Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 6 years full-time
SATAC Code 314552
CRICOS 002799F
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.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    Not offered to domestic students.

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2020
    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)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    137 78.7%
    • 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)
    <5 N/A
    International students 34 19.5%
    All students 174 100.0%

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 002799F
    Intake February
    Selection Criteria
    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
    More Information
    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) 90
    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 87%
    Monash Foundation Year 82.5%
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 83
    UNSW Foundation Year 7.8
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 7.6
    Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP) 70
    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');


    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, e.g. Rural Background entry, Higher Education.

    MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.
    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 Requirements
    The 2021 Medicine Admissions Guide for International Applicants details important information regarding the additional entry requirements for entry at the University of Adelaide. All applicants are advised to read the Guide before applying for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery for Semester 1 2021, failure to read this document will not be grounds for special consideration.

    Application Process:
    1. Register for the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT ANZ) for Australia and New Zealand.
    Last day to register for UCAT ANZ is Monday 18 May 2020.
    2. Submit a formal Application online via the University's International website. Applications for 2021 must be submitted by Tuesday 30 June 2020 (11:59PM SA Time).
    3. Closing dates are strictly adhered to and late submissions will not be accepted.
    4. Applicants who have not yet completed their current qualification will still be required to apply by this date.
    5. In addition to this application, please note that 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 to be considered for other preferences.

    Ranking Process:
    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
    * UCAT ANZ Results: Second Ranking Level
    * Academic Results: Meets threshold and Final Ranking Level (to separate applicants with equal summed Interview and UCAT ANZ scores).

    Additional Information:
    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 2021 Medicine Admissions Guide for International Applicants

    How to Apply
    2021 Medicine Admissions Guide for International Applicants
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Unavailable - see previous year for indicative only fee.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $77,000


    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

    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 Attributes

    The objective of this 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.

    Graduate registration

    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

    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.

    Potential careers

    Doctor / Medical Practitioner, Psychiatrist, Medical Research, Physiologist, Medical Scientist, Immunologist, Surgeon, Coroner

  • Study Overseas

    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 Experience

    Bachelor 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. 

  • Degree Structure

    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.



    Each year of the degree has a combination of written and clinical assessments, examinations, and competency based assessments and assignments.
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Last updated: Wednesday, 27 May 2020