Medicine at Sydney


At Sydney Medical School we offer two entry pathways for students to study medicine:



There are also options available for combining the study of Medicine with other postgraduate study programs:

Double Degree Medicine - Undergraduate entry

Duration: approved undergraduate degree duration (through the relevant faculty) usually three years full-time plus four years full-time graduate MD program (through Sydney Medical School)

Sydney Medical School offers a series of alternate pathways into the field of Medicine. Students can combine an approved undergraduate degree with the four-year graduate entry MD program. See the Double Medicine page for more information about the Double Degree Medicine programs.

The following MD and undergraduate degree options are available:

  • B Music Studies-Doctor of Medicine
  • B Science (Advanced)-Doctor of Medicine
  • B Medical Science-Doctor of Medicine
  • B Commerce-Doctor of Medicine
  • B Economics-Doctor of Medicine

Further information about Double Degree Medicine is available on the Double Medicine page.

Doctor of Medicine (Graduate entry)

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

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program is a four-year professional postgraduate program and is recognised by the Australian Medical Council and the Medical Board of Australia. Sydney Medical School has been training practitioners for almost 160 years and is highly ranked both within Australia and internationally. With an extensive and closely linked network of research institutes and major hospitals, our teachers, clinicians and researchers are directly involved at every level in improving health care for our own communities and overseas.

The MD will meet the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) criteria for a level 9 Masters Degree (Extended).

Features of the award program include:

  • an integrated learning curriculum including a research methodology component
  • problem-based learning with online support
  • clinical experience at leading hospitals from the second week
  • a research or capstone project
  • research opportunities at world-leading institutions
  • encouragement to undertake international electives
  • in-depth exposure to rural clinical practice.

The program is organised into four main 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.

Find out more about the Doctor of Medicine – MD.

Doctor of Medicine and a Master by Research

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

Students wishing to pursue or continue an interest in research may be able to enrol in a combined Doctor of Medicine/Master of Philosophy 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.

Find out about our research on our Research at Sydney Medical page.

Medicine and other postgraduate coursework programs

Some students combine their medical studies with a postgraduate coursework degree.

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

Medical students have the opportunity to complete a Master of Public Health, a Master of International Public Health or a Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) in conjunction with their medical studies.