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Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine

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Overview

Our double degree 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.

Why study with us? 

  • As a Bachelor of Science student 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.
  • The Doctor of Medicine is fully accredited by the Australian Medical Council. Graduates are eligible for provisional registration as interns in any Australian state or territory, and in New Zealand. 
  • We focus on small group, team-based learning and integrating theory with practice in the MD. 
  • Our Doctor of Medicine program increases clinical exposure and immersion throughout your degree in rural and urban settings with integration into medical teams. Students are directly supervised on wards, in clinics and in community settings by experienced clinicians and educators.
  • The entire fourth-year of the MD program acts as a pre-internship, giving students full clinical immersion.  
  • Clinical knowledge, reasoning and other skills are built on a foundation of biomedical sciences. 
  • Early patient contact. You will gain hands-on experience from as early as your second week of the MD program. 
  • We have an extensive network of clinical schools and teaching hospitals across New South Wales allowing our students access to a wide range of medical environments. 
  • The MD program offers dedicated time to complete a substantial research project in year three over a 14-week period. Students also have the opportunity to develop skills in specific areas (personalised pathways) through elective and selective studies.
  • You will have access to placement opportunities in both rural and international settings. For example, medical students can apply to undertake a one-year clinical placement in their third or fourth year at our School of Rural Health in Dubbo or Orange.
  • As a graduate of the Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine you will be committed to rational, compassionate healthcare and medical research of the highest quality. 

Who should study this course?

Students who have a passion for health care and who want to understand the science that underpins medicine should complete this double degree. 

Please note: In 2020 a new MD curriculum and course structure will be introduced as described above. These changes are pending approval from the Australian Medical Council in 2019. 

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

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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What you'll study

The Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD) double degree may be undertaken in seven years full-time. In this double degree you will enrol in units of study to the value of 48 credit points per year in the first three years in science.

In fourth-year you will progress to the graduate medical program. 

The MD program comprises of eight vertical themes that run through all four years of the course. These themes are: basic and clinical sciences, clinical skills, diagnostics and therapy, research, evidence and informatics, population health, indigenous health, ethics, law and professionalism and interprofessional teamwork.

In year one you will work through a number of blocks that cover all body systems from both basic science and clinical perspectives, with an emphasis on understanding the scientific foundations of clinical reasoning and clinical practice.

These key areas of study include: cardiovascular sciences, respiratory sciences, musculoskeletal/immunology, endocrine nutrition, renal urology, gastroenterology, sexual health and reproduction and neurosciences.

This ensures that the knowledge and problem-solving abilities which underpin medical practice have a strong scientific foundation.

During your first year, students will spend three to four days per week on the main University campus, with one day per week in our clinical schools.

In year two, students cover major aspects of clinical medicine and spend up to fifty per cent of their time in the clinical school. 

During year two, students will also be allocated to a research project that they will conduct in year three. The allocation will be based on personal experience and interest and supported by training in research methods in year two. The objective of the ‘MD Project’ is to add depth to aspects of the medical studies and give students the experience of developing, managing and reporting on a circumscribed project under supervision.

Students will have a number of options for their projects, ranging from an advanced clinical assignment to a small research project. The project will culminate in a written report or an article suitable for publication.

While practical clinical experience forms the basis for all learning in the latter two years of the Sydney Medical Program, it is accompanied by a structured teaching program. The balance between clerkship-based activities and scheduled sessions varies. In general, formal teaching sessions reduce in number and frequency as students move through year three and the main emphasis in year four is on preparation for practice.  This entails a full time, extended clinical placement in a hospital medical, surgical or general practice settings. Students work as part of the clinical multidisciplinary team under supervision, cementing and integrating the knowledge, skills and professional attributes they have developed over the program.

Additional information

For more information on course structure and for a program snapshot please:

Units of Study

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 during your first degree studies as specified under the BSc/MD course resolutions found in the respective Faculty Handbook.

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 also need to achieve an Annual Average Mark of at least 65.0 in each year of study in the Bachelor of Science to continue in the double degree, this being the minimum achievement required for admission into the Doctor of Medicine.

