Double Degree Medicine - Undergraduate entry

Overview
Summary
Selection criteria
Quota
How to apply
Timeline for 2015 admission
Late results
Special consideration
No exemptions and advanced standing
Scholarships
Areas of study and progression
Impermissible conduct
Change in immigration status
Professional recognition and career opportunities
Other essential information for applicants

Important message

Many applicants with pending GCE A-Levels results that are scheduled to be released on 21 January 2015 have contacted the University of Sydney in the hope that their late results will be received by the University in time to be considered for 2015 entry to Double Degree Medicine.

The University has reviewed this issue and determined that an additional round of interviews for Double Degree Medicine will be conducted in early February 2015 to accommodate eligible candidates who:

  • completed their GCE A-Levels in 2014; and
  • are scheduled to have their results released on 21 January 2015.

Other applicants will NOT be eligible to attend this additional round of interviews.

(Please note that interviews are likely to be held on Thursday 5 February 2015, but this proposed date is subject to change in the event of any delays.)
To comply with Sydney Medical School policy, eligible domestic applicants must attend an interview in person on the main campus of the University of Sydney. International applicants can choose to attend an interview in person or via Skype.

Please note that although A-Levels results will be released by Cambridge International Examinations on 21 January 2015, the earliest the University will receive those verified results is 28 January 2015. The University will not be in a position to invite eligible candidates for interview until at least that date.

If you believe that you are eligible for interview and the University has not contacted you by 5pm on Monday 2 February 2015 (Sydney, Australia time), please call +61 2 9351 7864 or 9351 2404 from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday 3 February (Sydney, Australia time) to check your eligibility. (It is unnecessary to contact the University and/or Sydney Medical School before 2 February as we might not have your results by then.)

We advise that no other additional interviews will be scheduled, and that no appeals or special requests to the University including the Dean, Admissions Committee or any other members or offices of the University or faculty, will be considered. Applicants are discouraged from submitting such appeals or requests.

Overview

The Double Degree Medicine pathway allows school leavers to combine an approved three-year undergraduate degree with the four-year graduate-entry Doctor of Medicine (MD). Please note that entry into Double Degree Medicine is extremely competitive.

The following Double Degree Medicine programs are available:

  • B Commerce/Doctor of Medicine
  • B Economics/Doctor of Medicine
  • B Music Studies/Doctor of Medicine
  • B Science (Advanced)/Doctor of Medicine
  • B Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine
  • B Science (Advanced)/Doctor of Medicine (for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants only)
  • B Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine (for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants only)
Summary

 

COMMERCE/MD

ECONOMICS/MD

MUSIC STUDIES/MD

SCIENCE/MD

SCIENCE/MD (FOR INDIGENOUS SCHOOL-LEAVERS)

LENGTH:

7 FT

7 FT

7 FT

7 FT

7 FT

ATAR:

EXPECTED SCORES

Domestic 99.95

International 99.50

Domestic 99.95

International 99.50

Domestic 99.50*

International 99.50

Domestic 99.95

International 99.50

Domestic 95.00

 

MAJOR STUDIES:

As listed for the BCommerce and MD

As listed for the BEconomics and MD

As listed for the BMus Studies and MD

As listed for the BSc(Adv) or BMedSc, and MD

As listed for the BSc(Adv) or BMedSc, and MD

ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE:

Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1

Mathematics. Other assumed knowledge depends on first year units selected.

Music 2

Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1. Other assumed knowledge depends on Science degree chosen. All students in the Science-Medicine program must take some units of study in mathematics

Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1. Other assumed knowledge depends on Science degree chosen. All students in the Science-Medicine program must take some units of study in mathematics

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA

Interview

Interview

Interview + Audition

Interview

Interview

*Expected to be 99.50 for 2015 entry, and possibly higher in future intakes.

Selection criteria

Admission to Double Degree Medicine 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 competitive and the selection criteria include*:

  1. a very high ATAR (see above**); and
  2. satisfactory performance in an interview***.

Note: No Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) results are required.

*Selection for B Music Studies/Doctor of Medicine is on the basis of ATAR or equivalent and successful performance in an interview and/or audition conducted by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Only applicants who meet these two requirements will be invited to attend the Medicine interview.

**International applicants: please refer to the conversion table at http://sydney.edu.au/future-students/international/undergraduate/entry-requirements/academic-requirements.php for further information.

***Interviews for Double Degree Medicine will be held in January 2015. Eligible applicants will be contacted by email or telephone. If you believe that you are eligible for interview and you have not been contacted, please call 1800 793 864 (from inside Australia) or +61 2 8627 1444 (from outside Australia) before January 2015 to check your eligibility.

Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Please refer to the English Language Proficiency Requirements for details.

Quota

Up to 30 domestic and 10 international places will be offered for admission to Double Degree Medicine in 2015. An additional five places in the B Science (Advanced)/Doctor of Medicine or B Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine pathways will be offered each year to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants who obtain an ATAR of 95 or higher.

How to apply

Applicants are eligible to apply for admission to Double Degree Medicine at the first opportunity after graduating from high school, regardless of when their results become available. Applicants whose results will not be available in time to be considered for the 2015 intake (that is, prior to the issue of invitations to the January 2015 interviews) must visit Late results for further details

Domestic applicants

Domestic applicants are required to apply through the Universities Admissions Centre.

Please note that all applicants for the BMusic Studies/Doctor of Medicine need to submit an application for audition/interview as required by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Please check their website for the timeline and procedure.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants who wish to apply for the B Science (Advanced)/Doctor of Medicine and/or B Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine must also apply through the Cadigal Alternative Entry Pathway. Potential Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Lilon Bandler for more information and support. Please call +61 2 9036 7577 or email .

International applicants

You must apply through UAC if you are an international fee-paying applicant who is:

  • attempting an Australian Year 12 qualification in 2014; or
  • undertaking the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 in 2014.

You may apply either directly to the University of Sydney or through UAC if you are an international fee-paying applicant who is:

  • attempting an International Baccalaureate in Australia in 2014.

If you are an international fee-paying applicant not undertaking a qualification listed above, please apply through the University of Sydney by 31 October 2014.

Please note that all applicants for the BMusic Studies/Doctor of Medicine need to submit an application for audition/interview as required by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Please check their website for the timeline and procedure.

Timeline for 2015 admission

2014

Date

Event

September

Midnight Tue 30

Closing date for on time UAC applications

October

Fri 31

Closing date for international applications to the University (direct applications)

December

Mon 1

Skype interviews for international students will take place.

 

Fri 19

Closing date for adding a Double Degree Medicine program as a preference to be considered for the main round interviews on 5 January.

2015

Date

Event

January

Mon 5

Interviews for main round offers will be held. Domestic applicants MUST attend this interview in person.

 

Tue 6

Info Day will be held

 

Wed 7

Closing date for adding a Double Degree Medicine program as a preference to be considered for the late round interviews on 23 January.

Closing date for change of preferences for main round offers. 

 

Mon 12

Skype interviews for international students will take place.

 

Fri 23

Interviews for late round offers will be held. Domestic applicants MUST attend this interview in person.

Students whose results are NOT available in time to be considered for the 2015 intake interviews are required to submit a supplementary form and upload certified copies of their qualifications and the date that their results were released. If eligible, they will be invited to attend an interview in January 2016 for the 2016 intake. Please visit Late results for further details.

 

Tue 27

Closing date for change of preferences for late round offers

February

Fri 5

Additional round of interviews for Double Degree Medicine will be conducted to accommodate eligible candidates who:
•     completed their GCE A-Levels in 2014; and
•     are scheduled to have their results released on 21 January 2015.

Other applicants will NOT be eligible to attend this additional round of interviews.

NOTE: This date is subject to change.

NOTE:
1) All dates above are subject to change
2) Times and dates listed are Sydney, Australia time
3) Last updated: 12/12/2014

Late results

Applicants whose results will not be available in time to be considered for the 2015 intake (that is, prior to the issue of invitations to the January 2015 interviews) are required to:

  1. submit a formal application to the Universities Admissions Centre or the University of Sydney for 2016 entry in accordance with the normal procedure (see above); and
  2. (after submitting a formal application) complete a supplementary form and upload certified copies of their qualifications and the date that their results were released. The 2016 supplementary form will be posted here after 1 March 2015.

Eligible applicants will be invited to an interview in January 2016 for the 2016 intake.

Note: Applicants whose results will be released prior to the issue of invitations to the January 2015 interviews should not complete the supplementary form.

Applicants who completed secondary school in 2013

Applicants who completed their secondary school qualification in 2013 and whose results were NOT available in time to be considered for the 2014 intake (that is, prior to the issue of invitations to the 22 January 2014 interviews) are required to:

  1. submit a formal application to the Universities Admissions Centre or the University of Sydney for 2015 entry in accordance with the normal procedure (see above); and
  2. (after submitting a formal application) complete the 2015 supplementary form and upload certified copies of their qualifications and the date that their results were released by 30 September 2014.

Eligible applicants will be invited to an interview in January 2015 for the 2015 intake.

