In Year 4, students will undertake a range of clinical placements across two semesters.

Women’s and Children’s Health Semester

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (6 weeks)
  • Paediatrics (6 weeks)
  • Elective (6 weeks)

Advanced Hospital Semester

  • Medical Specialties (6 weeks)
  • Surgical Specialties (5 weeks)
    • Ophthalmology (2 weeks)
    • Orthopaedics (3 weeks)
  • Critical Care (7 weeks)
    • Anaesthetics (2 weeks)
    • ICU (2 weeks)
    • Emergency (3 weeks)

Students will be allocated to a Clinical Unit for the duration of the Academic Year, and will undertake most of their Clinical Placements in the teaching sites associated with that Clinical Unit.  Depending on the course students will be required to complete some of their Clinical Placements at other Clinical Locations (e.g. Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology).

Students should read this information in conjunction with the Allocation Guidelines, Year 4 Offerings and Timeline.

Students will have the opportunity to nominate their preference (rank order) for allocation to a Clinical Unit.  

Clinical Units

Bundaberg Clinical Unit ^

Greenslopes Clinical Unit

Hervey Bay Clinical Unit ^

Ipswich Clinical Unit

Mater Clinical Unit

Northside Clinical Unit (The Prince Charles Hospital)

PA-Southside Clinical Unit

Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit

Rockhampton Clinical Unit ^

Toowoomba Clinical Unit ^

^ international students will not be allocated to a Rural Clinical School site. To facilitate this, students must preference these Clinical Units last.  

Students will also have the opportunity to nominate their preference (rank order) for allocation of the Personalised Learning Course (PLC) block.

Block 1

Semester 1

Block 2

Semester 1

Block 3

Semester 1

Block 4

Semester 2

Block 5

Semester 2

Block 6

Semester 2

Year 4 Preferencing Demand Data 2020

Please be aware that these reports are only reliable at the time of production, and will become increasingly irrelevant over time. Student preferences (new and changed) will be received throughout the preferencing period. 


2020 Preferencing Dates

2020 Year 4 Elective


Non-UQ Applications Close (12 weeks prior to Block)

Preferencing Opens

(8 weeks prior to Block)

Preferencing Closes

(7 weeks prior to Block)

Block 1

12pm Mon 28 Oct 2019

12pm Mon 18 Nov 2019

12pm Mon 25 Nov 2019

Block 2

12pm Mon 09 Dec 2019

12pm Wed 6 Jan 2020

12pm Wed 13 Jan 2020

Block 3

12pm Mon 27 January 2020

12pm Mon 24 Feb 2020

12pm Mon 02 Mar 2020

Block 4

12pm Mon 6 Apr 2020

12pm Tues 05 May 2020

12pm Tue 12 May 2020

Block 5

12pm Mon 18 May 2020

12pm Mon 15 Jun 2020

12pm Mon 22 Jun 2020

Block 6

12pm Mon 06 Jul 2020

12pm Mon 03 Aug 2020

12pm Mon 10 Aug 2020

2020 Year 4 Medical Specialties


Preferencing Opens

(10 weeks prior to Block)

Preferencing Closes

(9 weeks prior to Block)

Block 1

12pm Mon 4 Nov 2019

12pm Mon 11 Nov 2019

Block 2

12pm Mon 09 Dec 2019

12pm Mon 16 Dec 2019

Block 3

12pm Mon10 Feb 2020

12pm Mon 17 Feb 2020

Block 4

12pm Mon 20 Apr 2020

12pm Mon 27 Apr 2020

Block 5

12pm Mon 01 June 2020

12pm Mon 8 Jun 2020

Block 6

12pm Mon 20 Jul 2020

12pm Mon 27 Jul 2020

*NOTE: International students who would like to apply to undertake an away placement in Medical Specialties must lodge their application no later than 12 weeks prior to each block.  Further details can be found here under ‘Away Placements’.


More information: 

2020 Year 4 Allocation Presentation
Placements Management System

    Rural Clinical School Allocations

    If you are allocated to a Rural Clinical School (RCS), you will be challenged to go further and do more. You will gain a greater depth and breadth of experience and benefit from hands-on, face-to-face, up-close-andpersonal experience. You will get to live and work in a vibrant rural community and experience the many attractions the place and its people have to offer. Find more information here.

    International Student Placements at Rockhampton

    There may be limited availability for International Onshore Students to be allocated to the Rockhampton Clinical Unit in Years 3 and 4.  International Onshore Students wishing to apply for this opportunity will be required to submit a written application.    

    Further information about this opportunity can be found here.

    Applications for 2020 have now closed.

    Special Consideration

    Students should read this information in conjunction with the Allocations Guidelines and Timeline.

