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.

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 in addition to studying Medicine. Students must major in either Economics, Econometrics or Financial Economics as part of their Bachelor of Economics and are required to complete six units of study in preparation for a Doctor of Medicine.

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.

A unique degree allowing students interested in studying medicine to combine a professional degree with a passion for arts and the social sciences.

The 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.

Basic and Clinical Sciences provide the scientific foundation for your medical studies. You will cover medical sciences of physiology, anatomy and histology, pharmacology and pathology, both in lectures and in practical laboratory sessions.

Patient and Doctor sessions cover clinical knowledge and skills, clinical reasoning and clinical communication.

Population Medicine sessions are interactive, encouraging debate, and are mostly presented in a seminar format, with two or more speakers presenting different perspectives and leading the discussion.

Personal and Professional Development sessions include aspects of personal development and professionalism, the law relevant to medical practice, ethics, patient safety and medical humanities.

We make increasing use of online learning materials across all four themes.

The course is delivered in three ‘stages’. Stages 1 and 2 cover years one and two respectively. Stage 3 covers years three and four.

To find out more about your eligibility for a double degree, visit sydney.edu.au/medicine/md.

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.

Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.

Majors

Units of study

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

Full units of study list

Further course information

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.

Progression rules

(1) Candidates must complete all requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Economics, including the designated Science units of study, in minimum time and must maintain a credit average in each year of the Bachelor of Economics, this being the minimum achievement required for admission to candidature for the Doctor of Medicine.

(2) Failure to maintain the required progression and minimum result requirements will result in candidates being transferred from the double degree program to a Bachelor of Economics degree with full credit for all units of study successfully completed.

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 Faculty of Medicine; or after completion of the double degree program.

Admission

Admission requirements

(1) Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents) leading to the award of an Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR) or equivalent. 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. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule.

(2) In addition, admission to this course requires the applicant to participate in a semi structured interview. The results of this interview will form part of the ranking or applicants.

(3) The Dean may also admit to the Bachelor of Economics/Doctor of Medicine students who:

(a) are candidates for the Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery; (b) did not commence the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery prior to 1 January 2014; and (c) have formally elected to proceed under these resolutions.

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.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:

(i) directly to the University's International Student 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.

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.