Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M3N)

Overview  2020

ATAR

No Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

:
See entry requirements

Duration

mode.loadCategory not equal to Part Time
Minimum 5 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1

Commonwealth Supported places available

ATAR

No Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

:
See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 5 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1
Domestic applications for the MBBS must be received by 5:00pm on Monday 30th September, 2019. No late applications will be considered. Find international closing dates here.

This on-campus full time course takes a minimum of five (5) years to complete. Years 1-3 of the course are based in Hobart at the Medical Science Precinct, with short placements in rural communities around the State.

In Years 4 and 5, students have the opportunity to complete their degree at the Hobart Clinical School, the Launceston Clinical School or the Rural Clinical School in Burnie. Years 4 and 5 will involve a series of clinical rotations, including some electives.

The five (5) year MBBS will provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to undertake supervised practice as interns in Australia or New Zealand and an appropriate foundation for lifelong learning and further training in any branch of medicine. The scientific basis of medicine and its clinical application will be taught in an integrated manner which will provide not only clinical relevance, across the five (5) years, but also highlight the ethical and professional aspects of medical practice.

All students enrolling in Faculty of Health programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation.

Please see the Safety in Practice information on this page for further details.

Professional Experience Placement (PEP) is Work Integrated Learning, which enables students to implement new knowledge, skills and attitudes in the workplace environment. The aim of PEP is to immerse students in the professional healthcare culture and to gain a better understanding of the diverse roles of the registered professionals within the health care system in Australia.

Career outcomes

"The facilities available to medical students at the University of Tasmania are world-class, and the doctors that lecture and tutor us are genuinely interested in helping students learn."

Benjamin Dodds, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery

Once you've completed the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery, you'll be eligible for provisional registration to work in approved hospitals whilst undertaking training as an intern for one year.

On successful completion of your internship you can gain full registration to work in Australia and New Zealand and can choose, if you wish, to study in an area of specialisation, whilst continuing to work.

Graduates can then choose to specialise in one of a number of fields such as general practice, anaesthesia, dermatology, obstetrics and gynaecology, geriatric medicine, paediatrics, pathology, psychiatry, radiology or surgery.

Graduates may also become medical administrators in hospitals or government departments, or medical academics involved with teaching and medical research.

Course structure

In this course you will learn the basic science of medicine and how it's applied in a clinical environment - along with the ethical and professional elements of practice.

From your very first year you will be gaining first-hand experience through professional practice placements, while your course work brings together case-based learning with a range of opportunities to expand your expertise - from anatomy dissection to acquiring clinical skills.

Year 1-3

Students will undertake predominantly campus-based learning programs, including lectures, tutorials and practical classes. Patient contact will be introduced in the first year and be experienced in a variety of environments, exposing students to a range of health-care practices with an emphasis on community, particularly rural learning. This experience will produce graduates with the flexibility to adapt to a range of health-care environments in their future careers. Year 3 will provide the transitional year to clinical settings

Years 4-5

Students will be involved in a series of clinical rotations including some electives. Learning in conjunction with other health professionals will be encouraged, to assist graduates develop team skills and foster a multi-disciplinary approach of health-care. Students will also undertake the final two (2) years of the course in clinical placements at one of the three Clinical Schools:

  • Hobart Clinical School
  • Launceston Clinical School
  • Rural Clinical School

Students will be allocated to any of these three Clinical Schools and should expect to spend at least one (1) of the final two (2) years of the course at the Rural Clinical School or the Launceston Clinical School

By the time you have finished your fifth and final year of study, you will possess the skills, knowledge and attitudes to begin supervised practice as an intern in Australia or New Zealand and you will have laid the foundations for a career that is always enlightening and endlessly rewarding.

The MBBS Curriculum

The MBBS curriculum has four (4) Domains as an organising principle under which the learning outcomes are grouped and assessed. They incorporate the University of Tasmania's generic graduate profile and the Australian Medical Council recommendations regarding knowledge, skills and attitudes of a medical graduate in Australia and New Zealand.

The four Domains are:

  • Science and Scholarship (the medical graduate as scientist and scholar)
  • Clinical Practice (the medical graduate as practitioner)
  • Health and Society (the medical graduate as a health advocate) and
  • Professionalism and Leadership (the medical graduate as a professional and leader).