    Students may have a circumstance that will impact on their ability to undertake placements at a specific site or semester order. This is known as Special Consideration, and allows the student to apply to be assigned to a placement through a process that is separate to the usual method of Phase 2 placement allocation. The Special Consideration process will open prior to the start of allocation preferencing.

    All applications for Special Consideration must be supported by evidence, will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and will be made at the sole discretion of the Faculty. While the Faculty will make every attempt to cater to a special consideration application, approval cannot be guaranteed. If approved for special consideration, students must still submit their preferences in Placements.

    The following will be considered grounds for Special Consideration:

    • Have a medical condition requiring specialised treatment or care that is only available at a designated location. Students must provide evidence (for example, a medical certificate) to support their application.
    • Have a medical condition which amounts to a temporary disability, and cannot be properly supported at a specific Clinical Unit.
    • Have an approved UQ Student Access Plan (SAP) that will impact on their ability to undertake one or more placements.  Students should indicate that they have such a current SAP in place.  This will be confirmed by the Course Coordinator(s).  No personal details or information will be disclosed or requested.
    • Be recognised under PPL 3.50.07 Programs and Assessment for Elite Athletes.
    • Have principal/primary carer responsibilities.
    • Be undertaking a Research Higher Degree at UQ in accordance with the program rules relating to concurrent enrolment in a Research Higher Degree.
    • Have evidence supporting approval of, or application for, an away placement during a defined clinical placement block^.  Special consideration allows for allocation to a specific placement block, academic approval must still be sought.
    • Have been approved, have applied, or expect to apply to undertake an international medical licensing examination.

    ^ Remember, students still must apply and receive academic approval to undertake an away placement. Being approved special consideration does not constitute academic approval.

    The following will not be considered grounds for Special Consideration:

    • Private accommodation and/or transportation arrangements;
    • Financial considerations (including current employment and/or business arrangements);
    • Location of partner or family (except where special consideration has been approved due to carer responsibilities)
    • Family celebrations and/or social events (for example, weddings and birthdays);
    • Religious grounds

    2020 Special Consideration applications open: Midday Tuesday 7 May 2019

    2020 Special Consideration applications close: Midday Monday 3 June 2019


    Allocation Swaps

    Students are able to submit one request to swap their allocated pathway, by emailing during the allocated swap period (12pm Monday 29 July – 12pm Friday 9 August 2019).

    It is important to note that students are responsible for finding their own swaps and the Faculty will not be facilitating this process.

    Students are required to swap their entire allocation for the year and are NOT able to swap part of their pathway and/or individual placements within the year. 

    Before submitting a request to swap, students should ensure that they have read the relevant section in the Allocation Guidelines.

    Students should email with the name and student ID of both students involved in the swap. The email should be sent by one of the students only and both students will be advised once the swap has been processed.

    Reallocation of Placements - Year 4 (Ochsner and Onshore)

    The Faculty recognises that circumstances exist for some students that results in them wishing to spend more time in Australia (for Ochsner students) or in Ochsner (for Onshore students) during Year 4. As a result of the feedback received, the Faculty has developed new guidelines that will facilitate this process. The eligibility criteria and application process are outlined in these Guidelines. 

    It is important to note that the Guidelines are applicable to Year 4 only.

    If you have any queries related to the guidelines, please do not hesitate to contact the Placements Team (

    Medical Specialties

    After the release of finalised allocations, students will have the opportunity to nominate their preferences for Medical Speciality sub-disciplines that are available within their allocated Clinical Unit.This preferencing will occur 10-weeks prior to their clinical placement block.

    A summary of the medical specialities avaialble in 2020 can be found here.  Please note this is a guide and is subject to change due to operational requirements.  

    Elective (Personalised Learning Course)

    UQ Clinical Unit Placements

    Eight weeks prior to each Elective block, students will have an opportunity to preference from the Elective placements offered by UQ Clinical Sites. Students can undertake an Elective placement at any UQ Clinical Unit, regardless of their clinical unit allocation. You can find a list of the 2019 UQ Elective placements here (noting that not all placements will be available in each of the six blocks).

    Students are not permitted to contact clinicians at UQ Clinical Units directly regarding clinically based elective opportunities.

    Elective opportunities at UQ clinical sites must be taken in their entirety and cannot be split with a self-arranged placement.

    External Placements

    Students are also able to undertake a self-arranged Elective placement somewhere other than a UQ Clinical Site. Students will need to apply no later than 12 weeks prior to the commencement of their Elective placement. These timeframes are in place to allow the Faculty sufficient time to obtain the appropriate approvals (e.g. Student Placement Agreement (SPA), academic approval etc).

    Getting an SPA signed can be a lengthy process and in some cases, placements may not be able to go ahead, if the placement provider is unable to sign an SPA. In the event that an SPA cannot be secured for a placement, students will be allocated an Elective placement at a UQ Clinical site. Students are advised NOT to make any travel arrangements until the final approval has been granted.

