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.

You will develop a strong commercial grounding in business whilst gaining a professional qualification in medicine. Students complete the commerce program before entering the medicine program. Medical professionals in supervisory roles, such as hospital chief executives, require high-level management skills to coordinate staff, manage large budgets and make important administrative decisions successfully.

This seven-year (full-time) program provides students with the opportunity to study commerce prior to studying Medicine. Students complete the Bachelor of Commerce program before entering the Doctor of Medicine (MD).

The three-year Bachelor of Commerce combines theory with practice to teach you how businesses operate and gives you the analytical, technical, and practical skills to apply your knowledge effectively in the business world. Our core units will provide you with grounding in areas such as accounting, economics and business statistics. Students can choose up to two majors. At least one major will be from the following areas of study: accounting, banking, business analytics, business information systems, commercial law, econometrics, economics, finance, industrial relations and human resource management, international business, management and marketing. You might choose to focus your study to pursue a particular professional qualification, or to explore many different areas to gain a broad and versatile business education.

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program comprises four broad themes that run throughout the four- year curriculum. The themes cover:

  • Basic and Clinical Sciences
  • Patient and Doctor
  • Population Medicine
  • Personal and Professional Development.


The course is delivered in three ‘stages’. Stages 1 and 2 cover years one and two respectively. Stage 3 covers years three and four. From your first year of the Doctor of Medicine, you will have contact with patients and observe the physical aspects of disease, which continues to your final year. The medical curriculum emphasises practical delivery with much of the program using problem-based learning with contextually relevant medical issues as the foundation of the course. After graduation, you can pursue a career in medicine that either involves general practice or specialisation in your area of interest. You might also wish to pursue a career in medical research, teaching, medical administration, medical communication or journalism. More information about double medicine degree options.

Course outline

OUTLINE OF DEGREE STRUCTURE

This seven-year (full-time) 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.

For the Bachelor of Commerce component, students complete all the requirements as outlined under the Bachelor of Commerce entry degree, including:
  • all requirements for the Bachelor of Commerce degree (units of study with a total value of 144 credit points), in the minimum amount of time allowed and maintaining at least a credit average (65 percent) grade; and
  • all requirements for the Doctor of Medicine (units of study with a total value of 192 credit points) as set out in the Sydney Medical School Handbook.

Refer to the

Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook

for more detailed information regarding this degree’s structure and requirements.

For information about the MD course see the

medical program course structure information.

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 Analytics, Business Information Systems, Commercial Law, Econometrics, Economics, Finance, Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, or Marketing.

Core majors

Optional majors

Further course information

Progression rules

To progress from the Bachelor of Commerce to the Doctor of Medicine program, students must:

  1. Complete the Bachelor degree in minimum time.
  2. Complete units of study having a total value of at least 144 credit points
  3. Maintain a credit average or above in each of the first three years of the Bachelor program
  4. Satisfactorily complete a zero-credit point subject – SMTP3007 - during the Bachelor degree. This subject involves students undertaking a one week observational study of their choosing. Students are required to write and submit a 1000 word report of their experience. Prior to commencing their placement students are required to comply with Sydney Medical School student requirements for entering NSW Health facilities.
  5. Satisfactorily complete at least three subjects in Science (Biology, Physics and Chemistry).

For a progression guide for this degree, please refer to the Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook.

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 Employability 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 (aacsb.edu); EQUIS, the quality assurance arm of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) (efmd.org) and CEMS - the Global Alliance in Management Education. The Business School is the only Australian business school to be admitted to CEMS (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.

Admission

Admission requirements

Applicants are eligible to apply for the Double Degree Medicine at the first opportunity after graduating high school, regardless of when their results are available.

Admission to this course is for a limited number of outstanding applicants each year, on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), and an interview conducted by Sydney Medical School. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

There are two basic admissions criteria:

1. ATAR

For domestic applicants, the minimum ATAR required for consideration is 99.95.

For international applicants with non-Australian secondary qualifications, their results are converted to an ATAR equivalence. The minimum ATAR required for consideration is expected to be 99.50. Meeting the minimum ATAR for consideration does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the Double Degree Medicine assessment. International applicants will be invited to participate in the Double Degree Medicine assessment in accordance with ATAR order, subject to course capacity. Due to the competitive nature of this course, while international applicants with an ATAR of 99.50 and above are considered for entry, typically those invited to participate in the Double Degree Medicine assessment have an ATAR of 99.95. International applicants can visit the academic entry requirements web page for further information.

For more information about the ATAR requirement please visit the Double Degree Medicine web page.

2. Satisfactory performance in the Double Degree Medicine assessment

The Double Degree Medicine assessment includes both a written assessment and an interview. The assessment will be held from December in the year prior to entry (for international applicants) and from January in the entry year (for domestic applicants).

Eligible applicants will be contacted by email or telephone by the University. If you believe that you are eligible for assessment and you have not been notified, please call 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) (from inside Australia) or +61 2 8627 1444 (from outside Australia) as soon as possible, no later than 16 January, to check your eligibility.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants must also apply through the Cadigal Alternative Entry Pathway. Please check the Double Degree Medicine webpage for the admissions timeline and other important information. For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics.

International students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

Please also check the Double Degree Medicine webpage for the admissions timeline and other important information.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol.

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

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Double degrees (undergraduate to postgraduate) – price differentiation

Commonwealth Supported students enrolling in a double degree course, please note that student contribution amounts for the postgraduate degree are higher than the undergraduate degree. Some combined degree courses also have a price differentiation. When you are calculating the likely total cost of your course please carefully factor in this price differentiation.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students

The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

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

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Double degrees (undergraduate to postgraduate) – price differentiation

The ESSENTIALS BOX lists two indicative tuition fee rates for double degrees that comprise an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate degree with a higher tuition fee rate for the postgraduate degree. The first indicative tuition fee listed in the ESSENTIALS BOX is for students commencing the undergraduate degree in 2017 as part of the double degree for Year 1. The fee is subject to annual increases for each year of your study. The second indicative tuition fee listed in the ESSENTIALS BOX is for students commencing the postgraduate degree in 2017 for Year 1. This fee will be subject to a number of annual reviews and indexation before you may be eligible to commence your study in the postgraduate degree. You will need to consult the faculty for up-to-date information about your tuition fees.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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