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Want to stay in the Northern Territory to do your Medical Degree?

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) can be studied in the Northern Territory through the Northern Territory Medical Program (NTMP). Participation in the NTMP is available to Australian citizens and permanent residents as a four year program with Flinders University.

Medical students have been able to complete their final two years of their course in the Northern Territory since 1996. The NTMP was established in 2011 to provide for the entire course to be completed in the Northern Territory with the aims of providing a sustainable and highly qualified medical workforce, appropriately skilled in delivering services to rural and remote communities and meet the health needs of all Territorians. It also aims at increasing the number of Aboriginal doctors in the NT and Australia as well as supporting the Territory’s intention to integrate the entire medical education and training pipeline.

NTMP facility CDU

Northern Territory Medical Program facility, Charles Darwin University, Brinkin

Entry Pathways 

There are two main pathways into the NTMP, either through graduate entry or undergraduate for school leavers in conjunction with Charles Darwin University (CDU). Preference for places in both pathways is given to NT residents or ATSI students however other Australians may apply for consideration if all places are not taken up by the priority groups.

As a graduate you can apply to enter the NTMP after first sitting the Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT). Shortlisted applicants will be subject to an interview. The GAMSAT test is offered in March and September of each year, check the website for when registrations close for each test session.

ATSI graduate applicants can enrol and successfully complete the Flinders University Indigenous Entry Stream (IES) as an alternative to the GAMSAT. Check the IES website for when you need to enrol.

The course is also offered as a six year undergraduate program as a Double Degree with Charles Darwin University's Bachelor of Clinical Science and Flinders University MD providing opportunities for Northern Territory school leavers to study at home. Applicants will need to achieve an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 90 or above  and complete the University Clinical Assessment Test (UCAT), formerly Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT). Registration for UCAT opens in March of each year and closes in early May with exams taking place in late July.

More information for entry pathways and requirements is available in the Flinders University Doctor of Medicine (MD) Domestic Application Guide 2023.

For more information please contact the Prevocational Medical Assurance Services (PMAS)

Phone: (08) 8999 2832

Email Address:

Students in the course have opportunities to gain rural and remote experience with placements in Alice Springs, Katherine, Nhulunbuy and rural Darwin.

The Northern Territory Government has committed to providing funding towards the places in the Flinders University MD course. In return graduates are required to complete a Return of Service Obligation (RoSO) period in the Northern Territory.

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