    How to Apply
    Applications are submitted via the Self-placement submission link on your Placements page. Please note, this requires you to include a 200 word statement around the goals of your proposed placement, and  attach confirmation from your proposed supervisor.
    Following the due date for each block, the course coordinator will assess all applications for approval and students will be advised accordingly. Application due dates can be found on the Year 4 Preferencing and Allocations page, under the tab 'Preferencing'.

    Note: Self-arranged Elective placements can be split between 2 external providers, but cannot be split to include part of a UQ Elective placement.

    International Partnership Opportunities

    Medical University of Graz, Austria

    4 week placements are available in Paediatric Medicine, offered twice a year in February and July. If you are interested in applying for an elective, please see the below documentation. Enquiries can be sent directly to Graz -

    Graz Paediatrics
    Graz Immunisation requirements
    Application Form

    Lund University, Sweden

    Lund University offer electives in 4 week blocks, commencing on the first Monday of each month. Lund require the home university to nominate students wishing to apply for electives. There are 2 nomination periods each year, in mid-April and mid-September.
    Students will need to contact the placements team during the advertised nomination period to express their interest, then submit their applications to Lund during the advertised application period.

    Note: Lund require students to arrive one week early to repeat a MRSA screening.

    The nomination period for semester 1 is now open until October 1 2019. Please contact the placements team before 1 October if you intend to apply.
    Following the nomination period, students will submit their applications online, during 2 set periods:
    Apply between Oct 1–15 for placements in semester 1 (Lund Spring semester)
    Apply between April 1–15 for placements in semester 2 (Lund Autumn semester)

    Incoming Exchange Application Guide

    Application requirements:

    • Letter of Motivation
    • Official transcript of records
    • Certified copy of passport

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

    CUHK accept 2 students for electives each academic year, with applications required at least 6 months in advance.

    Note that these placements are self-funded, however students may be eligible for funding from OS-HELP Loan. There is no language requirement as the medium of instruction is English.

    Expressions of interest should be sent from your UQ email account to The email should include your name and student number, elective block number, which university you are interested in, and 3 discipline preferences. Should more than 2 students apply, a ballot will be held to determine the successful students.

    Jikei University of Japan

    Jikei accept 2 students for electives each academic year. Note that places have been filled for 2020.

    Note that these placements are self-funded, however students may be eligible for funding from OS-HELP Loan. There is no language requirement as the medium of instruction is English.

    Expressions of interest should be sent from your UQ email account to The email should include your name and student number, elective block number, which university you are interested in, and 3 discipline preferences. Should more than 2 students apply, a ballot will be held to determine the successful students.

    Seoul National University College of Medicine

    SNU accept elective applications no later than 3 months prior to commencement. Please contact the placements team prior to submitting your application. As their elective period commences on the first Monday of each month, placement dates will be negotiated with the SNU electives office on your behalf.

    Suggested Locations

    Below is a summary of sites nationally and internationally where students have been successful in arranging their own placement. Note that this information is provided as a guide only, students will need to make their own arrangements and go through the above application and approval process.

    Institution Country
    Kavieng Hospital Papua New Guinea
    Blantyre Hospital Malawi
    Fiji National University School of Medicine Fiji
    Sanglah Hospital (Bali) Indonesia
    Lira Regional Refferal Hospital Uganda
    Calvary Public Hospital (Canberra) Australia
    Cooloola Coast Clinic (Tin Can Bay) Australia
    Byron Central Hospital (Byron Bay) Australia
    Equilibrium Medicine, New Farm (Brisbane) Australia
    Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital Ghana
    University College Hospital London United Kingdom
    Calvary Hospital (Canberra) Australia
    Alfred Health (Melbourne) Australia
    Pinnacle Medical Centre Canada
    Dunedin Public Hospital New Zealand
    St George's Hospital London United Kingdom
    Geelong Anaesthetic Group (Geelong) Australia
    The Hawaiian Mission USA
    Sydney Sexual Health Centre (Sydney) Australia
    Ipswich Road Medical Centre (Brisbane) Australia
    Brooklyn Minds (Brooklyn NY) USA
    Aries Medical Centre Canada
    Homerton University Hospital United Kingdom
    Chris O'Brien Lifehouse (Sydney) Australia
    Trinity College Dublin Ireland
    King's College London United Kingdom
    Total Health Care (Yeppoon) Australia
    Foundry - Abbotsford Youth Health Centre Canada
    Ochre Health Medical Centre (Noosa) Australia
    Oslo University Hospital Norway
    Larkin Community Hospital (Flordia) USA

    ​Applications for placement at any Gold Coast Health Service facility, or Sunshine Coast University Hospital must be coordinated through the Placements team. Students are not to contact individual clinicians to arrange/request clinical placement. 
    Please direct all enquiries to the placements team -

    Overarching Agreements

    Students can also find a list of sites which the Faculty has current agreements with here (under 'Locations'). If you are able to secure a placement at one of these sites, your placement is more likely to be approved, as we will not need to negotiate a new Student Placement Agreement (SPA). However students must follow the standard application process as outlined above, and placements will still be subject to academic approval.


