University of Sydney Handbooks - 2012 Archive

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Medicine and Surgery

We off two types of MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) programs:

There are also options available for combining graduate-entry Medicine with other postgraduate study programs:

Combined Medicine (Undergraduate entry)

Duration: approved undergraduate degree duration (through the relevant faculty) + four years full-time graduate medicine (through Sydney Medical School)

Sydney Medical School offers a series of alternate pathways into the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. Students can combine an approved undergraduate degree with the four-year graduate-entry Medical Program. See the Combined Medicine chapter for more information about the combined medicine programs.

Further information about the combined degree program is available on the web at:

Graduate-entry Medicine

Duration: four years full-time (through Sydney Medical School)

The University of Sydney Medical Program is organised into four curriculum themes which describe the important professional characteristics students will acquire by the completion of the program.

The four themes are:

  • Basic and clinical sciences
  • Patient and doctor
  • Population medicine
  • Personal and professional development

The themes provide the framework for the goals of the program, the curriculum and assessment. The learning within the four themes necessarily overlaps and their program objectives should therefore be read as a single collective statement. Students are required to demonstrate satisfactory performance in all four themes.

Medicine and Master of Philosophy

Duration: four years full-time (through Sydney Medical School)

During your studies you are permitted to study up to a maximum of 12 credit points per semester in addition to your medical program studies.

Students wishing to pursue or continue an interest in research may be able to enrol in a combined Medicine/Master of Philosophy(MBBS/MPhil) program.

This program will require students to undertake intensive periods of research, usually during the end of year break, over the four years of graduate-entry Medicine study.

For up to date details on eligibility and application requirements visit:

Further information about the MPhil program can be found in the Postgraduate Research Studies chapter.

Medicine and other postgraduate coursework programs

Some students combine their MBBS studies with a postgraduate coursework degree. Students are permitted to study up to a maximum of 12 credit points per semester in addition to medical program studies.

Further information can be found in the Postgraduate Coursework Studies chapter and the related program sections.