Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
We empower you to help others
Medicine is intellectually rewarding, challenging and inspiring. It requires critical problem-solving, teamwork and integrity.
Medical practitioners have an interest in wellbeing and the causes of ill health, working to protect and promote the health of individuals and communities. They are dedicated to alleviating pain and suffering, working out of comfort zones to care for vulnerable people.
What will you do?
Our Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery will provide you with the knowledge, confidence and skills needed to excel in healthcare. You will:
- learn from clinicians in the new state-of-the-art Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building
- work in small groups to solve problems relating to health and disease
- gain hands-on practical experience in simulated settings
- undertake clinical placements in hospitals and other health and medical organisations.
Where could it take you?
Adelaide Medical School graduates are respected in the industry for their knowledge and experience. They are in-demand for positions in public hospitals, private practice, public health, teaching, clinical research, aid organisations, the defence forces and more.
You might become a general practitioner in rural Australia, providing vital services for your community. You could be a specialist paediatrician who works with children and their families. Perhaps you’ll pursue research and develop new knowledge about health and treatments.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code www.satac.edu.au 2019 CSP ATAR 90 2019 CSP IB 33 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February Enquiries Future Students team
2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 92.65 Median ATAR to receive an offer 99.35 Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.95 Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer * Median Selection Rank to receive an offer * Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer * Minimum eligibility score 90 Additional criteria considered Additional criteria Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. To be considered as a secondary school leaver, applicants cannot have a tertiary academic record of study from a University, i.e. must never have enrolled in to a Bachelor degree or higher level program at an Australian or overseas University; OR
have enrolled for a Bachelor degree or higher level program at an Australian or overseas university but have withdrawn from these studies before a result of 'Withdraw Not Fail' has been awarded.
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 Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors) of 90 or above, an International Baccalaureate score of 33 or above OR the interstate/ overseas equivalent).
Please note: the MBBS degree does not consider adjustment factors for undertaking particular subjects in year 12.
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 Methods (if Maths subject was studied prior to 2017, the subject required was called 'Mathematical Studies'); OR 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 and Medical Sciences program). Subject prerequisites are applicable to all MBBS entry pathways. 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. Additional Entry RequirementsApplications for 2019 have closed. To apply for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program in 2020 please see below: All applicants are advised to read the Medicine and Surgery Admissions Guide before applying for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program. Failure to read this document will not be grounds for special consideration. The Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 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: - UCAT Results: 20% - Interview Results: 40% - Academic Results: 40% Higher Education Study 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. Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020 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. Other Entry PathwaysApply through SATAC: www.satac.edu.auSATAC codes: 314552 - NON-BONDED MEDICAL PLACE - These places have no return of service obligations after graduation. 314553 - BONDED MEDICAL PLACE - Students accepting these places undertake to work in an area of workforce shortage after completing their professional training. There are separate quotas for each place type and domestic applicants will need to apply under both SATAC codes should they wish to be considered for both place types. SATAC application dates Application - Apply via SATAC now! There are two distinct parts to the application process: 1. UCAT: all applicants must apply to sit the University Clincial Aptitude Test (UCAT). 2. SATAC application to the MBBS program which must be lodged by 30 September 2019. Late applications to the MBBS program will not be considered. Applicants who have listed Medicine (MBBS) among their preferences will be asked to enter their UCAT identification number during the online application process. Applications will not be considered complete without a valid UCAT 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 Medicine and Surgery Admissions Guide before applying for the Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program. Failure to read this document will not be grounds for special consideration.
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019 Number of students Percentage of all students (A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
N/A N/A (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study n/a N/A (C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
N/A N/A (D) Recent secondary education:
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
- Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
- Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
N/A N/A International students 33 19.2% All students 172 100.0%
CRICOS 002799F Intake February
English Language Requirements
Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7 TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27 Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65 C1 Advanced Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185 Additional English Tests accepted Occupational English Test (OET) - A minimum result of B/score of 350 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
Academic Entry Requirements
Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 90 International Baccalaureate (IB) 34 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 22 United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 5 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 12 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 85 British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 6.0 Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 92 ISC & CBSE [India] 90% ISBE [India] 95% SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1410 AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 12 Abitur 2.3 Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 3.5 Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 9.0 STPM or Matrikulasi 3.33 Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 83 The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 83 Eynesbury Foundation Program 412 ANU Foundation Studies 75 Monash Foundation Year 78.5 Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 83 UNSW Foundation Year 8.0 University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 7.6 Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 72 University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 5.5 Non-Go8 Foundation Score 83 SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate) Not accepted Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Biology or Chemistry or Mathematical Methods (if Maths subject was studied prior to 2017, the subject required was called 'Mathematical Studies'); OR 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 and Medical Sciences program). Subject prerequisites are applicable to all MBBS entry pathways. International Qualifications One of Chemistry or Mathematics or Biology. All applicants must have successfully completed the prerequisite subjects. Assumed Knowledge High proficiency in written and spoken English.
