The University of Queensland's Rural Access Scheme supports applicants from Australian rural and regional areas by boosting their entry score for a number of undergraduate health programs.

How does it work?

Rural areas of Australia often have restricted or limited access to educational opportunities, resources and health services compared with those available in cities or larger towns. 

To help address these challenges, and if eligible, two adjustment factors will be added onto your entry rank for the following programs:

  • Doctor of Medicine (Provisional Entry)
  • Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelors of Nursing / Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

Learn more about the Rural Access Scheme

Finding accommodation

For students relocating to Brisbane, many accommodation options are available, even before you arrive. Find out more.

What our students say

Rural Access Scheme Student

Isabella Loeskow
Bachelor of Speech Pathology (honours) student

"My move to Brisbane from Bundaberg was difficult at first because I had to move away from my family and my friends and my network in Bundaberg, but I moved into a college at UQ and that was a really great way to be exposed to people in different ways of living straight away. It was a really easy environment to slip into. When I moved to Brisbane I was a little shocked by how many people there were, but once I got over that and realised how much opportunity there is here in Brisbane I really started to find my place.”

Rural Access Scheme

Laura Haddock-Grant
Bachelor of Midwifery student

"The Rural Access Scheme definitely made it more accessible for me to apply to study Midwifery at UQ. I didn't quite get the grades I ideally wanted at high school, so the additional adjustment factors to my entry score made a difference. It made me feel more secure in applying to UQ.”