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University of Queensland - The School of Medicine

About University of Queensland School of Medicine

UQ’s School of Medicine is Australia’s Global Medical School, offering a variety of well organised clinical training opportunities within Australia and internationally. The School of Medicine is ranked highly both nationally and internationally, recognised as one of four world class Medical Schools in Australia and has a yearly intake of 450 students, which includes an international intake of approximately 100 students.

Founded in 1936 and celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the School has a global reputation for excellence and quality in medical research and education. Incorporated within the Faculty of Health Sciences, it provides the majority of medical training places in Queensland and runs one of the most successful Rural Clinical Schools in the country.

Working in partnership with a dedicated community of scholars, clinicians and stakeholders, the School provides award winning medical education in small case-based and problem based learning groups and also offers continuing professional development opportunities for healthcare practitioners. 

Ranked amongst the highest in Australia, and in the top 50-75 worldwide, in “clinical medicine”, the School supports a diversity of research that reflects both the clinical and research specialisation of its staff.

Operations and Partnerships at the Medical School

The School of Medicine is a diverse enterprise operating over multiple sites with Queensland Health and private health service providers as major partners. The School has major sites all around Brisbane, in Brunei and North America, as well as several rural and remote facilities throughout Queensland.

The School has an annual budget of $100 million. It is a substantial operation and as such requires a diverse group of senior professional staff to manage its activities. Geographically the School is organised around 10 Clinical Schools, each led by a senior academic clinician.

Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

Important Announcement: Please be advised that UQ is currently giving serious consideration to introducing a 4 year MD Program to replace the existing 4 year MBBS Program.

MBBS Program

The University of Queensland conducts a four year graduate entry medical program, the Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). The MBBS degree program is known overseas as the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree or Medicinae Baccalaureus/Baccalaureus Chirurgiae (MB BChir, BM BCh, MB BCh, MB ChB).

Working in partnership with a dedicated community of scholars, clinicians and stakeholder groups both domestically and internationally, the School promotes excellence in medical education by providing integrated case-based/PBL training for student doctors and inspirational continuing professional development opportunities for healthcare practitioners.

Designed to produce 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.

The School is conducting a comprehensive review of its MBBS Program, the MBBS Review will be the first wide-ranging analysis of every feature of its education and governance arrangements.


The MBBS program is conducted over various campuses and Clinical Schools.  For Years 1 and 2, the majority of students will be located at the St Lucia campus, while a cohort of 90 students will be allocated to the Ipswich campus. For Years 3 and 4, students are located at various Clinical Schools throughout Queensland, while some may opt to complete a clinical rotation overseas.

Program Objectives
The School’s aim is to provide a medical program which will develop in its graduates a life-long commitment to continuing education with enhanced critical reasoning & communication skills, a highly developed awareness of their ethical and professional responsibilities to individual patients and to the community, skills to cope with the challenges of medicine, both technical and humanistic, and an ability to contribute to the continuing evolution of medical knowledge.

Unique Features of Program

Problem-based learning is a key component of the MBBS Program at UQ. Students work co-operatively in small groups of about 10 with a staff member whose role is that of a facilitator rather than a tutor. Each group examines a carefully planned series of patient-centred problems, each designed to highlight principles and issues in health and disease. Early patient contact and clinical reasoning are incorporated to develop high levels of clinical skills and medical knowledge.

Information received by the University of Queensland website.

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