Bachelor of Medical Studies New

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 354552
354553
CRICOS 0100331

THIS DEGREE IS NOT TAKING ENROLMENTS IN 2021


Put your passion for healing into action

Medicine is intellectually rewarding, challenging and inspiring. It requires critical problem-solving, teamwork and integrity.

Medical practitioners are passionately interested in wellbeing, and work to protect and promote the health of individuals and communities. They are dedicated to alleviating pain and suffering, and caring for vulnerable people.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Medical Studies provides the foundation knowledge and skills needed to excel in health care. Learning in partnership with outstanding clinicians in our state-of-the-art Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building, you will:

  • work in small groups to address scenario-based problems relating to common and important individual, community, Indigenous and global health issues
  • gain valuable exposure to real-world clinical practice and develop your own safe and effective clinical skills in cutting-edge simulation facilities
  • investigate the social determinants of health and health behaviours
  • learn to evaluate the health status of individuals and populations
  • acquire a solid foundation in research skills and evidence-based care
  • learn collaboratively in interprofessional teams with nursing students.

You will also gain a deep understanding of how our health care system works. This includes from the ‘consumer’ perspective; from semester one you’ll have the opportunity to see patients and learn about their interactions with various health services and providers.

Where could it take you?

This is the first part of our medicine program; upon completion, you’ll gain direct entry into our Doctor of Medicine. Together, these degrees will qualify you to practise medicine anywhere in Australia and throughout most of the world.

The Medical program at the University of Adelaide has a six-year full-time duration which leads to the awards of Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine.  Entry to the Doctor of Medicine is based on completion of the Bachelor of Medical Studies at the Unviersity of Adelaide.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code www.satac.edu.au
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection 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 Medical Studies /Doctor of Medicine ( BMD) degree at the University of Adelaide you must achieve a Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors) of 90 or above, an International Baccalaureate score of 34 or above OR the interstate/ overseas equivalent).

    Please note: the BMD degree does not consider adjustment factors for undertaking particular subjects in year 12.

    Please refer to the Additional entry requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the BMD 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 Anatomy and Physiology as part of the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences program). Subject prerequisites are applicable to all BMD entry pathways e.g. Rural Background Entry, Higher Education MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.
    Assumed Knowledge A necessary precursor for success is a high proficiency in the written and oral use of the English language.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    SATAC applications for 2021 entry will open in August 2020. To apply for the Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine (BMD), please read the Domestic Admissions Guide before applying. Failure to read this document will not be grounds for special consideration. Merit Ranking Process Applicants will be ranked for an offer based on a combination of scores from these three components as follows: - UCAT Results - Interview Results - Academic Results
    Higher Education Study If you wish to be considered as a Higher Education (Tertiary Transfer) 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 Higher Education 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 Medical program at the University of Adelaide and should consider graduate medicine pathways. Higher Education applicants must also meet the prerequisite subject requirements (refer above). If you are a Higher Education applicant and wish to be considered for entry under the Rural Background Entry (RBE) pathway, please read the Domestic Admissions Guide for additional information.
    Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2021 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 the Additional entry requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the BMD program.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    Apply through SATAC: www.satac.edu.au
    354552 - NON-BONDED MEDICAL PLACE - These places have no return of service obligations after graduation. 354553 - 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. Application Process - There are two distinct parts to the application process: 1. UCAT ANZ: all applicants must apply to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT ANZ). 2. SATAC application which must be lodged by 30 September 2020 Late applications will not be considered. Applicants who have listed BMD amongst their preferences will be asked to enter their UCAT ANZ identification number during the SATAC online application process. Applications will not be considered complete without a valid UCAT ANZ identification number entered prior to the closing date. Rural Background Entry (RBE) 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 Domestic Admissions Guide before applying for the Bachelor of Medical Studies. Failure to read this document will not be grounds for special consideration.

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 0100331
    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
    Tertiary Qualifications University of Adelaide Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or equivalent
    Prerequisites
    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 Anatomy and Physiology as part of the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences program). Subject prerequisites are applicable to all BMD 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 Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine 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).
    ? Closing dates are strictly adhered to and late submissions will not be accepted.
    ? Applicants who have not yet completed their current qualification will still be required to apply by this date.
    ? 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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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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

    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

    Upon completion of the Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine, 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.

    Industry Placement

    In the Bachelor of Medical Studies, you will have patient contact in a variety of settings from year one—this will orientate you towards your career of becoming a doctor. By year 3, you will undertake clinical placement two days per week in a hospital or community setting.

    Students who undertake clinical placements, internships and research projects involving children, or people who are ill, elderly or vulnerable, must obtain the following clearances before attending clinical placement:

    • AHPRA student registration (undertaken on the student's behalf)
    • criminal history clearance and a national police clearance
    • immunisation 
    • prescribed communicable infections screening
    • tuberculosis screening.
    Please see the clinical placements page for more information. Students who do not meet the above requirements are at risk of not completing the degree, as placements are a compulsory component of the degree. For further information, visit: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

    Professional Accreditation

    The Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine have been conditionally accredited under the existing accreditation of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery by the Australian Medical Council (AMC).

    Potential careers

    Health Educator, Health Officer, Laboratory Manager, Medical Scientist, Medical Technician

  • 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 Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine students can undertake a professional placement in a local, interstate 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 Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine is an integrated program. Combined, these degrees will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes that will enable you to practice as a medical doctor safely and effectively. The integrated medical program is aligned with the Australian Medical Council accreditation standards including science and scholarship, clinical practice, professionalism and leadership, and health and society.

    Throughout all six years, there is a strong emphasis on scenario-based learning, evidence-based decision making and professional practice. You will learn in South Australia’s premier health education precinct, the Adelaide BioMed City, situated next door to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. You will be part of the eco-system of education, research and clinical care working together to create better health outcomes for individuals and communities.

    You will practice and refine your skills in our world-leading simulation facilities, the only facilities in Australasia with accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare for excellence in learning and teaching. You will be taught by practising clinicians who are leaders in their field and learn from the best in their fields.

    The first three years of the medical program is the Bachelor of Medical Studies which provides the foundation of medical science and practice. The emphasis on these early years is on integrated learning, learning and building clinical skills and developing your understanding of the role of a doctor. A major emphasis is placed on professionalism, communication and clinical reasoning, as well as the practise of evidence-based and preventative medicine. Small-group Scenario-Based Learning (SBL) is a key part of learning 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, you will learn fundamental knowledge of biomedical science and how the health care system works. To build this knowledge you will begin to have patient contact by having the opportunity to experience the health care system from the ‘consumer’ perspective. The use of SBL will introduce you to underlying mechanisms and concepts from a real-world perspective.

    In year 2, you will continue to learn about clinical problems through clinically based scenarios which explore the science of medicine. You will continue to develop clinical skills in diagnosis and management, and be introduced to the public health and professional aspects of becoming a medical practitioner.

    In year 3, the focus is on preparing you for full-time clinical studies within the Doctor of Medicine. You will undertake your first clinical placements, and begin to learn research skills with the completion of a research proposal and critical appraisal. You will understand research methodology and have the skills required to ensure as you move into the clinical years of the program you can use research to ensure you make evidence-based decisions to ultimately guide clinical practice towards treatment modalities and therapies that improve patient outcomes. Alongside this, you will have increased clinical exposure with experiences in primary and hospital care settings. This will be supported by scenario-based learning which will focus on clinical management

    For more details regarding years 4 to 6 of the medical program, visit Doctor of Medicine.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 26 May 2020