signed by the appropriate signatory under their Common Seal.

Alternative entry for undergraduate programs

To be eligible for the alternative entry program, 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.

 
 

Alternative entry for the Doctor of Medicine (Provisional Entry)

To be eligible for the alternative entry program, you must:

  • Be 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 UMAT and submit a score with your application, but this isn't compulsory.

Alternative entry for the Doctor of Medicine (Direct Entry)

To be eligible for the alternative entry program, 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 Entry) 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 (Direct Entry) 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 atsisaltentry@uq.edu.au or post it to:

Alternative Entry Pathways Program
ATSIS Unit
Level 2, Bookshop Building (4)
The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072

 

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.

Application deadlines

Doctor of Medicine (Direct Entry)
Monday 7 August 2017
Closed for 2018 intake

Doctor of Medicine (Provisional Entry)
​Monday 23 October 2017
Closed for 2018 intake

Alternative Entry (Undergraduate)
Semester 1, 2018

Friday 8 December 2017

Alternative Entry Tips Guide

Alternative Entry Fact Sheet
Download the guide (PDF, 4.9MB)

 

MD Alternative Entry Pathway
Download the guide (PDF, 3.1MB)