Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (H3X)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

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Duration

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

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

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.

Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1
Domestic applications for the 2023 intake of the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (BMedScMD) open 2 August 2022, and close 11:59 pm AEST 30 September 2022. No late applications will be accepted. For more information, please contact MedicineAdmissions@utas.edu.au

International application rounds for the 2023 intake of the BMedScMD have opening and closing dates listed in the International Applicants section.

Please note that the Medicine program (BMedScMD) is not part of the Schools Recommendation Program.

Take a frontline, leadership role in health care.  Be challenged to use your knowledge and skills to help people and make a real difference.  Advocate for health outcomes and improve our health care systems at local, national and global levels.   Medicine is fascinating and rewarding, with lots of variety.  In addition to clinical care, you can make a difference with your involvement in medical research, new technology, public health, education and public policy.

This on-campus full time course takes a minimum of five (5) years to complete. In years 1-3 you will learn foundation knowledge in medical science and clinical skills, with short clinical placements around the State.

Years 4 and 5 are based in workplace learning with a series of clinical placements, including some electives.  Students have the opportunity to learn in a variety of locations in Tasmania.  We have teaching centres at the Medical Science Precinct (Hobart), the Hobart Clinical School (Royal Hobart Hospital), the Launceston Clinical School (Launceston General Hospital) and the Rural Clinical School (North West Regional Hospital, Burnie).

Our medical school and our graduates reflect the values of the University of Tasmania to build healthy sustainable communities in the place in which our medical school is located, including a focus on the health of Tasmanian Aboriginal people and on Tasmanian rural communities.

The five (5) year BMedScMD 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.

  • 1 Integrate knowledge of medical sciences to practice evidence-based medicine.
  • 2 Perform skilled, patient-centred medical assessment, treatment, management, and preventative care as part of a multidisciplinary health care team.
  • 3 Work collaboratively with health systems and diverse populations to build healthy sustainable communities.
  • 4 Act in accordance with the ethical and professional responsibilities of a medical practitioner and show leadership to influence positive changes in culture and practice.
  • 5 Advance medical knowledge through professional practice and/or research.
  • All students enrolling in College of Health and Medicine 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.

    Work Place Based Components

    Professional Experience Placement (PEP) is a form of 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.

    There are smaller elements of experience within workplaces in years 1-2 of the course, with visits to health services and home visits during rural weeks and as part of the community visits and the kids and families’ program.

    Workplace based clinical attachments (rotations/placements) begin in year 3 of the course and form the basis of learning in years 4 and 5 of the program. During year 3 there are short attachments (total 1 week of workplace experience supported by small group teaching over 6 weeks) in general practice, general surgery, and general medicine. These are assessed by reports from supervisors , participation in rotation specific tutorials, participation in rotation specific teaching session (e.g., operating room suite, outpatient clinic, ward rounds) and through rotation knowledge and assessment in written and practical skills examinations.

    In years 4 and 5 of the course there are 35 weeks per year of workplace based clinical attachments. In year 4, there are five clinical attachments of seven weeks each, these include: medicine, surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, and psychiatry. In year 5, there are six clinical attachments of six weeks each including: general practice, emergency medicine, acute care, medicine, surgery and aged care). These are assessed by reports from supervisors, participation and presentation at tutorials, competency based clinical skills assessments, written examination and objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).

    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 and Bachelor of Surgery

    Once you've completed the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (BMedScMD), 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.

    After internship, graduates can 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

    Students must successfully complete 500 credit points which comprises of:

    • 300 credit points from the Bachelor of Medical Science; and
    • 200 credit points from the Doctor of Medicine

    The Bachelor of Medical Science component of the Bachelor of Medical Science / Doctor of Medicine requires the successful completion of 300 credit points. 

    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
    LauncestonSemester 1
    Cradle CoastSemester 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, common musculoskeletal and rheumatological diseases, antimicrobial and antiviral therapies, and laboratory diagnosis of infectious disease. Clinical cases…

    Credit Points: 50

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 2
    Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

    CAM201 has a focus on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and the basic medical sciences are taught in parallel with clinically focussed material which includes issues relating to population health, health systems and ethics and professionalism. The second year will…

    Credit Points: 50

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 1
    Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

    CAM202 builds on preceding units by introducing the student to the gastrointestinal, renal, and reproductive systems. Students will explore clinical conditions associated with these systems and develop an understanding of the relevant basic medical sciences in the context of common…

    Credit Points: 50

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 2
    Cradle CoastSemester 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)
    LauncestonSemester 1 (MBBS Years 3-5 only)
    Cradle CoastSemester 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)
    LauncestonSemester 2 (MBBS Years 3-5 only)
    Cradle CoastSemester 2 (MBBS Years 3-5 only)

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

    The Doctor of Medicine component of the Bachelor of Medical Science / Doctor of Medicine requires the successful completion of 200 credit points. 

    This unit, along with Unit 4B, 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 graduate outcomes. Additionally, during this Unit…

    Credit Points: 50

    This unit is currently unavailable.