The curriculum uses a learner-centred approach; specifically, it seeks to help students realign their thinking in response to encounters with new information or situations. Teaching and learning strategies have been designed to challenge students to explore their current concepts and develop new thinking.

Another important principle is that of 'situated' learning which encourages engagement and enhances recall. There will be a focus on regular (weekly) Case Based Learning (CBL) activities to aid integration and highlight important concepts.

Schedule

This foundations unit will give students a framework on which to base their undergraduate medical studies. This includes the structural and functional organisation of the human body, beginning with the study of biomolecules and cells, the classification and types of…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This second foundations unit introduces the normal structure and function of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, basic pathological processes including inflammation and neoplasia, and antimicrobial therapies and laboratory diagnosis of infectious disease. Clinical cases focus on the bones, joints, muscles,…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit sees students moving into a more clinically focussed environment, through the study of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. As in first year, the weeks are organised around cases, with accompanying material delivered by lectures, tutorials, practicals and on-line…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit builds on preceding units by introducing the student to the gastrointestinal, renal and reproductive systems. Students will explore clinical conditions associated with the gastrointestinal, renal and reproductive systems and develop an understanding of the relevant basic medical sciences…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

CAM304 rounds out the fundamentals of systems-based clinical science, covering neuroscience, endocrinology and pathology. Concurrently, students undertake clinical rotations in hospital and community settings, integrating their scientific knowledge with clinical practice, developing their skills in history taking, examination and basic…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1 (MBBS Years 3-5 only)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

CAM305 strengthens the foundations for clinical practice as students develop and apply their clinico-pathological knowledge and history taking and examination skills in the clinical setting. Concurrently, students undertake further clinical rotations in both hospital and community settings, with an emphasis…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2 (MBBS Years 3-5 only)
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is an integrated Clinical Placement year. Students are placed in a range of clinical attachments. Student learning outcomes are organised to deliver the Australian Medical Council, AMC, medical student outcomes. This unit is integrated with the programme in…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1 (MBBS Years 3-5 only)
LauncestonSemester 1 (MBBS Years 3-5 only)
Cradle CoastSemester 1 (MBBS Years 3-5 only)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is an integrated Clinical Placement year. Students are placed in a range of clinical attachments. Student learning outcomes are organised to deliver the Australian Medical Council, AMC, medical student outcomes. This unit is integrated with the programme in…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2 (MBBS Years 3-5 only)
LauncestonSemester 2 (MBBS Years 3-5 only)
Cradle CoastSemester 2 (MBBS Years 3-5 only)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is an integrated Clinical Placement year. Students are placed in a range of clinical attachments. Student learning outcomes are organised to deliver the Australian Medical Council, AMC, medical student outcomes. This unit is integrated with the programme in…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1 (MBBS Years 3-5 only)
LauncestonSemester 1 (MBBS Years 3-5 only)
Cradle CoastSemester 1 (MBBS Years 3-5 only)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is an integrated Clinical Placement year. Students are placed in a range of clinical attachments. Student learning outcomes are organised to deliver the Australian Medical Council, AMC, medical student outcomes. This unit is integrated with the programme in…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2 (MBBS Years 3-5 only)
LauncestonSemester 2 (MBBS Years 3-5 only)
Cradle CoastSemester 2 (MBBS Years 3-5 only)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

Applications for the MBBS must be received by 5:00pm on Monday 30th September 2019. No late applications will be considered.

MBBS entry requirements for international applicants can be found here.

If you're interested in studying the Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery in 2020 you'll need to meet the following requirements:

Entry Requirements – DOMESTIC APPLICANTS

A  If you've just finished school (year 12 leaver):

1. A minimum ATAR score of 95* or higher.

*Adjustment factors may apply to year 12 leaver applicants via the Rural Application Process (RAP) Rural Application Process (RAP)

2. Prerequisite subjects (English and Chemistry):

English

  • Year 12 English Communications (ENG315117 or equivalent); or
  • Year 12 English Literature (ENL315114 or equivalent); or
  • Year 12 English Writing (ENW315114 or equivalent)

Chemistry

  • Year 12 Chemistry (CHM415115 or equivalent).
  • UTAS Chemistry Foundation Unit (KRA001)]

Prerequisites must have been completed within the last five years.

3. A UCAT mean score greater than or equal to the 50th percentile (combined scores of the 4 cognitive sections, i.e. first 4 sections and excluding the situational judgement test).