Failure to maintain the minimum progression 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.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Medical Science Major Physics Elective Maths Psychology Major
  2 Medical Science Major Biology Maths Psychology Major
2 1 Medical Science Major OLE (Cultural Competence: Fundamentals) Elective Minor/Major
  2 Medical Science Major OLE (Health Challenges: Allergy and Autoimmunity) Physics Elective Psychology Major
3 1 Medical Science Major Medical Science Major Psychology Major Psychology Major
  2 Medical Science Major Medical Science Major Psychology Major Psychology Major
4

Cardiovascular sciences

Respiratory sciences

Musculoskeletal/immunology 

Endocrine nutrition 

Renal urology

Gastroenterology 

Sexual health and reproduction 

Neurosciences

5 Clinical science and research methods block 
MD research project development
6

 

Four specialty rotations in psychiatry and addiction medicine, child and adolescent health, perinatal and women's health and critical care. 

14-week MD research project

 

7

Pre-internship year solidifying your knowledge and skills to prepare you for practice

Rotations through medicine, surgery and general practice. 

Elective period: opportunity to experience health care in another setting. 

Assumed knowledge

Refer to the relevant single degree Bachelor of Science.

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 2020 intake (ie prior to the issue of invitations to the January 2020 assessment), you may be eligible to apply for the 2021 intake. Assessment dates are not negotiable and eligible candidates must attend the first assessment day after the release of their ATAR results.  

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.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for this course.

Prerequisites

It is a requirement that all students have completed mathematics (achieving an equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* OR band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2, if higher level maths has been undertaken).

In 2019, the maths prerequisite will apply to domestic and international students completing a secondary education (year 12) qualification in Australia (including Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications taken outside Australia).

From 2020, the maths prerequisite applies to domestic students undertaking a secondary education qualification in Australia (including Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications taken outside Australia), higher education studies (e.g. bachelor’s degree, diploma) and approved preparation programs.  

From 2020, it will also apply to international students undertaking a secondary education qualification or an approved preparation or foundation program, in Australia (this includes Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications and foundation programs undertaken outside 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 (this includes both the Bachelor of Arts/Doctor of Medicine and the Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine double degrees).

Timeline for 2020 entry

Please note: All dates below are subject to change. Times and dates listed are Sydney, Australia time. This information was last updated on 19 September 2019.

  • Wed 3 April 2019: UAC applications open; E12 applications open
  • Mon 30 September 2019: Online assessment for international applicants
  • Mon 30 September 2019: Close of on time UAC applications; E12 applications close
  • Thu 31 October 2019: Close of direct applications to the University
  • Sun 15 December 2019: Close of adding the BSc/MD as a preference to be considered for the Assessment on 20 Dec
  • Tue 17 December 2019: ATARs released
  • Fri 20 December 2019: Assessment day - assessment dates are not negotiable and eligible candidates must attend the first assessment day after the release of their ATAR results.
  • Mon 23 December 2019: UAC December Round 2 offers released
  • Tue 14 January 2020: Close of adding the BSc/MD as a preference to be considered for the Assessment on 20 January
  • Mon 20 Jan 2020: 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 2020: Online assessment for international applicants.
  • Thu 23 Jan 2020: UAC January Round 2 offers released

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

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 Science 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 will be considered ONLY if applicants are required to fulfill mandatory obligations (e.g. National Service).
  • Requests for deferral of enrolment 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.
  • 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 double degree. 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 to obtain credit/advanced standing or exemptions for previous tertiary studies.

Additional requirements

Most students enrolled in this double degree 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 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 the double degree 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.

Career Pathways

  • General practitioner or specialist
  • Surgeon
  • Researcher
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Consulting
  • Teaching
  • Medical administration
  • Communications
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 and the Faculty of Medicine and Health offer a range of postgraduate courses at the graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master's degree levels to extend your learning.

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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


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: 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/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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, protective 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

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/American Express/JCB surcharge


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