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Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 6 years full-time

SATAC Code 314552

CRICOS 002799F

Study medicine at the University of Adelaide and get hands-on, practical experience. Our graduates are highly skilled, and well equipped to meet today’s medical challenges. We focus on case-based learning and group work. Students work in small groups in a carefully planned series of patient-centred problems, designed to highlight the many principles and issues in health and disease. Early patient contact and clinical training equips students with high skill levels and medical knowledge. The curriculum has been developed to capture the enthusiasm and maturity of our new students and help them develop into highly-skilled medical graduates, capable of succeeding in the numerous career options open to them worldwide.


The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) provides students with lifelong learning pathways through rewarding, challenging and engaging coursework and the chance to work in an industry that makes a difference in improving human health, wellbeing and lives.

  • Entry Requirements

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    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 314552
    2016 CSP ATAR 90
    Mid-year entry? No
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    To be considered as a secondary school leaver, applicants cannot have a tertiary academic record of study from a University, i.e. never enrolled in to a Bachelor degree or higher level program at an Australian or overseas University.

    • never have enrolled for a Bachelor degree or higher level program at an Australian or overseas university; or
    • enrolled for a Bachelor degree or higher level program at an Australian or overseas university but has withdrawn from these studies before a result of 'Withdraw Not Fail' has been awarded.

    For full details of Tertiary Entrance Rules under the SACE/NTCE refer to the 'Tertiary Entrance Booklet 2017, 2018, 2019' published by SATAC (available at their website www.satac.edu.au from July 2016 onwards).

    Academic Score (ATAR) To meet the minimum academic threshold for entry into the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree at the University of Adelaide you must achieve an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 90 or above, an International Baccalaureate score of 31 or above or the interstate/ overseas equivalent). The minimum ATAR to be eligible for entry is 90 but usually a significantly higher ATAR is required due to the competiveness of applicants.

    Bonus Points: Bonus points for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree are available for school-leaver applicants who attended a school classified as an equity school in the year they achieved their ATAR, hold a School Card and /or Health Care Card, or who receives (or whose parents receive) a Centrelink means-tested income support payment. Please note: the MBBS degree does not consider subject bonus points. For more information go to www.adelaide.edu.au/study/ high-school/getting-in/bonus.

    Please refer to Additional entry requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the MBBS program.

    Prerequisites
    SACE Stage 2: Biology or Chemistry or Mathematical Studies; IB: Biology (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) or Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) or Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3); OR equivalent (i.e. 1st year Human Biology as part of the Bachelor of Health Sciences program). All applicants must have successfully completed the prerequisite subjects or equivalent. Subject prerequisites are applicable to all MBBS entry pathways. International applicants applying with Australian year 12 results must also refer to the Additional Entry Requirements and Application information as detailed for international applicants in the Admission and Fee information section. To apply please go to the Domestic applicant 'How to Apply' section this page.
    Assumed Knowledge
    A necessary precursor for success in the MBBS degree is a high proficiency in the written and oral use of the English language.

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      If you wish to be considered as a Tertiary Transfer (Higher Education) applicant: - your only record of study must be from the University of Adelaide. You must not have a tertiary record from any other Australian or overseas University - it must be a minimum of one year full-time equivalent study and maximum of two years full-time equivalent study. To meet the minimum academic threshold as a Tertiary Transfer applicant: - First year students must have between 18 and 24 units of level 1 study and have achieved at least a credit average (Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or more) across all subjects - Second year students must have between 27 and 48 units of level 1 and 2 study and have achieved at least a credit average (GPA of 5.0 or more) across all subjects - Third year students (having studied one or more level 3 subjects) are not eligible for entry into the MBBS program at the University of Adelaide and should consider graduate medicine pathways. Calculating your GPA Tertiary Transfer applicants must also meet the prerequisite subject requirements (refer above). If you are a Tertiary Transfer applicant and wish to be considered for entry under the Rural Background Entry pathway, visit the Faculty website for additional information. Please refer to Additional entry requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the MBBS program.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017 and you must never have been enrolled in a course leading to a higher education level award. If you meet these criteria, you will be eligible to compete using your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). You must attain a STAT score within the top decile. Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Special Entry applicants must also meet the prerequisite subject requirements (refer above). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. Refer to Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Please refer to Additional entry requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the MBBS program.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Credit Estimator
      The Credit Estimator is an application that provides information about the possible credit you may receive at the University of Adelaide based on your prior learning.
    • TAFE/VET Credit Pathway
    • Other Entry Pathways
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All applicants are advised to read the 2017 Admissions Guide before applying for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program for Semester 1 2017. Failure to read this document will not be grounds for special consideration. The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 2017 Admissions Guide details important information regarding the additional entry requirements for applications to the degree at the University of Adelaide. Merit Ranking Process: Applicants will be ranked for an offer based on a combination of scores from these three components weighted as follows: - UMAT Results: 20% - Interview Results: 40% - Academic Results: 40%
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314552
    SATAC code: 314552 - Non-bonded Medical Place SATAC code: 314553 - Bonded Medical Place SATAC application dates Application - Apply via SATAC now! There are two distinct parts to the application process: 1. UMAT: all applicants must apply to sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT). 2. SATAC application to the MBBS program which must be lodged by 30 September 2016. Late applications to the MBBS program will not be considered. Important change: From 2016 onwards, domestic applicants MUST state their preferred Commonwealth Supported Place types at the time of application to SATAC. It is an applicant's responsibility to be informed about the nature of and eligibility requirements of the two different Commonwealth Supported Place types. There are two different types of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) availabgle in the Bachelor of Medicine and bachelor of Surgery degree for domestic students (only). 314552 - NON-BONDED MEDICAL PLACE These places have no return of service obligations after graduation 314553 - BONDED MEDICAL PLACE (BMP) Students accepting these places undertake to work in an area of workforce shortage after completing their professional training. Applicants who have listed Medicine (MBBS) among their preferences will be asked to enter their UMAT identification number during the online application process. Applications will not be considered complete without a valid UMAT identification number entered prior to the closing date. Rural entry pathway applicants are required to sign and submit a statutory declaration as the only acceptable proof of rural background. All applicants are advised to read the 2017 Admissions Guide before applying for the Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program for Semester 1, 2017. Failure to read this document will not be grounds for special consideration.

