Doctor of Medicine
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
Important note for international applicants: the application deadline for the first round of international applications has been extended. Applications for the first round will now close at 10am (Sydney Time) on Friday 10 July 2015.
The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a four year professional postgraduate medical degree offering you clinical experience at leading hospitals, research opportunities at world-leading institutes, and established elective placements throughout Europe, Africa, North America and Asia. Our course will provide you with current best practice in medical education, high teacher-student ratios and extensive scholarship support. You will graduate as a medical practitioner who is responsive to the health needs of individuals, families and communities and committed to improving the health care system at all levels. Our students come from a range of backgrounds and academic disciplines.
The MD program comprises 4 broad themes that run through all four years of the course. These themes are: Basic and Clinical Sciences, Patient and Doctor, Population Medicine, and Personal and Professional Development.
In Years 1 and 2, students work through a number of Blocks that cover all body systems from both basic science and clinical perspectives, with an emphasis on understanding the scientific foundations of clinical reasoning and clinical practice.
In Stage 3 (Years 3 and 4 of the program), students cover all major aspects of clinical medicine.
Research methodology is introduced in year 1 of the program. Students gain experience with developing and managing a research project under supervision. The project culminates in a written report or an article suitable for publication.
Years 1 & 2 are spent primarily on the main university campus at Camperdown, but clinical training commences in the first weeks of the program. For years 3 & 4, students are based in their clinical school. Clinical learning occurs at multiple widely-dispersed sites (hospitals and community, metropolitan, urban and rural).
Detailed course information is available at http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/future-students/medical-program/program/index.php
The Sydney Doctor of Medicine Program is undertaken full-time over four years. First year (known as Stage 1 of the program) and the second year (Stage 2) consist of clinical problems presented in tutorials in which concepts of health and disease are related to the basic biomedical sciences. This ensures that the knowledge and problem-solving abilities which underpin medical practice have a strong scientific foundation. From the second week of Stage 1 students have patient contact in the various clinical schools at Westmead Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Royal North Shore Hospital, Concord Hospital, Nepean Hospital and Dubbo Hospital. Clinical training is undertaken at large urban hospitals and smaller rural hospitals affording a balanced view of urban and rural health care and their differences. Across the hospitals a huge range of specialisations are catered for, with paediatrics and its subspecialties being the focus of the Children's Hospital at Westmead.
Research methodology is introduced in year 1, with students developing a research plan by the end of year 2. The research project culminates in a written report or an article suitable for publication by the end of year 4.
While practical clinical experience forms the basis for all learning in the latter two years of the Sydney Medical Program, it is accompanied by a structured teaching program. The balance between clerkship-based activities and scheduled sessions varies. In general, formal teaching sessions reduce in number and frequency as students move throughout years 3 and 4 of Stage 3 and are essentially withdrawn in the pre-internship block.
Further course information
Candidates in Stages 1 & 2 of the Sydney Doctor of Medicine Program must pass all units of study designated for each year of enrolment before proceeding to units designated for the subsequent year of study. Failure in any single unit of study results in a failure of the year and requires the candidate to retake the units designated for the entire year, without credit or exemption for work previously completed.
Candidates in Stage 3 (integration of Years 3 & 4) must pass all units of study before being able to graduate. If a student fails a single unit of study during this Stage, they may be permitted to proceed to units designated for the subsequent year of study. However, they will be required to repeat the failed unit of study before commencing the Pre-Internship unit of study. Candidates in Stage 3 who fail more than one unit of study and/ or any summative assessment in a year will be required to retake the units designated for the entire year, and all summative assessments and a tailored program of remediation will be devised by the relevant Stage Coordinator in consultation with the Associate Dean of the candidate's clinical school.
Course outcomes and further study
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 medical graduates include medical research, teaching, medical administration, medical communication or journalism, consulting and overseas aid work.
The Doctor of Medicine is recognised in the World Health Organization Directory of Medical Schools. Countries that recognise the MD, with varying conditions, include Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. For more details of eligibility for registration in each country, see sydney.edu.au/medicine/future-students.
The Doctor of Medicine is accredited by the Australian Medical Council.
Following the successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Sydney.
Graduates then enter the medical workforce, primarily in the major public teaching hospitals, and complete a 1 year internship program.
Upon successful completion of this internship junior doctors are eligible to receive full registration with the State Medical Board or Council.
In general, registration in one state of Australia entitles the doctor to registration in other states.
Most junior doctors undertake an additional year of hospital training before commencing postgraduate medical training leading to specialisation. Specialist medical training is carried out by the relevant specialty medical college in conjunction with the state public health system. This training is not conducted by universities.
Graduates intending to practise medicine in a country other than Australia must satisfy the particular requirements of that country.
Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy offered by Sydney Medical School.
Other study options
Sydney Medical School offers a wide range of short professional development courses for health professionals through its clinical schools, disciplines and associated research institutes.
Many of the courses offered are pre-accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) points, and other courses may be awarded CME points on request to your relevant association or professional body. For further information and a list of courses available please see the Sydney Medical School website.
Please read the Domestic Admissions Guide 2016 and the International Admissions Guide 2016.
Please note Sydney Medical School regularly reviews the admission criteria and application processes for its courses. It reserves the right to change these criteria and processes without notice. Statements in the Admissions Guide 2016 provide general advice about the currently applicable criteria and processes, and may not be correct for future application periods. It is possible that GPA scores will, in the future, be incorporated into the ranking of applicants for entry into the MD. It is also possible that the GPA requirement will be increased, and/or that a different GAMSAT calculation formula will be introduced. Applicants are advised to consult the School’s website for the most recent information:
How to apply
How to apply
How to apply
Please check the International Admissions Guide 2016 and Important Dates for details on the application process to the MD commencing in 2016.
International applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University representative (education agent).
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
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.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is 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). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. 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 in this prospectus, 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.
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
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
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. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
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.