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.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE:
Applicants with pending GCE A-Levels results that are scheduled to be released on 21 January 2015 will be considered for 2015 entry to Double Degree Medicine. This group of eligible applicants will be invited to attend an interview in early February 2015. Other applicants will NOT be eligible to attend this additional round of interview. Please refer to sydney.edu.au/medicine/future-students/medical-program/combined/index.php for details.

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, 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.
Please note: The course fee quoted on this page relates to the Bachelor of Commerce only. For course fees for the medical program please see Doctor of Medicine.

Course outline


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: (i) seven core Commerce units of study, (ii) 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, and (iii) three Science junior units of study - one from each of the following subject areas: Biology/Microbiology, Physics and Chemistry. 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).

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 degrees in Medicine at the first opportunity after graduating high school, regardless of when their results are available. For more information about late results please visit our Double Degree Medicine website. 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. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.


Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. There are two basic admissions criteria: i) To be considered, you must have a very high ATAR. The required ATAR is expected to be 99.95 for domestic students and 99.50 or greater for international students. Non-NSW HSC results are converted to an ATAR equivalence. For information about the ATAR requirement please see the Double Degree Medicine webpage.

Domestic and international applicants who achieve the highest mark possible in some overseas qualifications are also considered. International students can visit the academic entry requirements webpage for further information. ii) Satisfactory performance in an interview. For more detailed information about double degree medicine please refer to the Sydney Medical School website.


How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March semester close on the last working day of September. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed. The timeline for admissions can be seen at the double degree medicine webpage.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics.

International students

How to apply

International fee-paying applicants with the following qualifications must apply through UAC International:

  • an Australian Year 12 qualification in or outside Australia in the year prior to entering the double degree
  • a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 in the year prior to entering the double degree.
International Baccalaureate (IB) applicants may apply either directly to the University using the online application form or through UAC International. All other international applicants must apply using the online application form. Interviews 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. If you believe that you are eligible for interview and you have not been notified, please call 1800 793 864 (from inside Australia) or +61 2 8627 1444 (from outside Australia) as soon as possible and no later than 31 January to check your eligibility. Applicants whose results will not be available in time to be considered (that is, prior to the issue of invitations to the January interviews) must visit Late results for further details.

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 2015 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 2014 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 2015, 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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