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    IB 31
    IELTS Overall 7 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? No
    CRICOS 002799F
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Prerequisites
    One of Chemistry or Mathematics or Biology All applicants must have successfully completed the prerequisite subjects.
    Assumed Knowledge
    A necessary precursor for success in the MBBS degree is a high proficiency in the written and oral use of the English language.
    Equivalent Scores
    IB 31
    IELTS
    Overall
    Reading
    Listening
    Speaking
    Writing
    7
    7
    7
    7
    7
    A-Level 12
    UEC [Malaysia] 5
    SAT [US] 2010
    ISC & CBSE [India] 90%
    ISBE [India] [1] 95%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 85
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 412
    Bradford Foundation Program 83
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply
    The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 2017 Admissions Guide details important information regarding the additional entry requirements for applications to the degree at the University of Adelaide. All applicants are advised to read the 2017 Admissions Guide before applying for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program for Semester 1 2017, failure to read this document will not be grounds for special consideration.

    Application Process:
    1. All international applicants must submit a formal Application online via the University's International website.
    2. The online application will also serve as the registration to sit the PQA, and students will be prompted to select the relevant PQA test venue on the application system.
    3. Applicants must submit their application and payments prior to the 30 June 2016. Applicants who have not yet completed their current qualification will still be required to apply by this date. Closing dates are strictly adhered to and late submissions will not be accepted.
    4. In addition to this application, please note than any student studying for an Australian Year 12 qualifications or for the IB in Australia must also apply directly to SATAC before SATAC's September closing date.

    Important information for International students who obtain Australian Permanent Residency (or some other immigration status that entitles you to the educational benefits of Permanent Residency) is also contained in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 2017 Admissions Guide.

    Due to the highly integrated curriculum in the MBBS program, at the University of Adelaide, applicants are not eligible to apply for entry into the later years of the program or able to apply for advanced standing. Applicants will not receive any recognition for prior learning.

    Ranking:
    Applicants will be ranked in consideration for an offer based on their performance in the three components of the admissions process:
    > Interview Results: First Ranking Level
    > PQA Results: Second Ranking Level
    > Academic Results: Meets threshold and Final Ranking Level (to separate applicants with equal summed Interview and PQA scores).
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $73,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    After graduation, and before being admitted to full registration as a medical practitioner in Australia, a graduate must complete at least 12 months as an intern in an approved hospital. Further information regarding internship allocations can be found on the SA Institute of Medical Education and Training website. After successfully completing the internship and obtaining full registration to practice, graduates make a career decision about entering a vocational training program offered by a professional college. 

    There are a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates may work in areas such as general practice, surgery, medicine or public health. They may work in rural Australia or as a university clinical academic. They may combine clinical practice with research and education. Medical practitioners work in a variety of areas, including the community, public hospitals, private practice, public health, academia, teaching, clinical research, aid organisations and the defence forces. The full, wide range of medical career paths and options become apparent as students progress through the program.

    New Zealand citizens applying to the MBBS program intending to practice in Australia after graduation must be aware of criteria for obtaining a Medicare Provider Number. Learn more

    International applicants please note that successful completion of this program may not qualify you to practice/register you in your home country. You will have to contact the relevant health registration bodies of your home country for further information. 

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this undergraduate program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Professional Accreditation

    The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) is accredited by the Medical Board of Australia. MBBS graduates are required to register with through the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

    Potential careers

    Doctor / Medical Practitioner, Surgeon, Medical Research

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    The MBBS degree consists of three major streams reflecting the core elements of medical practice:

    • Scientific basis of medicine
    • Clinical practice
    • Medical professional and personal development.
    A major emphasis is placed on professionalism, communication, clinical reasoning, and evidence-based and preventive medicine. Case-based, small-group learning (CBL) is the dominant learning mode during the early years of the curriculum. Learning is structured around clinical cases of the most common and important diseases. Lectures in medical disciplines such as pathology, anatomy, physiology and pharmacology are carefully staged throughout the CBL cases.


