Courses & Units

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M3N)

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.

Duration

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.

Minimum 5 Years

Up to a maximum of 7 Years

Location

Hobart

ATAR

Clearly-in Rank

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in the first offer round in 2015.

The Clearly-in rank should be used as a guide for entry. Note: entry to some courses requires a combination of criteria (ie. folio, interview, GMAT) not just ATAR alone.

Clearly-in rank: 95


Course intake

Hobart
Semester 1
Hobart
Semester 1

Course rules

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Course contact

Phone: 1300 363 864
Email: Course.Info@utas.edu.au
Online: Enquiries


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Duration

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.

Minimum 5 Years

Up to a maximum of 7 Years

Location

Hobart

Academic Requirements

ATAR: 95 or equivalent ()

CRICOS

Code: 056049J


Course intake

Hobart
Semester 1
Hobart
Semester 1

Course rules

See full course rules and guidelines

Course contact

Phone:+61 3 8676 7017
Online: International enquiries


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Course objectives

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 which will also highlight the ethical and professional aspects of medical practice.

Course structure

The University reserves the right to amend or remove courses and unit availabilities, as appropriate.

The MBBS curriculum has four (4) Domains as an organising principle under which the learning outcomes are grouped and assessed. 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). 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.

Students must satisfactorily complete all units with a total weighting of 500%, as described in the MBBS Schedules. This will comprise 100% from each Year level shown in the Schedule.

In the first three (3) years, students will undertake predominantly campus-based learning programs, including lectures, tutorials and practical classes, with exposure to patient contact in a variety of environments. Year 3 will provide the transitional year to clinical settings and Years 4 and 5 will involve the students in a series of clinical rotations including some electives. In Years 4 and 5 students will undertake clinical placements at one of the three Clinical Schools. 

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. Furthermore, 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. 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.

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

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.

Professional Experience Placement (PEP) is Work Integrated Learning, which enables students to practice newly acquired skills, behaviours and knowledge 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.

Students in the MBBS course are required to undertake Professional Experience Placements (PEP) and therefore MUST meet the capacity to practice safely pre-PEP conditions determined by legislative, University policy and professional body requirements.

The final two (2) years of the course are conducted within three (3) Clinical Schools: the Hobart Clinical School, the Launceston Clinical School and the Rural Clinical School; and students will be allocated to any of these three Clinical Schools. Students should expect to spend at least one (1) of the final two (2) years of the course at the Rural Clincial School or the Launceston Clinical School.

Please note: International students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

The prerequisites for entry to the MBBS, for all domestic students, are Satisfactory Achievement results in:

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).

Without the above prerequisite subjects applicants will not be considered for entry and should not apply. A sound background in Mathematics and Biology is desirable but not required for admission to the course.

School leaver applicants should have obtained a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 95, as calculated from their scores in Years 11 and 12 of the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) 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.

Admission for non-school leaver applicants will be based on academic and UMAT performance together with evidence of capacity to successfully complete the course and maturity, experience and motivation will also be taken into consideration. Admission for non-school leaver and tertiary applicants will be based on meeting the subject prerequisites, the students academic performance (including a Distinction average (70%) for tertiary (Bachelor level or higher) units studied full time over the most recent three semesters) and obtaining a competitive UMAT score.

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. The UMAT is an aptitude test and consists of questions which assess logical reasoning and problem solving, understanding people and non-verbal reasoning. Ranking of applications to the MBBS will take into account performance in each section of the UMAT and the overall score. The UMAT score can only be used for university admission in the year following the test (ie 2015 test for entry in 2016).

Professional Experience Placement Requirements

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.

The Faculty, in accordance with Safety in Practice Compliance and Risk Assessment Procedure, assesses student compliance with Safety in Practice Requirements, which include:

  • national criminal history;
  • 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.

National criminal history and medical, physical and psychological disclosures can inhibit student eligibility to participate in courses. Students must submit the Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation to enable risk assessment to be completed 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.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Guaranteed Entry Scheme

From 2015 the School of Medicine will offer up to 20 places in the Bachelor of Medical Research (BMedRes) with subsequent guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), provided certain criteria are met. These places will be offered to Year 12 school leaver category applicants who have applied for, but not secured a place in the Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery in 2015. 

To be eligible for a place in the Guaranteed Entry Scheme applicants must:

  • have applied for a place in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 2015
  • have an ATAR of 90 or above
  • have undertaken the UMAT and have achieved a competitive UMAT score, equivalent to the requirements for entry into MBBS in that year
  • have the pre-requisite subjects for admission to the Bachelor of Medical Research.

Selection for this scheme is competitive with applicants ranked on performance.  Offers are made by the school.

Applicants who are offered places in the Guaranteed Entry Scheme who complete the BMedRes in 3 years and attain a mid-level credit (65%) over the entire course with no fails, will be guaranteed entry into the first year of the MBBS in 2018. Applicants need to complete a full time load (4 units per semester) with no leave of absence (deferral) and no recognition of prior learning.  Entry into the MBBS would also be subject to the usual requirements that relate to Safety in Practice Agreement.  Details of the Safety in Practice Agreement as it relates to Professional Experience Placements can be found at http://www.utas.edu.au/health/professional-experience-placement

 Competitive Entry Scheme

From 2015 the School of Medicine will offer places in the Bachelor of Medical Research (BMedRes) with subsequent competitive entry into the Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), provided certain criteria are met.

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

Applicants who are offered a place in the Competitive Entry Scheme who complete the BMedRes in 3 years and attain a mid-level credit (65%) over the entire course with no fails, will be considered for entry into MBBS based on their academic scores over the three years of the BMedRes and their UMAT score.  The top ranking 5 students would be offered a place within MBBS the year following completion of their BMedRes degree. Applicants need to complete a full time load (4 units per semester) with no leave of absence (deferral) and no recognition of prior learning. UMAT will be required to be undertaken in the third and final year of BMedRes studies

To be considered for competitive entry into MBBS, students must have a competitive UMAT score, equivalent to the requirements for entry into MBBS in that year in the relevant admission category.

Entry into the MBBS would also be subject to the usual requirements that relate to Safety in Practice Agreement.  Details of the Safety in Practice Agreement as it relates to Professional Experience Placements can be found at http://www.utas.edu.au/health/professional-experience-placement

 Alternate Pathways

Each year up to five (5) places will be offered into the MBBS to University of Tasmania domestic students based of their performance in a nominated Pathway Course in the previous year. The  Pathway courses are:

To be eligible to apply for an available place, applicants must meet each of the following criteria:

  • completed a full-time year of study at the University of Tasmania in one of the listed degrees in the year prior to the proposed MBBS enrolment. Full time is a 100% study load over two (2) semesters
  • achieved a Distinction average (70%) or above for the two most recent semesters of full-time study
  • satisfied the Year 12 pre-requisites for the MBBS 
  • completed the UMAT and have achieved a combined UMAT score at least equal to the lowest UMAT score in the cohort selected in relevant admission categories.

Fees

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

Additional Costs

Any additional costs would relate to Course requirements eg Practical Experience Placement.

Scholarships