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School Profile

University of Queensland School of Medicine - School Profile

The School of Medicine is a leading provider of medical education and research in Queensland, with the country's largest medical degree program. The program includes graduate entry and school-leaver entry streams, and is an integrated, case/problem-based learning program.

The School is a diverse enterprise operating over multiple sites, with Queensland Health and private health service providers as major partners. Geographically, the School extends throughout Queensland with major sites in Brisbane, the outer metropolitan areas, and a number of rural and remote area facilities throughout the rest of the state as well as offshore clinical schools in New Orleans in the USA, and in Brunei, SE Asia.

The School comprises 12 academic Disciplines: Anaesthesiology and Critical Care,General Practice, Medical Education, Medical Ethics, Law and Professional Practice,Medical Imaging, Medicine, Molecular and Cellular Pathology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Child Health, Psychiatry, Rural and Remote Medicine, and Surgery.

The School has links to major teaching hospitals and research institutes both within and external to the University. It attracted $26.9 million in new competitive research funding in 2011, and recorded over 1100 research publications. There are wide-ranging research activities and excellent infrastructure within this network and the School's 25 research centres comprise national and international leading research groups.

In addition to the MBBS Program (due to change to MD Program from 2015), the School of Medicine also offers a wide range of postgraduate programs, higher degrees and the new Bachelor of Paramedic ScienceProgram. There are 386 Research Higher Degree students currently enrolled in the School of Medicine.

The School has an annual budget of over $120 million. Geographically it is organised around eleven Clinical Schools, each led by a senior clinical academic: Brunei Clinical School, Greenslopes Clinical School, Ipswich Clinical School, Mater Clinical School, Northside Clinical School, Ochsner Clinical School (New Orleans), PA Southside Clinical School, Royal Brisbane Clinical School, Rural Clinical School, Sunshine Coast Clinical School, Wesley & St Andrew's Clinical School.

The School has over 450 paid staff and more than 2500 honorary staff who provide a major contribution to its teaching and research activities. Absolutely fundamental to the School's mission is the role of Academic Title Holders who are mainly, but not exclusively, doctors working in Queensland Health facilities, in private hospitals and in general practice.

More than 12,000 alumni have graduated from the School of Medicine since 1940. Nearly 6,500 of the School's Alumni reside within Queensland and teach back into the MBBS Program. The School's Alumni Network seeks to foster a stronger relationship between graduates and the School by providing a variety of opportunities for members to actively engage with the School and the University.


QS World University Rankings®

  • UQ ranked 46th in the world
  • UQ ranked 48= in the field of Medicine

The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings

  • UQ ranked 74th in the world
  • UQ ranked 42nd in the subject for Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health

Academic Rankings of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University

  • UQ overall was ranked 86th worldwide
  • UQ ranked in 51-75 band for the field Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy

Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

University of Queensland School of Medicine - Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

UQ School of Medicine is known as 'Australia's Global Medical School'. It conducts a four year graduate entry medical program, the Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). The MBBS Program is designed to produce global doctors who are able to meet today's challenges. The curriculum has been planned to capture the enthusiasm and maturity of its graduate entrants and help them develop into highly-skilled medical graduates capable of entering the wide variety of career options open to them worldwide.

When you enrol at the School of Medicine you join a lifelong community of scholars, clinicians and researchers who follow the School's Motto Cum Pietate et Sanctitate Hanc Artem Meam Profitebor, Latin for 'with piety and the application of best practice medicine, may our future patients profit from the art and science learnt in this Medical School'.

Bachelor of Paramedic Science

University of Queensland School of Medicine - Bachelor of Paramedic Science

This program prepares graduates for employment as ambulance paramedics. The first year of the program provides a strong foundational knowledge in such areas as the structure & function of the human body, pathology, public health and evidence-based healthcare. Students will also be prepared for paramedic practice with studies in communication, ambulance policies and procedures, and practical training in the use of ambulance equipment.

In the second and third years of the program, students will explore common paramedic conditions and emergencies using a systems-based approach. There is increased emphasis on acquiring knowledge and skills in paramedic theory and practice through patient-centred and case-based learning strategies. Clinical reasoning, problem solving and interpersonal skills are developed. This phase of the program also focuses on the contemporary role of paramedics as pre-hospital care professionals and includes topics such as legal and ethical principles in health, professional practice and clinical mentoring.

Students will undertake clinical placements with the Queensland Ambulance Service throughout the program to experience practical "hands-on" experience in the role of a paramedic.

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Inbound Medical Electives

University of Queensland School of Medicine - Inbound Medical Electives

Queensland Health (the government body that administers the public hospital system in Queensland) introduced a deed of access in Jan 2006. UQ has signed the deed of access with Queensland Health and this is the current legal process for all medical elective applications.

Students should not contact the hospitals or their employees direct. Do not contact doctors or other professionals as this seriously inconveniences staff and will not assist in processing your application. There is no guarantee that your application will be directed to the correct person and our policy is to process applications on receipt of documentation. All students are to apply direct to the School of Medicine.

