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Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Medicine

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  • With our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ranked 15th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, you will learn from leading experts across more than 45 areas of study.

  • Sydney Medical School is ranked number one in Australia in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

Overview

The Bachelor of Arts/Doctor of Medicine gives you the opportunity to study in the area of arts and social sciences before undertaking medicine. This pathway allows school leavers who have achieved exceptional results to commence a three-year undergraduate arts degree and follow on with the four-year graduate-entry Doctor of Medicine (MD).

With a deeper understanding of the fundamentals that underpin the health profession combined with your study of the arts, you will be better prepared for any career in medicine, from specialisation to research and teaching.

The University of Sydney Medical School offers unparalleled opportunities to study medicine in Australia. When you study with us you will have access to world-class teaching hospitals, internationally-acclaimed academics, early patient care and a wide range of placement opportunities across Australia and overseas.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has a history of excellence spanning 165 years. By joining a community of students from around Australia and the globe, you will be inspired to pursue your passion and combine your interests across the arts and social sciences and medical fields.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts/Doctor of Medicine you will be committed to rational, compassionate healthcare and medical research of the highest quality. You will also maintain lifelong, self-directed learning and pursue evidence-based medical practice. You will initiate, lead and support advances in clinical medicine, research, education and community service.

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Completion requirements

B Arts/MD students may undertake the Bachelor of Arts in the Dalyell stream.

In order to progress to the Doctor of Medicine, you need to meet all progression requirements (including satisfactorily completing a zero credit point unit of study in Medicine) during your first degree studies as specified under the BArts/MD course resolutions found in the respective Faculty Handbook.

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 Arts degree with full credit for all units of study successfully completed.
Progression within the MD is as specified in the Resolutions for the  MD Course Resolutions.

You need to complete all requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, including the designated foundational knowledge units for medicine offered by the Faculty of Science within three years (or four years if candidates take an embedded honours component through the Bachelor of Advanced Studies), excluding any authorised periods of suspension.

You will also need to achieve a Weighted Average Mark of at least 65.0 in each year of study for each 48 credit point block in the Bachelor of Arts to continue in the double degree as this is the minimum achievement required for admission into the Doctor of Medicine.

Assumed knowledge

Refer to the relevant single degree Bachelor of Arts. In addition, from 2019 entry, applicants need to achieve Band 4 in the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) Mathematics (not General Mathematics) or similar result in equivalent interstate or IB subjects. Please click here for further information.

Admission requirements

Admission to the BArts/MD 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.

The selection process is highly competitive and the selection criteria include:
1. academic merit ATAR (or equivalent) cut-off expected to be 99.95 for domestic applicants and a similarly high threshold for international applicants; and
2. an assessment process including a written assessment and a panel discussion.

You are only eligible for admission to the first available course intake following receipt of your final results. If your results are not available in time to be considered for the 2018 intake (ie prior to the issue of invitations to the January 2018 assessment), you may be eligible to apply for the 2019 intake.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who wish to be considered under the Cadigal Alternative Entry Program should apply directly to the University's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Support Team in addition to applying through UAC. For more information on the Cadigal Alternative Entry Program, visit sydney.edu.au/ug-special,  or call (02) 8627 8619 or email  support.cadigal@sydney.edu.au or contact Sydney Medical School.

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.

Deferral of enrolment following offer of a place in the DDMP will be considered ONLY if applicants are required to fulfill mandatory obligations (e.g. National Service).

Requests for deferral of enrolment in the DDMP along with supporting documentation must be submitted to the University Admissions Office via email: admissions.medicine@sydney.edu.au within 14 days of the date of the offer letter.

Requests will be considered by the Dean of Sydney Medical School and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Applicants will receive the outcome of the request by email in due course.

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the double degree allow you to take part in an international exchange program . These programs enable you to enhance your skills in a language other than English and your knowledge of other societies and cultures.

As a student in the Doctor of Medicine, you will have contact with patients and observe aspects of disease throughout your four years of study, with clinical placements at world-renowned institutes, and established elective placement opportunities in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • General practitioner or specialist 
  • Surgeon 
  • Researcher 
  • Pharmaceutical industry 
  • Forensic anthropologist 
  • Government policy officer 
  • Medical journalist 
  • Aid worker 
  • Management consultancy 
  • Teaching 
  • Medical administration 
  • Medical communication

 

Future study

Honours is available to meritorious candidates in the Bachelor of Arts and requires an additional year of full-time study after the completion of the pass degree. If you qualify to undertake honours in the Bachelor of Arts degree you can do so after completing the double degree program, or you can elect to suspend candidature from the Doctor of Medicine degree for one year, with the permission of the Sydney Medical School.

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Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

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, MasterCard or American Express. 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 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.

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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 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 is for students commencing the undergraduate degree 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 is for students commencing the postgraduate degree 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, MasterCard or American Express. 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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