RANKING: Applicants with an ATAR of 95 or more, Satisfactory Achievements in the subject prerequisites English and Chemistry and a UCAT mean score greater than or equal to the 50th percentile, will be ranked by ATAR score.

NOTE:

  • Year 12 school leaver applicants must not have previously commenced tertiary study. An ATAR score loses its currency after 5 years.
  • Applicants approved for an offer MUST be at least 17 years of age at course commencement

B  If you're a student who has commenced or completed tertiary level study (non-year 12 leaver):

The University of Tasmania predominantly admits year 12 school leavers to its MBBS degree (approximately 75 of 100 domestic places are for year 12 leavers).

To be eligible to apply for the MBBS as a non-year 12 applicant in 2019 (for 2020 commencement) you must be a current University of Tasmania Bachelor of Medical Research (53E or M3M) student. This will be the case for any non-year 12 students commencing from 2020-2022.

PLEASE NOTE: Students commencing the BMedRes in 2020 or later can apply to enter the MBBS only on completion of their course (with application in their third BMedRes year for MBBS entry in 2023 or later).

From 2023 there will be a quota of at least 50% (approximately 12 places) of non-year 12 entrants to MBBS from students completing the University of Tasmania Bachelor of Medical Research.

Non-year 12 leaver entry to the MBBS from 2023 will be on completion of a bachelor’s degree only (including the quota described above for the preferred pathway course the Bachelor of Medical Research).

For students who entered the Bachelor of Medical Research in 2017-2019:

Entry to the MBBS is through the following entry schemes (for entry in 2020-2022):

  • (i) BMedRes Competitive Entry Scheme – Domestic (for MBBS entry in 2020-2022 only):

Bachelor of Medical Research Competitive Entry Scheme allows students who entered the BMedRes in 2017-2019 to apply for the MBBS in 2020-2022 if they have:

The pre-requisite entry requirements:

1.  A UCAT mean score greater than or equal to the 50th percentile in their year of application to the MBBS (combined scores of the 4 cognitive sections, i.e. first 4 sections and excluding the situational judgement test).

2.  Average results in the BMedRes of the following (or greater):

  • Distinction average (70%) in Year 1 or 2; OR
  • Credit average (65%) by the end of Year 3

RANKING: Applicants in the BMedRes competitive entry scheme with a UCAT mean score greater than or equal to the 50th percentile and average results in the BMedRes that meet the pre-requisite entry requirements (see above), will be ranked on their average cumulative result in the BMedRes. Please note this is a highly competitive scheme and entry into MBBS is not guaranteed. Of approximately 40 students who met criteria for entry via the BMedRes competitive entry scheme in 2019, only 11 were successful in obtaining an offer.

NOTE:

  • Applicants need to complete a full-time load (100 credit points in an academic year) with no Leaves of Absence (or deferral), no failures and no credit or recognition of prior learning.
  • The number of places available in the BMedRes competitive entry scheme will be the number of Domestic Non-Year 12 Leaver places (approximately 25) minus the number of students already enrolled in the Guaranteed Entry Scheme (see below) who meet the eligibility criteria for that pathway to enter MBBS.
  • (ii) Guaranteed Entry Scheme – Domestic (CLOSED for new applicants)

The Guaranteed Entry Scheme is now closed to new applicants. Current students in the guaranteed entry scheme can continue under their pathway conditions for entry to MBBS until 2022.

If you are from a rural area:

You may be eligible for the Rural Application Process (RAP)

The University of Tasmania MBBS has a commonwealth quota of 50% rural students.

ATAR adjustment factors may be available to year 12 leaver rural applicants via the Rural Application Process.

Domestic non-year 12 leaver applicants who meet rural residency requirements should apply via the Rural Application Process (RAP) although they are not eligible for any adjustment factors.  This allows these applicants to be eligible for rural student funding and/or scholarships when available.

If you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Straight Islander:

You may be eligible for the Aboriginal Entry Application Process (AEAP)

The Aboriginal Entry Application Process has more flexible options to meet entry criteria for MBBS, a UCAT score is not required.

Bonded Medical Placements (BMPs)

The MBBS has a Commonwealth obligation to offer and enrol a certain number of students each year into rural bonded medical places with a target of approximately 30% of students.

Under the BMP Scheme, the Government funds a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) at a medical school at an Australian university. In exchange for a medical place, once they have graduated, bonded participants agree to work in an area of workforce shortage for a period outlined when they are offered a bonded medical place.