    UQ students are covered for Travel insurance while undertaking placements at non-UQ locations. To be eligible for automatic cover under UQ’s travel insurance policy, all international travel must be registered through International SOS  (this occurs automatically when bookings are made via Campus Travel, but must be done by the traveller when booking through other means). This is not required for domestic travel.

    If you intend to travel to a country that is considered to be of high risk to Australian travellers, then you will need formal approval from the University to go there. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) groups countries by perceived risk, and travel to DFAT category 4 countries (do not travel) will generally not be allowed. Travel to DFAT 3 countries (reconsider your need to travel) will require formal approval, and this can take many weeks to obtain, so please consider this in your planning. Generally, we are more likely to allow travel to DFAT 3 countries where you have family there (and intend to stay with them), you know the language and customs etc.

    If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Placements Team (


    Australian students who receive Centrelink payments and are planning to complete a placement outside of Australia must comply with Centerlink's requirements or they could be at risk of having their payments ceased while overseas.  Students should contact Centrelink directly for further advice. 

    If Centrelink request a statement from your education institution, please email the Placements team ( to request a Centrelink Letter. 

    Placements System - Student Handbook

    Each year, students will have the opportunity to submit their preferences for allocations. Information on how to preference in the Placements system can be found in the Placements System - Student Handbook 

    Placements is a University wide system for managing your program related placement activities. Placements will allow students to manage and view all placement related tasks and schedules in one location. 

    Students will lodge their preferences via the “to do” list that will display on their home screen. There will be a separate page for each preference type relevant to each year. For example, Clinical Unit and Elective Block for Year 4.

    Year 4 - one page will display Clinical Units and another will display elective blocks.  Students will be able to rank order their preferences by dragging up/down or using the arrow buttons.

    Click here to access Placements

    Ochsner Clinical School Placements

    Each year domestic and international onshore students in year 4 have the opportunity to apply for placements at the Ochsner Clinical School through a pre-approved selection process. These placements cannot be split, and must be taken in their entirety. Students can ONLY apply for blocks that correlate with their allocated placement pathway. Available placements include:

      Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4 Block 5 Block 6
    Medical Specialties or Elective (unspecified)


    14 16 8 9 2
    ED/Ortho 6 2 5 1 5 3
    ED Elective 2 2 2 0 0 0
    Anaes/ICU/Ophthal 4 3 1 0 0 0
    Anaesthesia Elective 1 1 0 0 0 0
    Hospital Medicine Elective 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Total Per Block 25 23 25 10 15 6

    Please note: The sub-specialties are not yet available for Medical Specialties or Elective (unspecified), but will consist of sub-specialties such as Cardiology, Infectious Disease, Endocrine, etc. If you are successful in gaining one of these places, you will be contacted at a later date by Ochsner with a list of available specialties. If you would like to complete your elective in either ED, Anaesthesia or Hospital Medicine, you should apply for these under their specific name and not the general Medical Specialites or Elective (unspecified).

    It is important to note that priority will be given to students who:

    • Are committed to practising medicine in the United States or Canada (e.g. have been approved, have applied, or expect to apply to undertake medical licensing examinations), or
    • Have applied to undertake their elective placement at the OCS.

    Applications Open:          9 September 2019

    Applications Close:          13 September 2019

    Pre-Approved Away Placements at Ochsner Apply HERE

    • Students applying due to their desire and commitment to practise medicine in North America (see 1 above) are required to supply supporting documentation.
    • Undertaking a Placement at the OCS is not an Away Clinical Placement, and therefore does not contribute to the allowable number of Away Clinical Placements.
    • Students undertaking a Placement at the OCS are responsible for all associated costs. 

    If you have any questions please contact


    Queens University, Canada

    In Year 4, all students will have the opportunity to undertake their Emergency/Orthopaedics (ED/ORTHO) placement at Queen’s University, Canada. Currently, we have one pre-approved ED/ORTHO placement for each of the six placement blocks in Year 4. The Faculty is committed to developing additional opportunities, but at present, Queen’s is the only definite one that is available.


    • Students must be able to demonstrate an intention to practice medicine in North America.
    • The usual away placement restrictions will apply, including satisfactory GPA level.
    • Students can ONLY apply for blocks that correlate with their allocated placement pathway.

    Where there is more than one eligible applicant, the successful student will be determined at random.

    Applications Open:          9 September 2019

    Applications Close:          13 September 2019

    To apply, email -

    Students undertaking a Placement at the Queens University, Canada are responsible for all associated costs

    If you have any questions please contact