Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M3N)

Overview

Duration
Minimum 5 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years
Entry requirements
ATAR Clearly-In Rank: See entry requirements
Course rules
Current students
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Hobart
Semester 1
Duration
Minimum 5 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years
Entry requirements
ATAR Clearly-In Rank: See entry requirements
Course code
Course rules
CRICOS: 056049J
Current students
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Hobart
Semester 1
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 aims to give students an organisational framework upon which to base their undergraduate medical studies. This framework will encompass the structural and functional organisation of the human body, including the study of the cell, the classification of…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

This second foundations unit builds on CAM101 by introducing the student to the musculoskeletal system. Students will study clinical cases focusing on the bones, joints, muscles, nerves and blood vessels of the upper and lower limbs and back. Addressing medical…

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

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

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

This unit is integrated with the program in the following year of the course. Students will be placed in a range of clinical attachments. On completion of either CAM431 (LCS students), CAM433 (RCS students) or CAM435 (HCS students) students receive…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

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

This unit is integrated with the program in the following year of the course. Students will be placed in a range of clinical attachments. On completion of either CAM431 (LCS students), CAM433 (RCS students) or CAM435 (HCS students) students receive…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

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

This unit is integrated with the program in the following year of the course. Students will be placed in a range of clinical attachments. On completion of either CAM431 (LCS students), CAM433 (RCS students) or CAM435 (HCS students) students receive…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

This unit is integrated with the program in the following year of the course. Students will be placed in a range of clinical attachments. On completion of either CAM431 (LCS students), CAM433 (RCS students) or CAM435 (HCS students) students receive…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

This unit is integrated with the program in the following year of the course. Students will be placed in a range of clinical attachments.On completion of either CAM431 (LCS students), CAM433 (RCS students) or CAM435 (HCS students) students receive an…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

This unit is integrated with the program in the following year of the course. Students will be placed in a range of clinical attachments. On completion of either CAM431 (LCS students), CAM433 (RCS students) or CAM435 (HCS students) students receive…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

This unit is integrated with the program in the previous year of the course. Students will be placed in a range of clinical attachments. On completion of either CAM531 (LCS students), CAM533 (RCS students) or CAM535 (HCS students) students receive…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

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

This unit is integrated with the program in the previous year of the course. Students will be placed in a range of clinical attachments. On completion of either CAM531 (LCS students), CAM533 (RCS students) or CAM535 (HCS students) students receive…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

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

This unit is integrated with the program in the previous year of the course. Students will be placed in a range of clinical attachments.On completion of either CAM531 (LCS students), CAM533 (RCS students) or CAM535 (HCS students) students receive an…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

This unit is integrated with the program in the previous year of the course. Students will be placed in a range of clinical attachments. On completion of either CAM531 (LCS students), CAM533 (RCS students) or CAM535 (HCS students) students receive…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

This unit is integrated with the program in the previous year of the course. Students will be placed in a range of clinical attachments. On completion of either CAM531 (LCS students), CAM533 (RCS students) or CAM535 (HCS students) students receive…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

This unit is integrated with the program in the previous year of the course. Students will be placed in a range of clinical attachments. On completion of either CAM531 (LCS students), CAM533 (RCS students) or CAM535 (HCS students) students receive…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

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

If you've just finished school

A minimum ATAR score of 95 or higher, and have completed the following pre-requisite units:

  • Year 12 English Communications (ENC315114 or equivalent); or
  • Year 12 English Literature (ENL315114 or equivalent); or
  • Year 12 English Writing (ENW315114 or equivalent); and
  • Year 12 Chemistry (CHM315114 or equivalent).

Applicants with an ATAR of 95 or more and Satisfactory Achievements in the subject prerequisites will be ranked on their UMAT performance. Year 12 school leaver applicants must not have previously commenced tertiary study. An ATAR loses its currency after 5 years.

If you're a mature age student

The sole tertiary entry point is through the Bachelor of Medical Research (M3M). Admission for mature age applicants will be based on academic and UMAT performance together with evidence of capacity to successfully complete the course.

Guaranteed entry

The 'Guaranteed Entry Scheme' will offer up to 20 school leavers the opportunity to study the Bachelor of Medical Research. If this degree is successfully completed in 3 years with a credit average (65%) they will gain guaranteed entry into the MBBS.

This option is something that you cannot apply for. You will be selected by the School of Medicine based on your application into the MBBS. They will consider applicants who have successfully achieved an ATAR of 90 or higher, a competitive UMAT score, and completed all pre-requisite subjects.

Selection for this scheme is competitive with applicants ranked on performance. Offers are made by the School of Medicine. Applicants can not apply for the Guaranteed Entry Scheme.

If you are successful, you will be notified in late January or early February of the year that you applied into the MBBS as first preference, with BMedRes as second preference.

Competitive entry

The 'Competitive Entry Scheme' gives students studying the BMedRes the opportunity to apply for a place in the MBBS each year, if they have achieved a distinction average (70%) in Year 1 & 2, or a credit average (65%) by the end of Year 3.

To be considered for competitive entry into the the MBBS, students must have a competitive UMAT score, equivalent to the entry requirements into the MBBS in that year in the relevant admission category. The important thing to remember is, if you are interested in this option put the Bachelor of Medical Research as your second preference when applying for MBBS.

"The medical research programme provides a wide breadth of study opportunities. The insights I've gained moving to Tasmania and completing a degree prior to my medical degree have proved an exceptional asset."

If you're from a rural area

If you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

What is UMAT?

All domestic applicants will be required to sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT). UMAT is used specifically to assist in the selection of students into medicine and health science degree programs.

It is an aptitude test consisting of three books that assess logical reasoning and problem solving, understanding people and non-verbal reasoning.

When assessing your application into the MBBS we use your UMAT result to help us determine your eligibility and ranking into the course.

Important things to remember about UMAT

  • The UMAT test takes place in July of the year before you want to apply to attend University.
  • Your UMAT score only lasts for 12 months and therefore can only be used for university admission in the year following the test (i.e. 2018 test for entry in 2019). 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 UMAT test.
  • If you are an international student applying into the course, you will need to sit the ISAT test. This test is similar to the UMAT test, but has been created specifically for international students. For more information on ISAT please visit www.isat.acer.edu.au

For more information on UMAT and to register for the test, visit: www.umat.acer.edu.au

Safety in Practice Compliance

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.

This includes completing/providing:

  • national criminal history check;
  • working with children registration;
  • medical, physical and psychological capacity to safely undertake the Faculty of Health Mandatory Functional Requirements; and
  • infectious disease and immunisation status.

The Faculty assesses student compliance in accordance with the Safety in Practice Compliance and Risk Assessment Procedure. Without this documentation, students may be excluded from participating in their course.

Students must submit documentation complying with the Safety in Practice Requirements before:

  • semester one census date annually; or
  • in case of late enrolment, prior to beginning study.

The exceptions are the Working with Children Registration and Immunisation Record Card check, which must be completed 4 weeks prior to first PEP.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

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. (Add link)

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

How can we help?

Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

Domestic
1300 363 864
International
+61 3 8676 7017
Email
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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