Additional Entry RequirementsThe Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 2020 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 2020 Admissions Guide before applying for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program for Semester 1 2020, failure to read this document will not be grounds for special consideration.
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 2019.
4. 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.
5. 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 2020 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.
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).
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $11,035
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Annual tuition fees International student place: $76,000
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Upon completion of the medical degree, graduates are required to apply for provisional registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Provisional registration is required to undertake a 12 month internship which provides supervised clinical experience in an approved hospital.
After successful completion of the internship, graduates are eligible to apply to APHRA for general registration, allowing them to practise in Australia and New Zealand.
Internships are separate from the medical degree and the University of Adelaide does not facilitate the internship placements. It is current practice that SA Health guarantees an intern placement for South Australian commonwealth-supported medical graduates. International medical graduates may need to complete an intern placement in their home country. Further information regarding internship allocations can be found on the SA Health Careers and SA Medical Education and Training website.
Adelaide Medical School graduates are well regarded in the industry for their knowledge and experience, and are in demand for positions in public hospitals, private practice, public health, teaching, clinical research, aid organisations, the defence forces and more. The full, wide range of medical career paths and options become apparent as students progress through the degree.
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Professional AccreditationThe Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) is accredited by the Medical Board of Australia.
To be eligible to work in Australia, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery graduates are required to register with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) on the completion of the degree. In order to register, all applicants must comply with the English language skills requirements as determined by AHPRA. For further details, visit ahpra.gov.au/Registration.aspx
New Zealand citizens applying to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery intending to practise in Australia after graduation must be aware of criteria for obtaining a Medicare Provider Number.
International applicants should note that successful completion of this degree may not qualify them to practise/register in their home country. Students will have to contact the relevant health registration bodies of their home country for further information.
Doctor / Medical Practitioner, Psychiatrist, Medical Research, Physiologist, Medical Scientist, Immunologist, Surgeon, Coroner
A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 available opportunities visit Study Overseas.
Study Overseas ExperienceBachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery students can undertake a four week work-based training/Dean’s elective in a local or overseas hospital or clinic of their choice prior to completing their degree. Past students have worked and studied in countries including the UK, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Canada.
The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery [MBBS] consists of three major streams reflecting the core elements of medical practice:
1. Scientific Basis of Medicine
2. Clinical Practice
3. Medical Professional and Personal Development
A major emphasis is placed on professionalism, communication and clinical reasoning, as well as the practise of evidence-based and preventative medicine. Small-group Case-Based Learning (CBL) is the dominant learning mode during the early years of the curriculum. Lectures in the medical disciplines such as pathology, anatomy, physiology and pharmacology are carefully staged throughout the clinical cases of the most commonly encountered and socially significant diseases.
In Year 1, 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 to acquire the skills required for effective clinical practice. The clinical practice tutorials in Years 1 and 2 are led by senior clinicians in a state-of-the-art clinical skills facility.
In Year 3, clinical skills training is conducted primarily in the public teaching hospitals. Students will then bring this core learning to their clinical placements in Years 4–6. 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 Year 5 in a rural setting. Year 6 is focused on what students need to know for their internship. The major exam is conducted at the end of Year 5, and with the pressure of exams reduced, final year 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 1310A Fundamentals of Biomedical Science A
BIOLOGY 1310B 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
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 the Thorax 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.
AssessmentEach year of the degree has a combination of written and clinical assessments, examinations, and competency based assessments and assignments.
For further information on this degree and others at the University of Adelaide please visit adelaide.edu.au/degree-finder
Please direct enquiries to the Ask Adelaide
Phone: +61 8 8313 7335 (toll free 1800 061 459)
- Admissions Guide
- Ask Adelaide enquiry form
- Bonded Medical Places Scheme
- Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
- Inherent Requirements for Medical Program
- Medicine Program Information Leaflet
- Adelaide Medical School
- South Australian Board of the Medical Board of Australia
- University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)
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Last updated: Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020