Bachelor of Commerce and Doctor of Medicine

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Commerce and Doctor of Medicine is a seven-year (full-time) combined degree program. It requires students to complete a total of 336 credit points of study from the University of Sydney Business School and the Sydney Medical School.

Central features of Sydney’s program, include the integration of clinical learning and teaching with basic sciences, population health concepts and the development of professionalism. The program will also include compulsory research methods training and the completion of a research or other major project.

Course outline

Structure

This seven-year (full-time) combined degree program requires students to complete a total of 336 credit points of study from the University of Sydney Business School and the Sydney Medical School. This combined degree is sequenced so that successful students proceed first through the Bachelor of Commerce degree and then onto the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree.

For the Bachelor of Commerce component, students complete all the requirements as outlined under the Bachelor of Commerce entry degree:

  • seven core Commerce units of study
  • a major from the Commerce subject areas. A Commerce major consists of a minimum of 36 credit points in senior units of study (usually six units) in a single subject area. 
  • three Science junior units of study - one from each of the following subject areas: Biology/Microbiology, Physics and Chemistry
  • in preparation for the Doctor of Medicine (MD). Students must also complete a compulsory zero-credit point subject, which they can choose to do at a Research Institute or hospital or participate in the rural elective.

Refer to the Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook for more detailed information regarding this degree’s structure and requirements.

To progress through the program, students must maintain a credit average or above in each of the first three years of the program. Students must complete all the requirements of the MD program (with a total value of 192 credit points) as specified in the Sydney Medical School handbook.

Majors

What is a major?

A major is usually a three-year defined sequence of study (in some cases, a two-year sequence), generally comprising specified units of study in a particular subject area. A major consists of at least 36 credit points in senior (2000/3000-level) units of study or at least six senior units of study (six credit points each) from a single area of study. Senior units of study cannot be counted towards more than one major. Majors require the completion of at least one junior (1000-level) prerequisite units of study (six credit points each). Junior units may be prerequisites for the major itself and/or for senior units within the major's subject area. Junior units may be used as prerequisites for majors or senior elective units in more than one subject area.

For the Sydney Bachelor of Commerce, at least one major from the following areas of study is completed: Accounting, Business Information Systems, Commercial Law, Econometrics, Economics, Finance, Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, or Quantitative Business Analysis.

Core majors

Optional majors

Further course information

Progression rules

Students must complete all requirements for the degree of Bachelor Commerce in minimum time (three years) and maintain, as a minimum, a credit average (65 percent) in the Bachelor of Commerce, being the minimum level of academic performance required for admission to candidature for the degrees of MD.

Students will also be required to complete a zero-credit point subject in Medicine during the Bachelor of Commerce degree, as well as three subjects from the Faculty of Science in Biology, Physics and Chemistry before progressing into the medical program.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject.

For the Sydney Bachelor of Commerce, electives can be selected from the University of Sydney Business School or from the any other faculties within the university (subject to approval by the offering faculty and degree requirements).

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the Bachelor of Commerce allow for students to take part in the Business School’s Student Exchange Program. The program involves you attending a host university overseas for a period of time (usually one or two semesters) before returning to complete your studies in Sydney. The program is literally a ‘swap’ of students between the universities, which means you can undertake approved overseas study and have the credits you achieve there count towards your degree at Sydney.

Credited towards your degree, the Business School also has an Industry Placement Program. Highly coveted by students, acceptance into the programs unit of study is competitive. The unit provides a preparation course before you enter the work placement for nine weeks. At the end of your placement, you are assessed based through a work-learning journal, your preparation of a business report that integrates your prior learning with your industry experience, and a presentation with the other students enrolled in the program.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Sydney Bachelor of Commerce/Doctor of Medicine graduates enter a wide range of careers, including: accounting, banking and financial management, research and consulting, human resource management and industrial relations, advertising and market research, marketing and sales, business analysis, policy analysis and formulation, foreign affairs and public sector management.

