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Foundation Program for Medicine

The NIC Foundation Program for Medicine (FPM) is designed for students seeking admission to the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine offered at the University of Newcastle. The curriculum introduces students to problem-based learning. This program is not available for Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia. Progression rules apply.

Your direct pathway to the University of Newcastle

High School


1st year @ the University of Newcastle



Year Total 2020 Program Fees (A$)






11 or 7 months


February or June




Students will be required to complete eight modules.

Core Modules (compulsory)

  • FCOM200 Academic Communication Skills I
  • FICS001  Intercultural Studies
  • FINT001  Information Technology
  • FCOM201 Academic Communication Skills II
  • FHBI001  Human Biology
  • FBUS105 Statistics
  • FSCN001 Health Science
  • FBIO001  Biology

Next Level of Study

Entry into year 1 of the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine program. Please note that admission to the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine cannot be guaranteed and is based on the progression rules outlined below.

Admission Requirements for the Foundation Program for Medicine

Please refer to the  Admission requirements page.

In addition to the academic requirements students should note that English language requirements for entry to the FPM are equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5.

Special Requirements

Progression rules to the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine

Places in the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine program are reserved for successful graduates of the NIC FPM who meet the progression rules and are successful in the selection process. No more than 25 students are accepted into the FPM each year. In both 2018 and 2019, 75% of the class were successful in progressing to the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine.

Admission to the University of Newcastle’s Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine program is based on the following :

  • Academic performance in the Foundation Program for Medicine
  • Satisfying the University of Newcastle’s Multiple Skills Assessment (by invitation)
  • Meeting the selection criteria for the Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA) (by invitation)

Students must successfully complete all modules within the FPM and achieve an average mark of 90% in order to be invited to participate in the remaining stages of the selection process. The average mark is calculated from the average of all eight modules attempted in the year and is expressed as a percentage.

Students who are not offered a place in the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine program will be considered for a place in an alternative degree of their choosing (and subject to a quota-ed place availability and achieving the require average mark, where applicable.

Internships in the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine

You should be aware of the following in relation to your offer to study the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine at the University of Newcastle:

  • Intern allocation following graduation: For the latest information on New South Wales’ health intern allocation policy, prospective students should visit An intern allocation to a NSW health network is not guaranteed. International students should ensure that they are able to complete their intern training in their home country if necessary.
  • Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973: Information concerning Section 19AB and how it may impact on your ability to practice medicine in Australia can be found at All enquiries should be directed to:
    Department of Health and Ageing, Workforce Regulation Section
    Fax: +61 2 6289 1352

As the above matters lie beyond the control of NIC and the UON, it is the prospective student’s responsibility to make enquiries and to clarify their own situation.

Residency Status

An applicant who is successful in gaining a place as a fee-paying international student in the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine at the University of Newcastle should be aware that it is a condition of continued enrolment in the program that their visa status at the census date in each semester remains that of an overseas student. Conversion to permanent resident status will result in the student losing their status as a fee-paying international student.

Clinical Placement Information

In order for you to attend clinical placement while at the University of Newcastle, you must meet the following criteria:

  • A signed NSW Health Code of Conduct Agreement for Students Undertaking Clinical Placements
  • A signed NSW Health Student Declaration (to fulfil requirements of the Commission for Children & Young People Act 1998)
  • Meet immunisation requirements
  • Completed NSW Health Form 2 – Tuberculosis (TB) assessment tool
  • Completed NSW Health Form 3 – Student Undertaking/Declaration
  • Undergo a Criminal Record Check and receive a National Police Certificate(NPC) (from NSW or Australian Federal Police)

As an overseas student you are also required to get either:

  • Overseas Police Certificate from all countries of residence(with English translation) or
  • Statutory Declaration stating you do/do not have criminal convictions/pending charges from your home country or any country that you have resided in. If you do have such records, you must provide details, listing the offences, the dates and any court outcomes.

IMPORTANT: The name appearing on the police certificate must exactly match that which is displayed on your student identification card. If they do not match the certificate will not be accepted by the NSW Ministry of Health. If your name changes during the course of your degree you will need to obtain and submit a new NPC.

For more information, including where to get the necessary forms and specific immunisations required, please go to

IELTS Requirements for Registration

At the time of publication, the English language competency for government registration as a practitioner in your chosen health discipline in most states of Australia is an academic IELTS test score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0, or an overall pass in the Occupational English Test (OET) with grades A or B only in each of the four components (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Your IELTS or OET results must be dated no more than 2 years prior to your application for registration.

Faculty of Health Orientation

Students are advised that in addition to the university orientation week, the Faculty of Health will be hosting a one week orientation for international students entering undergraduate health professional programs. The orientation will aim to provide an opportunity for Faculty of Health international students to meet each other, faculty members and school staff, as well as become familiar with the Faculty of Health teaching styles and gain an understanding of the Australian healthcare system prior to commencing their chosen program of study. The orientation will also provide academic assistance in a number of key areas, including English language support.

Study Load Information

Applicants are advised that in order to complete the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine in the five year period, the student study load in years 4 and 5 is higher than a normal full year student study load. Before deciding to apply for this program, the university recommends that potential applicants should take into account their personal circumstances and the impact this increased load may have on their ability to complete the program.

It will be considered that, on accepting a place in the program, the student acknowledges that they are aware of the increased student study load and the associated implications, and accept that it cannot be used, on its own, as a circumstance for special consideration in assessment outcomes. The increased student load will involve completing placements and research type activities. The actual increase in student load will be dependent upon student preferences for the research project of enquiry and their student selected pathway (a special interest area for the student).

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