Double Degree Medicine - Undergraduate entry

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

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). 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

*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. ATAR: To be considered, you must have a very high ATAR or equivalent (for 2015 entry it is expected to be 99.95 for domestic applicants, and 99.50 for international applicants**); and
  2. satisfactory performance in an interview.

*Selection for B Music Studies/Doctor of Medicine is on the basis of ATAR or equivalent (expected to be 99.50 for 2015 entry, and possibly higher in future intakes) 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 selected for the Medicine interview.

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

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

Domestic applicants

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

Please note that all applicants for Music Studies-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 the current year; or
  • undertaking the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 in the current year.

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 the current year.

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 Music Studies-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.

Late results

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. If their results are not available in time to be considered for the 2015 intake (that is, prior to the issue of invitations to the January 2015 interviews) they 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) prior to completing the supplementary form; and
  2. complete this supplementary form and upload certified copies of their qualifications and the date that their results were released between 1 March and 30 September 2015.

If eligible, they will be invited to an interview in January 2016 for the 2016 intake.

Note: Applicants whose results will be released in time to be invited to an interview in January 2015 should not complete the supplementary form.

Applicants who completed secondary school in 2013

Eligible applicants who completed their secondary school qualification in 2013 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 see above) prior to completing the supplementary form; and
  2. complete this supplementary form and upload certified copies of their qualifications and the date that their results were released by 30 September 2014.

If eligible, they will be invited to an interview in January 2015 for the 2015 intake.

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 study students will undertake studies in their first chosen area (Commerce, Economics, Music or Science).

Students are required to complete 3 subjects in the Science Faculty (Biology, Physics and Chemistry).

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

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

Students must complete their bachelor's degree in minimum time and maintain, as a minimum, a credit average in that degree, this being the minimum level of academic performance required for admission to candidature for the Doctor of Medicine.

To remain in the Double Degree Medicine program students must:

  • complete 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 program
  • satisfactorily complete a zero credit point unit of study in the first three years of the program
  • satisfactorily complete three subjects in the Science Faculty (Biology Physics and Chemistry)*


*Not applicable to Science-Medicine candidates

Most students enrolled in Double Degree Medicine who have met all the requirements of their first degree (as specified in the Double Degree Medicine resolutions) will be able to begin the MD without being required to sit for 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 MD. However there are exceptions (see below):

  • United States of America citizens/nationals/permanent residents: These applicants, regardless of whether they are also a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than the United States of America, 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 US 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 MD.
  • 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 attend an interview. They will then be ranked in the same way as applicants for the graduate entry Doctor of Medicine.

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

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

2015

Date

Event

January

TBA

Interviews for main round offers will be held.

 

Tue 6

Info Day will be held

 

TBA

Closing date for change of preferences for main round offers. 

 

TBA

Interviews for late round offers will be held.

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 join the interview in January 2016 for 2016 intake. Please visit Late results for further details.

 

TBA

Closing date for change of preferences for late round offers

Note:
*Dates listed as TBA will be published as soon as they have been finalised.
*Music Studies-Medicine applicants must also attend and pass an audition/interview required by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to be considered for an interview.

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.
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.

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 opportunitites

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.