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Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine

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Overview

This double degree gives you the opportunity to study science before undertaking medicine. This pathway allows school leavers who have achieved exceptional results to commence a three-year undergraduate science degree followed by the four-year Doctor of Medicine (MD). With a deeper understanding of the scientific fundamentals that underpin medicine, you will be better prepared for any career in medicine from specialisation to research and teaching. This program is delivered by the Faculty of Science and Sydney Medical School.

Sydney Medical School offers unparalleled opportunities to study medicine in Australia. Our graduates play leading roles in health fields in all corners of the globe. Our world-class research includes programs in diseases which affect millions of lives, such as cancer, obesity, chronic disease and ageing, neurosciences and mental health, infectious diseases, and reproductive, maternal and child health. When you study medicine 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.

In the Faculty of Science you will be taught by the best and most dedicated scientific thinkers, including members of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Research Council Fellows and many staff members who have won prestigious prizes such as the Prime Minister's Prizes for Science and Eureka Prizes. You will learn in world-class facilities, including the multi-million-dollar Sydney Nanoscience Hub building and the Charles Perkins Centre for diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

As a graduate of the Double Degree Medicine program you will be committed to rational, compassionate healthcare and medical research of the highest quality. Our graduates maintain lifelong, self-directed learning and pursue evidence-based medical practice. They initiate, lead and support advances in clinical medicine, research, education and community service.

Subject areas

You are required to choose one major from the Bachelor of Science listing below and a second major or minor either from your faculty options or from our shared pool of majors and minors. During your Bachelor of Science, you will also complete 18 credit points of foundational knowledge units for medicine plus a zero credit point subject in Medicine.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

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Completion requirements

B Science/MD students may undertake the Bachelor of Science in either the Medical Science stream and/or the Dalyell Scholars program.

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 BSc/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 Science 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 Science, 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 Science to continue in the double degree as this is the minimum achievement required for admission into the Doctor of Medicine.

Assumed knowledge

See below information on prerequisites for this course. 

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

  • secondary education qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents).  An ATAR of 99.95 or equivalent is required.
  •  an assessment process including a written assessment and a panel discussion.
  • English language requirements where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

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 2019 intake (ie prior to the issue of invitations to the January 2019 assessment), you may be eligible to apply for the 2020 intake. Assessment dates are not negotiable and eligible candidates must attend the first assessment day after the release of their ATAR results. For more information on the application process and timeline, visit sydney.edu.au/medicine/study/md/double-degrees.php.

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants (a minimum ATAR of 90 to be considered) and E12 applicants (a minimum ATAR of 99.5 to be considered). Eligible applicants will be invited to attend the assessment process after ATAR results are released. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites
Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* or band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2) from 2019, if you are completing a senior secondary (year 12) qualification in Australia. For details including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Quota
Each year, up to 30 domestic and 10 international places can be offered for the DDMP.

Timeline for 2019 admission

Please note:

  1. All dates below are subject to change
  2. Times and dates listed are Sydney, Australia time
  3. Last updated: 20 August 2018
  • Wed 1 August 2018: E12 applications open.
  • Tue 18 September 2018: Assessment via Skype for international applicants
  • Fri 28 September 2018: Close of on time UAC applications; E12 applications close
  • Wed 31 October 2018: Close of international direct applications to the University
  • Fri 14 December 2018: ATARs released; close of adding the BSc/DMD as a preference to be considered for the Assessment on 17 Dec
  • Sun 16 December 2018: Change of preference closing date for UAC December Round 2
  • Mon 17 December 2018: Assessment day - assessment dates are not negotiable and eligible candidates must attend the first assessment day after the release of their ATAR results.
  • Thu 20 December 2018: UAC December Round 2 offers released
  • Tue 15 January 2019: Close of adding the BSc/DMD as a preference to be considered for the Assessment on 21 January
  • Mon 21 Jan 2019: Change of preference closing date for UAC January Round 2; Assessment day - assessment dates are not negotiable and eligible candidates must attend the first assessment day after the release of their ATAR results.
  • TBC Jan 2019: Assessment via Skype for international applicants.
  • Fri 25 Jan 2019: UAC January Round 2 offers released

*Assessment dates are not negotiable and eligible candidates must attend the first assessment day after the release of their ATAR results.

Domestic applicants MUST attend an assessment in person unless they are under mandatory obligations (e.g. National Service) at the time of assessment. In which case, alternative arrangements will be made, such as an assessment via Skype

Course opportunities

You may undertake the Bachelor of Science in either the Medical Science stream and/or the Dalyell Scholars program. If you achieve a high ATAR you may be invited to join this program.

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.

Important information

Professional accreditation

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Medicine double degree 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. 

Deferral

  • Deferral of enrolment following an 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.

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 assessment, will not be considered for admission to the DDMP. 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 the Bachelor of Science/MD or the Bachelor of Arts/MD to obtain credit/advanced standing or exemptions for previous tertiary studies.

Additional requirements

Most students enrolled in the DDMP who have met all the requirements of their bachelor's degree will be permitted to begin the MD 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 assessment selection process for entry into the Doctor of Medicine.

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

Impermissible conduct

Sydney Medical School reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject an application for admission or 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 (but are not limited to):

  • 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.

Future study options

There are opportunities for further study either between your Bachelor of Science course and Doctor of Medicine, or after you have completed the double degree. If you are interested in medical research, you may with to pursue an honours course which involves an extra year of study and research. You can do so either by suspending your candidature from the Doctor of Medicine degree for one year, or after completion of the double degree. You may also wish to complete a postgraduate coursework program to concentrate on an area of interest or to diversify your studies. The Faculty of Science offers a range of science-based postgraduate courses at the level of graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master's degree levels.

Career Pathways

Our science and medical graduates are in high demand and can be found in roles and careers including:

  • general practitioner or specialist
  • surgeon
  • researcher
  • pharmaceutical industry
  • consulting
  • teaching
  • medical administration
  • communication.

We’ve reimagined the Sydney Undergraduate Experience – the way we teach and the way you’ll learn – to prepare you for a future full of possibilities.

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.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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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