Bachelor of Economics 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 Economics and Doctor of Medicine is a unique degree that allows students interested in studying medicine to combine a professional degree with a passion for arts and social sciences.

This seven-year (full-time) program provides students with the opportunity to study in areas that are of particular relevance to the management and conduct of business prior to studying Medicine. In the first three years undertaking the Bachelor of Economics students must major in either Economics, Econometrics or Financial Economics. The skills you will acquire through the Bachelor of Economics will benefit a number of careers in the medical profession. For example, doctors in private practice need to understand the fundamentals of business in order to establish and maintain a thriving practice. Meanwhile, doctors in supervisory roles, such as hospital chief executives, require the management skills to successfully coordinate staff, budgets and other administrative duties.

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. More information about double medicine degree options.

Fee information: The course fee quoted here relates to the Bachelor of Economics only. For course fees for the medical program please see Doctor of Medicine.

Course outline

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online undergraduate handbook.

Study plan

Completion of a major is a requirement of the Bachelor of Economics degree. Students must complete a major in either Economics, Econometrics or Financial Economics. A major requires the completion of at least 36 senior credit points. Units of study counted towards one major may not count toward any other major completed.

Majors

Further course information

Progression rules

To progress from the Bachelor of Science (Adv) to the Doctor of Medicine program, students must:
(i) Complete the Bachelor degree in minimum time.
(ii) Complete units of study having a total value of at least 144 credit points
(iii) Maintain a credit average or above in each of the first three years of the Bachelor program
(iv) 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.
(v) Satisfactorily complete at least three subjects in Science (Biology, Physics and Chemistry)

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the double degree allow for students to take part in an international exchange program. The program enables students to enhance their skills in a language other than English and their knowledge of other societies and cultures.

Students in the Doctor of Medicine have contact with patients and observe aspects of disease throughout their four years of study, with clinical placements at world-leading institutes, and established elective placement opportunities in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

A career in medicine could include general practice or specialisation. In order to register with an Australian or New Zealand medical board, you will need to complete one year of internship. Most junior doctors make their career choice during their second postgraduate year, most commonly opting for general practice or one of the specialties. You will need to gain further experience and study under the supervision of one of the specialist colleges before you can obtain your specialist qualifications or vocational registration as a general practitioner.

Other career options for graduates include medical research, teaching, medical administration, medical communication or journalism.

Further study

Honours is available to meritorious candidates in the Bachelor of Economics and requires an additional year of full time study after the completion of the pass degree. Admission, requirements and award of honours are according to the Resolutions of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. If you qualify to undertake honours in the Bachelor of Economics degree may elect to either suspend candidature from the Doctor of Medicine degree for one year, with the permission of the Sydney Medical School; or after completion of the double degree program.

Admission

Admission requirements

Applicants are eligible to apply for the Medicine double degrees 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. 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:

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 web page.

International applicants can visit the academic entry requirements web page for further information.

ii) Satisfactory performance in an interview - 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.

For more detailed admissions information, please refer to the Sydney Medical School website.

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.

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

HSC Mathematics. Other assumed knowledge may depend on the first-year subjects selected.

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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