The School of Medicine is authorised to process medical electives up to and including Rockhampton. Any medical electives north of Rockhampton will be administered by James Cook University. Information regarding these placements can be found on the JCU website

Applications will not be accepted more than 8 months in advance or less than 4 months prior to the placement. This is due to us waiting for confirmation of local student numbers and due to limited places. If applications are received less than 6 months prior to commencement the students likelihood of being placed is reduced dramatically. Applications for placements in the current year close in May, and applications for placements in the following year open in August.

There are limited placements available over the Christmas holiday period (December - January) with Emergency Medicine the only discipline available to take students in the Brisbane district. Placements are also limited in General Surgery, Paediatrics, Neurology, and Gastroenterology. General Surgery placements are not available in central Brisbane hospitals, please list specific specialties for your surgical preferences. Placements may be available in some Northside hospitals.


In 2010, UQ MBBS students completed 493 international clinical placements in 52 countries. This could not have been achieved without the global friendships developed by staff and students over a long period of time. In return for international organisations accepting our students, UQ School of Medicine (in collaboration with Queensland Health) assists international students to experience medical training in Queensland by placing them in a discipline of their choice.

Research Higher Degrees

University of Queensland School of Medicine - Research Higher Degrees

Quality, innovative research is a major component of the UQ School of Medicine's commitment to world-class education and health outcomes. The School of Medicine offers the postgraduate research degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil).

The School currently enrols 390 PhD and MPhil candidates, drawn from a diverse range of disciplines including Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Psychology, Dietetics, the Therapies, Education, Biotechnology, Nursing, Engineering, Information Technology, Arts and Law.

Postgraduate Coursework Programs

University of Queensland School of Medicine - Postgraduate Coursework Programs

Graduate Certificate, Diploma and Master of e-Healthcare

UQ Centre for Online Health (COH) offers graduate programs suitable for health and IT professionals.

Master of Medicine General Practice

The Master of Medicine (General Practice) identifies key areas for advanced skilling in primary care, and provides students with practical knowledge and skills

Graduate Certificate or Master of Mental Health

Grad Cert or Master of Mental Health in Art Therapy, Community Mental Health, Family Therapy and Psychotherapy

Graduate Certificate in Echocardiography (Critical Care)

A new program designed to integrate training in the theoretical and practical aspects of echocardiography

Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer)

The purpose of this degree is to improve the outcomes for patients with skin cancer by improving the management of skin cancer.

Prizes & Scholarships

The School of Medicine has a long and esteemed tradition of bequests and donations.

Historically, patrons have had the option to allocate a sum of money to a particular fund within the School of Medicine.

Prizes and Scholarships usually have strict conditions attached to them. These conditions can specify that prizes and scholarships are awarded only to a certain student cohort or discipline. The Prizes and scholarships are usually reserved for high achievers and outstanding students but there are various conditions for each prize. Please read each award carefully to ensure that one is eligible to apply for that particular award.

If you are a student, staff member or know of somebody that is currently studying medicine who you thinks needs to be awarded for the excellence shown towards their studies. Please browse the website to see what prizes and scholarships are on offer.

The prizes and scholarships for the School of Medicine are administered by Student and Academic Support, if you require further information on a particular award that is mentioned here please contact us.

Medical Leadership Program (MLP)

University of Queensland School of Medicine - Medical Leadership Program (MLP)

The UQ School of Medicine has partnered with the UQ Business School, and in 2010 launched the Medical Leadership Program. This innovative, first of its kind program in Australia is designed to prepare UQ medical graduates to become future leaders in their chosen medical fields. Those students who successfully complete the 4 courses will obtain a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership to complement their MBBS degree. There are 3 primary components to the MLP: Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership; Seminar Series; & MLP Discussions.

Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership Outline*

In order to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership, participating students will be required to: attend the MLP Orientation Program; attend all lectures; and successfully complete all assigned coursework, including your course 4 project.

*Students in the Ochsner cohort will complete these courses in a different order.

Seminar Series

Each student will be required to attend at least 60% of the MLP Seminar Series for each year they are enrolled in the program. Each Seminar will be a very interactive, tutorial type session which will last approximately 2 hours. During each Seminar, students will interact directly with leaders from a variety of industries. These leaders will not only help students expand their professional network, but will provide them with some unique insight and information from someone currently in a leadership position. The number of seminars will vary each year.

MLP Discussions

During these discussions, Professor David Wilkinson, Dean & Head of School of Medicine, and Dr Jenny Schafer, Head of the MBBS Program, will lead a discussion with all of the MLP participants in bringing all concepts from the other 2 components of the MLP into a group learning environment. Students will be provided these dates as they are selected.

Program costs

In 2013, the UQ School of Medicine is offering 10 full scholarships for this program. Applicants who receive these 10 scholarships will have all of their tuition fees covered for all 4 Courses of this Program. The value of each scholarship is $18,925.

Further Information

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