The BMP Scheme does not provide a scholarship.

BMP offers are made in both year 12 leaver and non-year 12 leaver pathways.

General Information about the (BMP) Scheme can be found at the Federal Government's Department of Health website http://www.health.gov.au/bmpscheme

What is UCAT?

All domestic applicants will be required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) ANZ https://www.ucat.edu.au/. The UCAT ANZ test will replace the UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) from 2019 (for university entry in 2020).

When assessing your application into the MBBS we use your UCAT result to help us determine your eligibility for entry.

Important things to remember about UCAT

  • The UCAT test takes place in July of the year you want to apply to attend University.
  • Registration and Booking is a 2-step process that takes place from March to May, see https://www.ucat.edu.au/
  • Your UCAT score only lasts for 12 months and therefore can only be used for university admission in the year following the test (i.e. 2019 test for entry in 2020). This means, if you don't get accepted into MBBS and decide to try again the following year, you will need to re-sit the UCAT.

Entry Requirements – INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

MBBS entry requirements for international applicants can be found here.

Please note the prerequisite subjects as well as the minimum entry and English language requirements. You are required to have an ISAT score to be considered for entry. Note also that there are four Offer Rounds with strict closing dates.

ISAT

If you are an international student applying into the course, you will need to sit the ISAT test. This test is like the UCAT test but has been created specifically for international students. For more information on ISAT please visit www.isat.acer.edu.au

BMedRes Entry Scheme – International

A quota of five places is allocated to the top-ranking international students from University of Tasmania Bachelor of Medical Research (BMedRes) who meet eligibility criteria to enter MBBS the year following completion of their BMedRes degree.

To be eligible for a place in the BMedRes applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Medical Research.

For the BMedRes International entry pathway students are required to undertake the 3 years of BMedRes, and then the 5 years of MBBS.Entry requirements (for MBBS following completion of BMedRes) International:

  1. A minimum ISAT score of 50 overall, and 50 in each band. ISAT will be required to be undertaken in the third (final) year of BMedRes.
  2. Average results in the BMedRes of a credit (65%) or greater over the entire course.

RANKING: Applicants will be ranked for entry into MBBS based on their average cumulative result in the BMedRes.

NOTE: Whilst they are students in the BMedRes, MBBS applicants need to complete a full-time load (100 credit points in an academic year) with no Leaves of Absence (or deferral), no failures and no credit or recognition of prior learning.

Guaranteed Entry Scheme – International (CLOSED)

The Guaranteed Entry Scheme is now closed to new applicants.

Internship positions

Please note that International Students are not guaranteed an intern position in Australia following completion of the course.  The intern year is necessary for full registration with the Medical Board of Australia.

Course Requirements

All students enrolling in University of Tasmania College of Health and Medicine programs (including MBBS) that include professional experience placements, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements documentation.

Please visit http://www.utas.edu.au/health/professional-experience-placement/safety-in-practice-requirements to see what's required.

Special Consideration

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Special consideration is available to well-prepared applicants who experience exceptional circumstances or disadvantage during their studies which impact negatively on their results and in turn on their competitiveness when applying for admission.

Special Consideration does not waive the need for course entry requirements or pre-requisite subject requirements being met.

For example, a serious or debilitating illness, misadventure or an extended period of educational disadvantage or personal hardship may be given special consideration.

Australian Year 12 students who experience exceptional difficulties during their exam period should apply to the Tasmanian Office, Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC), or their local state organisation. https://www.tasc.tas.gov.au/students/years-11-and-12/preparing-for-exams/illness-emergency/

The Request for Special Consideration for Admission form is not an application for Admission. You must apply for Admission to your course separately. To request special consideration email U.Connect@utas.edu.au

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units they enrol in. In 2020, this fee is $46.20 per unit (of 12.5 credit points). In 2020, the maximum charge for full time students is $308.

International students

2020 Total Course Fee (international students): $388,233 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $72,398 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

Domestic Students

Each year the University of Tasmania administers an estimated $7 million in scholarships to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability.

Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior.

For more information on scholarships and to view the full range of scholarships available to you, head to the Scholarships website.

International Students

There are a huge range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania. For more information on these, visit the International Scholarships website.

Additional costs

In addition to course costs, students may be subject to other costs related to study at university including:

  • Text books and stationery
  • Accommodation
  • Student Services and Amenities Fee

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