    This unit, along with Unit 4A, 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 graduate outcomes. Additionally, during this Unit…

    Credit Points: 50

    This unit is currently unavailable.

    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

    This unit is currently unavailable.

    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

    This unit is currently unavailable.

    Entry requirements

    Domestic Admission Requirements 

    Detailed Entry Requirements – Domestic

    Admission Requirements (from 2023)

    Applicants must be at least 17 years of age at the date the course commences

    Applicants who have recently completed secondary education 

    • This course uses ATAR and equivalent ranks as part of the admission process.
    • This course uses clinical aptitude test scores as part of the admission process.

    Domestic applicants must not have previously commenced tertiary study.

    Applicants with previous higher education study

    This course uses completed tertiary study as part of the admission process

    • Completed Bachelor level degree (AQF Level 7) or higher from any Australian higher education provider no more than 10 years prior to course commencement, or
    • Equivalent overseas qualification with current general registration ongoing for the last 5 years with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or Australian Veterinarian State Registration Authority

    This course uses admission test scores as part of the admission process.

    A pathway exits for applicants completing the Bachelor of Medical Research (53E) in the year prior to course commencement. Admissions test scores are not required for these applicants.

    Overseas medical degrees cannot be used for admission to this course.

    Students previously excluded from medical degrees other than at UTAS are NOT eligible for admission.

    Applicants with previous VET / TAFE study

    This course does not admit students on the basis of VET/TAFE study.

    Applications on the basis of work or life experience

    This course does not accept applications based on work or life experience.

    An Aboriginal Entry Application Pathway exists to facilitate access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants to enter the medical program.

    Prerequisites

    CHM415115 Chemistry (or equivalent). Chemistry must have been completed within the last 5 years and equivalence can be one of the following: successful completion of UTAS Chemistry Foundation Unit (KRA001);

    OR

    successful completion of Unilearn Chemistry (UNL21); OR a passing grade for Level 100 or higher (i.e. first year university unit) at any Australian or New Zealand University. Other chemistry units will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, as approved by the Course Coordinator.

    Domestic students only: ENG315117 (or equivalent) English; OR ENL315114 (or equivalent) English Literature; OR
    ENW315114 (or equivalent) English Writing. Not accepted: EAL315115 Year 12 EAL/D (English as an Additional Language or Dialect) or equivalent does NOT meet the pre-requisite. ISAT (International Student Admission Test) or MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) is not accepted for domestic applicants.

    Applicants who have completed a Medicine degree overseas are NOT ELIGIBLE for entry. 

    Applicants who have been previously excluded in a medical degree elsewhere are NOT ELIGIBLE for entry.
     

    International Admission Requirements

    Detailed Entry Requirements - International

    Admission Requirements (from 2023)

    Applicants must be at least 17 years of age at the date the course commences

    Applicants who have recently completed secondary education

    This course uses ATAR and equivalent ranks as part of the admission process.
    This course uses clinical aptitude test scores as part of the admission process.

    • A pathway exits for applicants completing the Bachelor of Medical Research (53E) in the year prior to course commencement. Admissions test scores are not required for these applicants.
    • Overseas medical degrees cannot be used for admission to this course.
    • Students previously excluded from medical degrees other than at UTAS are NOT eligible for admission.

    Applicants with previous VET / TAFE study

    This course does not admit students on the basis of VET/TAFE study.

    Applications on the basis of work or life experience

    This course does not accept applications based on work or life experience.

    Prerequisites

    CHM415115 Chemistry (or equivalent). Chemistry must have been completed within the last 5 years and equivalence can be one of the following: successful completion of UTAS Chemistry Foundation Unit (KRA001);

    OR
    Successful completion of Unilearn Chemistry (UNL21); OR a passing grade for Level 100 or higher (i.e. first year university unit) at any Australian or New Zealand University. Other chemistry units will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, as approved by the Course Coordinator.

    English Language Requirements apply
     

    Applications for credit can be made in your course application. Find out more information about how to apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing at Recognition of Prior Learning.

    Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about your credit transfer.

    M3O Bachelor of Medical Science is an exit award for students who wish to exit the course after completion of the first three years.

    Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Commonwealth supported places (CSP)

    Domestic undergraduate students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this course. If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government, and you will only be required to pay the student contribution amount for each unit.

    You may be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. This means you can pay your tuition fees later once you start earning above a specific threshold. For more information, please refer to the Study Assist website.

    The student contribution amount for each unit of study is based on its discipline area. Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study, this means that amounts will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    International students

    2023 Total Course Fee (international students): $401,917 AUD*.

    Course cost based on a rate of $74,950 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 International Scholarships.

    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

    Additional costs

    Commonwealth supported places (CSP)

    Domestic undergraduate students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this course. If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government, and you will only be required to pay the student contribution amount for each unit.

    You may be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. This means you can pay your tuition fees later once you start earning above a specific threshold. For more information, please refer to the Study Assist website.

    The student contribution amount for each unit of study is based on its discipline area. Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study, this means that amounts will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    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.

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