    In first-year, students will also undertake two semesters of Fundamentals of Biomedical Science, a course specifically designed for medical students. The Clinical Skills and Medical Professional and Personal Development courses begin in week one and assist students in acquiring the skills required for effective clinical practice.

    The Clinical Practice tutorials in years one and two are led by senior clinicians in a state-of-the art clinical skills facility. In third year, clinical skills training is conducted primarily in the public teaching hospitals. Students will then bring this core learning to their clinical placements in years four to six. These placements will be held in a wide range of organisations, including public teaching hospitals and the broader medical and health community. There are some clinical placements that all students must take, but there are also opportunities for students to choose from a range of electives. Some students will be able to undertake fifth-year in a rural setting. Year six is focussed on what students need to know for their internship. The major clinical examinations are completed at the end of year five and, with the pressure of exams reduced, students can focus on their clinical practice and professional development.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan


    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 MEDIC ST 1000A/B First Year Examination
    MEDIC ST 1101A/B Scientific Basis of Medicine I
    MEDIC ST 1102A/B Clinical Skills I
    MEDIC ST 1103A/B Medical Professional & Personal Development I
    BIOLOGY 1301 Fundamentals of Biomedical Science A
    BIOLOGY 1302 Fundamentals of Biomedical Science B
    Year 2 MEDIC ST 2000A/B Second Year Examination
    MEDIC ST 2101A/B Scientific Basis of Medicine II
    MEDIC ST 2102AHO/BHO Clinical Skills II
    MEDIC ST 2103A/B Medical Professional & Personal Development II
    MICRO 2506 Medical Microbiology and Immunology II
    Year 3 MEDIC ST 3000A/B Third Year Examination
    MEDIC ST 3101A/B Scientific Basis of Medicine III
    MEDIC ST 3102A/B Clinical Skills III
    MEDIC ST 3103A/B Medical Professional & Personal Development III
    MEDIC ST 3104A/B Research and Clinical Reasoning
    Year 4 MEDIC ST 4000A/B Fourth Year Examination
    MEDIC ST 4013AHO/BHO Medical & Scientific Attachment I
    MEDIC ST 4014AHO/BHO Medical & Scientific Attachment II
    MEDIC ST 4015AHO/BHO Medical Home Unit
    MEDIC ST 4016AHO/BHO Surgical Home Unit
    MEDIC ST 4017AHO/BHO Psychiatry
    MEDIC ST 4018AHO/BHO Musculoskeletal Medicine
    Year 5 MEDIC ST 5000A/B Fifth Year Examination
    MEDIC ST 5005AHO/BHO Medical & Scientific Attachment III
    MEDIC ST 5006AHO/BHO Medical & Scientific Attachment IV
    MEDIC ST 5007AHO/BHO Medical & Scientific Attachment V
    MEDIC ST 5009AHO/BHO Geriatrics and General Practice
    MEDIC ST 5014AHO/BHO Anaesthesia, Pain Medicine & Intensive Care V
    MEDIC ST 5015AHO/BHO Paediatrics and Child Health
    MEDIC ST 5016AHO/BHO Human Reproductive Health
    Year 6 MEDIC ST 6000 Final Sixth Year Assessment
    MEDIC ST 6015AHO/BHO Medicine Internship and Year 6 Teaching Series VI
    MEDIC ST 6016AHO/BHO Surgery Internship VI
    MEDIC ST 6017AHO/BHO Emergency Department Internship VI
    MEDIC ST 6018AHO/BHO Medicine SCAP VI
    MEDIC ST 6019AHO/BHO Primary Care SCAP VI
    MEDIC ST 6020AHO/BHO Psychiatry SCAP VI
    MEDIC ST 6021AHO/BHO Surgery SCAP VI
    MEDIC ST 6022AHO/BHO Core Skills Program VI



    Electives

    Level II
    Students must undertake elective courses to the value of 3 units. Students will be advised of approved courses at the time of enrolment, but the list of courses may include the following:

    ANAT SC 3105 Limb Dissection
    ANAT SC 3108 Applied Anatomy of Cranial Nerves by Dissection
    ANAT SC 3109 Applied Anatomy of theThorax and Abdomen
    HLTH SC 3500 Evolution and Human Health
    OB&GYNAE 3100 Research Project in Reproductive Health
    PSYCHIAT 3200 Fundamentals of Biological Psychiatry
    PUB HLTH 3122 International Health III
    PUB HLTH 3500EX Rural Public Health III


    In the later years of the program, there are opportunities to take electives in medical disciplines. In Years 4 and 5, students choose from a range of medical and scientific attachments. The Year 6 program offers a semester of three 6-week internships and a semester of four 4-week elective placements in community and ambulatory locations. By the end of Year 6 a student must have completed at least 4 weeks located in a rural environment. However, students may elect to do more than 4 weeks in a rural area.


    Work Based Training / Extra Mural Studies

    Before the end of Level VI of the MBBS program, a student is required to complete a four week extra mural activity in the form of an external elective approved by the Dean of Medicine.

    Assessment

    Each year of the degree has a combination of written and clinical assessments, examinations, and competency based assessments and assignments.
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