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2013 Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery(M3N)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Health Science (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 5 yrs, Maximum 7 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): (03) 6226 4757


This on-campus full time course takes a minimum of 5 years to complete. Years 1-3 of the course are based in Hobart, with short placements in rural communities around the state. Years 4 and 5 will involve a series of clinical rotations, including some electives, at Clinical Schools in Hobart, Launceston or Burnie.

(Students enrolled in course M3B please refer to 2006 website for course details.)

Admission & Prerequisites

The prerequisites for entry to the MBBS for all domestic students are:

Satisfactory Achievement results in:

Year 12, English Communications (ENC5C or equivalent) or;

Year 12, English Studies (ENS5C or equivalent) or;

Year 12, English Writing (ENW5C or equivalent)


Year 12 Chemistry (CHM5C 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. Subjects such as Year 11 TCE Mathematics Methods MME4C (or its equivalent) would help students studying Medicine.

School leaver applicants should have obtained a minimum Interstate Transfer Index (ITI) of 95, as calculated from their scores in the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) or equivalent. Applicants with an ITI of 95 or more will be ranked on their UMAT performance. 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. Maturity, experience and motivation will also be taken into consideration. All applicants must address the selection criteria for alternative entry admission as outlined in the admission guide.

All domestic applicants will be required to sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT). UMAT consists of three tests that have been developed and used specifically to assist in the selection of students into medicine and health science degree programs. UMAT is designed to assess general attributes and skills gained through prior experience and learning: specifically, the acquisition of skills in critical thinking and problem solving, interactions with others and abstract non-verbal reasoning. Ranking will take into account performance in each of the individual sections of the UMAT.

In order to commence workplace learning outside of the University of Tasmania (including clinical placements and visits) students are required to demonstrate compliance with the Faculty of Health Science and the School of Medicine policies relevant to workplace based learning. The Safe to Practice kit (under Professional Expereince Placements section on the Faculty of Health Science website) included the Police Check Policy and Procedures, Infectious Disease Policy, Code of Conduct and Student Placement Agreement. Students who do not meet criteria defined by these policies may not be able to undertake placement in health care facilities, and therefore would not be able to complete this course. Students who have not complied or are unsure of the policies should seek guidance from the School.


By accepting an offer of a place in this course you agree (provided that positions are available and unless directed otherwise) to complete rural placements in the early years of the course, and complete at least one of your final years at the Rural Clinical School. Please contact the School of Medicine on 03 6226 4898 or e-mail should you have any queries about this requirement.

Course Objectives

The five 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 educational objectives are arranged around five themes which address the graduate attributes prescribed by both the University of Tasmania and the Australian Medical Council. 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 years but which will also highlight the ethical and professional aspects of medical practice.

Career Outcomes

The profession of Medicine offers a diverse range of career opportunities. On completion of the MBBS, graduates work in an approved hospital undertaking general medical training as an intern. Graduates can then choose to specialise in one of a number of fields such as, anaesthesia, dermatology, obstetrics and gynaecology, geriatric medicine, paediatrics, pathology, psychiatry, radiology and surgery. Medical practitioners may work in private practice on their own, in group practices, in community health centres and in public and private hospitals. Graduates may also become medical administrators in hospitals or government departments, or medical academics and/or researchers involved with teaching or medical research.

Articulation to/from Course

UTAS will accept into the MBBS up to 10 Australian applicants each year on the basis of performance in the Bachelor of Biotechnology and Medical Research, Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Health Science or the Bachelor of Environmental Science at UTAS.

To be eligible to apply for the available places, applicants must have:

  • Completed a full-time year of study at UTAS in one of the listed degrees in the year prior to the proposed MBBS enrolment.
  • 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 other categories.

Miscellaneous Information

Students must enroll in this course full time, part time study is not available.

Compliance with School of Medicine Policies

Students are required to demonstrate compliance with the Faculty of Health Science and School of Medicine Policies relevant to learning in the workplace, including the Police Check Policy, Infectious Disease Policy and Code of Conduct in order to undertake workplace learning in the clinical rotations. Students who have not complied with these policies will not be placed and will not be able to undertake clinical rotations or placements and therefore will not be able to complete some units of the course.

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