Following completion of the Doctor of Medicine, one year of internship is required prior to registration. Most junior doctors make their career choice during their second postgraduate year, most commonly opting for general practice or one of the specialties. Clinical training under the supervision of one of the specialist colleges (RACGP, RACP, RACS, etc) takes between three and six years in most instances. Australia is in special need of doctors for rural and remote practice, including indigenous health care. Other careers for Sydney graduates include medical research, teaching, medical administration, medical communication or journalism, consulting and overseas aid work.

The dedicated Careers and Employer Relations Office (CEO) in the University of Sydney Business School provides access to advice, resources and a wide range of employer activities in the corporate and public sectors.

Course accreditation

The University of Sydney Business School is actively involved in quality assurance and accreditation activities aimed at further enhancing the quality of our teaching, research and community-related programs. We strive for excellence and this has earned us the top international accreditations available to business schools and enabled us to forge strategic alliances.

These include: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), of which the Business School is the only Australian business school to achieve accreditations in both business and accounting (http://aacsb.edu); EQUIS, the quality assurance arm of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) (http://efmd.org) and CEMS - the Global Alliance in Management Education. The Business School is the only Australian business school to be admitted to CEMS (http://cems.org), which is a prestigious alliance of 17 renowned European business schools, nine non-European academic institutions, and 60 of the world's leading multinational corporations.

Further study

Honours is available to meritorious candidates of the Bachelor of Commerce.

Honours in the Bachelor of Commerce requires students to complete an additional year of full-time study after the completion of the pass degree. The final honours year involves a combination of coursework and a thesis which gives students the opportunity to conduct meaningful research in a particular area of interest. Those who qualify to undertake honours in the Bachelor of Commerce degree may elect to do so by either suspending their enrolment in the Doctor of Medicine degree for one year, with the permission of the Sydney Medical School; or after completion of the combined course.

About honours

In some of the more specialised careers open to Sydney Bachelor of Commerce and Doctor of Medicine graduates, employers may be looking for a level of specialisation that is not provided by a pass degree. Similarly, if a student wishes to qualify for specialised postgraduate research study, a pass degree is not normally sufficient. An additional honours year considerably enhances a qualification, and singles students out to an employer as having exceptional ability.

The Sydney Bachelor of Commerce honours year, provides knowledge and training for candidates in research methods as well as experience in planning, performing and writing up research under the guidance of a supervisor. This year usually involves a combination of coursework and research toward the writing of a short thesis.

It may be possible to complete either double or joint honours in the Bachelor of Commerce. Double honours involves completing all the honours work in two subject areas and thus normally takes an extra year. In joint honours, two subject areas that are more closely related to each other are studied concurrently through a specially designed program of study within one year.

Other study options

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Admission

Admission requirements

To be considered, you must have the top level entry rank (ATAR or equivalent). A selection interview will also be conducted by the Sydney Medical School.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

Further requirements

The Dean of Sydney Medical School will select applicants for interview after consideration of the ATAR rank or equivalent. It is likely that all domestic applicants will be required to attend an interview in person. Interviews will be held at the Camperdown Campus of the University. For international applicants, interviews may alternatively be conducted via Skype. Any travel required to attend an interview is at the applicant's own expense. At interview, all applicants must present a valid passport or current Australian driver's licence along with proof of residency for identification purposes.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:
(i) directly to the University's International Office,
(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or
(iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Further admission requirements

You must apply through UAC by 26 September 2014 if you are an international fee-paying applicant who is:
attempting an Australian Year 12 qualification in 2014, or
undertaking the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 in 2014.
You may apply either directly to the International Office or through the NSW University Admissions Centre (UAC) by 26 September 2014 if you are attempting an International Baccalaureate in Australia in 2014.
If you are an international fee-paying applicant undertaking any qualification not listed above, please apply through the University of Sydney's International Office by 26 September 2014.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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