Bachelor of Commerce and Doctor of Medicine (BCom/MD)

Course CodeBPCOMMED1000
Course TypeUndergraduate
Credit Points Required 336
CRICOS code079220B

Description

This degree is for students who commenced study from 2014. Pre-2013 continuing students in the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery should refer to the information on the Undergraduate Degrees for Continuing Students Only (Discontinued Programs) page.

You might be surprised to learn that the skills you gain through a Bachelor of Commerce also benefit a number of careers within the medical profession. This unique seven year full-time (or equivalent part-time) combined Bachelor of Commerce and Doctor of Medicine degree program allows you to study the management and conduct of business while gaining a professional qualification in medicine. Business skills are highly valued within the medical profession. For example, doctors in private practice need a solid grounding in business in order to establish and maintain a thriving practice. Medical professionals in supervisory roles, such as hospital chief executives, require high-level management skills to successfully coordinate staff, manage large budgets and make important administrative decisions.

In 2014 the Sydney Medical School changed from awarding MBBS to MD or Doctor of Medicine. The primary change between the MD and MBBS programs will be the inclusion of compulsory research methods training and the completion of a research or other major project. Curriculum, clinical training and assessment will remain broadly the same. Central features of Sydney’s program, including the integration of clinical learning and teaching with basic sciences, population health concepts and the development of professionalism, will not be changed under the MD.

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Degree structure

To be awarded the Bachelor of Commerce and Doctor of Medicine, students must successfully complete units of study with a total value of 336 credit points, comprising:

  1. all requirements for the Bachelor of Commerce degree (units of study with a total value of 144 credit points) as set out under Bachelor of Commerce degree requirements, in the minimum time allowed and maintaining a credit average (65 percent)
  2. all requirements for the Doctor of Medicine (units of study with a total value of 192 credit points) as outlined in the Sydney Medical School handbook.

This combined degree program is sequenced so that successful students proceed first through the Bachelor of Commerce degree and then onto the Doctor of Medicine degree.

Bachelor of Commerce degree structure

To be awarded the Bachelor of Commerce in the combined degree, students must successfully complete units of study with a total value of 144 credit points, comprising:

  • seven core Commerce units of study (36 credit points) comprising five junior units (including a zero credit point unit) and six credit point a senior capstone unit.
  • a compulsory major selected from the Commerce subject areas
  • 18 credit points in compulsory Science junior units of study
  • one zero credit point compulsory medicine (SMTP) unit of study
  • no more than 60 credit points in junior units of study (1000-level)
  • at least 96 credit points in units of study from the Business School and School of Economics.

Commerce core units of study

(i) Junior units of study (30 credit points)

Students must complete BUSS1001 and BUSS1900 in their first semester of enrolment.

^ The zero-credit point unit, BUSS1900, is designed to support students in developing their business communication skills at the very outset of their degree to ensure success in the semesters that follow. All commencing undergraduate students must enrol in BUSS1900 but have the option of withdrawing following a mandatory waiver test conducted during Orientation Week (O Week) preceding the start of each semester.

(ii) Senior (capstone) unit of study (six credit points)

The capstone unit of study must be completed in a student's last semester of study.

Compulsory Faculty of Science units of study

Students must complete three six credit point junior units of study from each of the following Science subject areas (18 credit points in total):

Compulsory Medicine (SMTP) unit of study

As part of this program, students are required to complete the following zero-credit point unit of study:

  • SMTP3007 elective unit of study (for completion in the third year of enrolment). This unit is a field of interest unit of study approved by both the Sydney Medical School and the Business School.

Bachelor of Commerce majors and electives

In the Bachelor of Commerce component, students select one major from the 'Commerce subject areas' to fulfil the requirements of their degree. A major consists of a minimum of 36 credit points in senior units of study (usually six units) in a single subject area. Senior units may only be counted towards one major.

 * The  Quantitative Business Analysis major has been renamed Business Analytics for students commencing study from 2015. Pre-2015 continuing students will be able to  complete all the units listed for the Business Analytics major under their Quantitative Business Analysis major.

Please Note. Because of the nature of this combined program and to prerequisites and other limitations, not all major combinations maybe available within this combined degree program

Progression guide

The following table illustrates a degree progression example of the first three years of study for a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce and Doctor of Medicine on a full-time basis undertaking units of study with a total of (24 credit points) per semester.
In this table, core units of study for the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) are indicated in 'bold' type, compulsory Science units of study are in 'italics' and compulsory Medicine prerequisite units of study are in 'bold italics'.

YEARSESSIONUNITS OF STUDYCREDIT POINTS

Year 1

Semester 1

BUSS1001

BUSS1900

BUSS1030

BUSS1040

Science junior (compulsory)

24

Semester 1

BUSS1002

BUSS1020

BCom junior (elective of major)

Science junior (compulsory)

24

Year 2

Semester 1

BCom senior (major)

BCom junior or senior (major or elective)

BCom senior (major or elective)

Science junior (compulsory)

24

Semester 2

BCom senior (major)

BCom senior (major)

BCom senior (major or elective)

BCom senior (major or elective)

24

Year 3

Semester 1

BCom senior (major)

BCom senior (major)

BCom senior (major or elective)

BCom senior (major or elective)

SMTP3007

24

Semester 2

BUSS3500

BCom senior (major)

BCom senior (major or elective)

BCom senior (major or elective)

24

144

Please Note: The information listed in this example is based on the unit of study offerings for 2014 and is intended as a guide only. Students are usually able to complete the units of study for their course in different sequences to that which is listed (including enrolling in units in Summer or Winter School sessions when available). Students are advised to plan their course based upon their individual needs and to contact the Student Information Office if they need any assistance in planning their progression in their degree.

Progression requirements for the Doctor of Medicine

The end of the third year, full-time students should have completed the requirements for their Commerce degree. Students who maintain a minimum credit average (65 percent) or above and successfully complete all required Science and 'SMTP' units of study may be eligible to apply for admission to candidature for the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Students must meet the admission requirements set out on Sydney Medical School website in order to progress onto the Doctor of Medicine. After admission, they will then complete an additional four years of study. (For details, please refer to the Sydney Medical School Handbook or the Sydney Medical School website). If a student fails to satisfy the minimum requirements for admission to the Doctor of Medicine, they will be transferred to candidature for the Bachelor of Commerce degree only.

Accreditation

Within the Bachelor of Commerce component of the combined degree, students may choose to pursue a program of study that would allow them to seek accreditation with particular professional bodies. See Bachelor of Commerce for details of available professional accreditation requirements.

Honours

Students may choose to complete an additional honours year in their Bachelor of Commerce. Students must successfully complete an additional honours year of study. For details of this program, students should refer to the honours information listed under the Bachelor of Commerce.

Further information

For further information regarding the Doctor of Medicine component of this course and information regarding admissions please refer to the Sydney Medical School website.

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