Why study health and medicine?

A long and healthy life is something we all strive for. The field of health and medical services thrives on passionate and caring people, motivated to improve, extend, and even save lives.

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97.4% ? employed within four months of graduating
Top 10 ? in Australia for overall satisfaction for undergraduate Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy students

About health and medicine

Our ageing population and increasing rate of chronic illness means that we need more health professionals to provide treatment and preventative care.

There’s a wide range of dynamic, exciting professions to choose from. From researchers in labs, to doctors and nurses, pharmacists, radiographers, physiotherapists and more.

Each University of Newcastle degree has a set of entry requirements that you must meet before you can enrol. This includes both academic requirements and skills in English. The entry requirements for each degree offered by the University of Newcastle can be found on the individual degree information page.

Once you have selected the degree you wish to study, applicants should apply online through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When applying through UAC, you can list up to five course preferences.

There are two main intakes each year for undergraduate programs:

  • The major intake period for all undergraduate programs is Semester 1 (usually starts in February/March each year).
  • Some programs are available in Semester 2 (or mid-year which usually starts in late July each year).

Most Australian undergraduate applicants, who are not already studying at the University of Newcastle (either in an enabling or undergraduate degree) apply online through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Applications open through UAC in April each year. See UAC Key Dates. It's a great idea to visit our Getting in pages and see the entry options, tips, and advice that applies to you.

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Stay informed about semester start and finish dates, examination periods, recess dates and much more.

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Health and medicine degrees

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