Special Consideration

In the interest of equity and fairness to all applicants, those applicants who do not meet the admission criteria, including the required ATAR (or equivalent) and performance in the interview, will not be considered for admission to Double Degree Medicine. The ATAR (or equivalent) requirements shall apply, regardless of circumstances such as illness, misadventure or disadvantage during secondary school or high school studies.

No exemptions and advanced standing

It is not possible for candidates enrolled in a Double Degree Medicine program to obtain credit/advanced standing or exemptions for previous tertiary studies.

Scholarships

Domestic candidates for Double Degree Medicine who achieve an ATAR of 99.95 will automatically be offered an Outstanding Achievement Award. No application is necessary.

Areas of study and progression

In the first three years of Double Degree Medicine, students will undertake their bachelor's degree (Commerce, Economics, Music, Science or Medical Science).

Students are required to complete at least three undergraduate subjects in Science (Biology, Physics and Chemistry).

Students are also required to complete a zero-credit point subject during their bachelor's degree. This subject involves students undertaking a one week observational study of their choosing.

Prior to commencing their observational study, students are required to comply with Sydney Medical School student requirements for entering NSW Health facilities.

To remain in Double Degree Medicine program, all students must:

  • complete their bachelor's degree in minimum time;
  • complete undergraduate units of study having a total value of at least 144 credit points;
  • maintain a credit average or above in each of the first three years of the bachelor’s degree;
  • satisfactorily complete a zero credit point unit of study in the first three years of the program
  • satisfactorily complete at least three subjects in Science (Biology Physics and Chemistry)
Additional requirements (if applicable) prior to entry into the MD

Most students enrolled in Double Degree Medicine who have met all the requirements of their bachelor's degree (as specified in the Double Degree Medicine resolutions) will be permitted to begin the Doctor of Medicine without being required to sit the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) or the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT), or participate in the interview selection process for entry into the Doctor of Medicine. However there are exceptions:

  • United States of America citizens/nationals/permanent residents: Citizens, nationals and permanent residents of the USA, regardless of whether they are also a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than the USA, are required to submit Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) results. MCAT results are required so that Sydney Medical School can comply with US Department of Education requirements to become eligible, and remain eligible, to participate in the US direct loan scheme. The University is required to provide the Department with lists containing MCAT results and the number of times that American students have sat MCAT (but without students' names). There is no minimum requirement for MCAT results, but MCAT results must be provided prior to entry into the Doctor of Medicine.
  • Double Degree Medicine students applying for a Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship Scheme Place
    Double Degree Medicine students who wish to apply for a Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship (MRBS) Scheme place will be required to sit GAMSAT and to attend an interview. They will then be ranked in the same way as applicants for graduate entry Doctor of Medicine. Double Degree Medicine students whose application for a MRBS Scheme place is unsuccessful will retain their Commonwealth Supported place in the Doctor of Medicine.

Note: Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship Scheme places are dependent on continuing Commonwealth Department of Health approval and funding.

Impermissible conduct

Sydney Medical School reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to vary or cancel an offer of admission if your conduct prior to enrolment causes the Medical School to form the view that you are unsuitable for admission to the Doctor of Medicine.

Examples of conduct that might make you unsuitable for admission to the Doctor of Medicine include:

  • failure to treat University of Sydney employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community with respect and courtesy, including failure to use appropriate language and tone in your written or verbal communications;
  • failure to act honestly and ethically in your dealings with University of Sydney employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community;
  • conduct that results in you being suspended or excluded from the University of Sydney;
  • conduct that gives Sydney Medical School reasonable cause to believe that enrolling you in clinical training may place you, your peers, or members of the public at risk of harm; and
  • conduct that results in you being charged with a criminal offence.
Change in immigration status

International applicants to Double Degree Medicine whose immigration status changes after they lodge their application should refer to the information on the University’s website at http://sydney.edu.au/future-students/international/undergraduate/predeparture-orientation/australian-student-visa.shtml.

Professional recognition and career opportunities

Graduates are eligible for registration by medical boards in all Australian states and territories and in New Zealand.

One year of internship is required prior to full registration. Most junior doctors make their career choice during their second postgraduate year, most commonly opting for general practice or one of the other specialties.

Other careers for graduates include medical research, teaching, medical administration, medical communication or journalism, consulting and overseas aid work.

Other essential information for applicants

Please visit the website at http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/future-students/medical-program/other-information.php for details.




N.B. Sydney Medical School regularly reviews the admission criteria and application processes for its courses, including Double Degree Medicine. It reserves the right to change these criteria and processes without notice. Information on this website provides advice about the currently applicable criteria and processes, and may not be correct for future application periods.