Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M3N)

Overview  2021

Entry Requirements

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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

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 5 Years
Entry requirements

Location

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 (PDF 79.2 KB), 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
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, 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
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 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
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 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
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
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
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

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.

Need help choosing your first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

Entry requirements

Refer below for information for INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS. You can also enquire online to check your eligibility.

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS

Applications for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M3N) have now closed.

Domestic applicants who recently completed secondary education.

The minimum ATAR for this course, including any adjustments made for students from rural areas (see below), is 95. This is the minimum adjusted ATAR needed for your application to be considered.

Applicants must demonstrate satisfactory achievement in the following Tasmanian Senior Secondary subjects (or interstate equivalents):

  • One of:
    • Year 12 English (ENG315117); or
    • Year 12 English Literature (ENL315114); or
    • Year 12 English Writing (ENW315114); and
    • Year 12 Chemistry (CHM415115)

Prerequisites must have been completed within the last five years. If you have not met the Chemistry prerequisite you will be required to satisfactorily complete the UTAS Chemistry Foundation Unit or equivalent before you can enrol in the course.

Applicants must also have a University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) score greater than or equal to the 50th percentile. This score is based on the combined scores of the first four cognitive sections (1-4) and excluding the situational judgement test.

Additional requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least 17 years of age at the date the course commences; and
  • Applicants must not have previously commenced tertiary study

Please note that admission to the MBBS is highly competitive and that achieving the minimum requirements above does not guarantee an offer for this course. Applicants who meet the entry requirements above are ranked by ATAR and offers made based on the number of places available.

Rural Area ATAR Adjustment

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

ATAR adjustment factors are available to rural applicants via the Rural Application Process (RAP). The maximum RAP adjustment is five ATAR points

Tasmanian Quota

To meet the UTAS mission of building a sustainable future workforce for Tasmania, at least 75% of domestic Yr12-leaver places in the 2021 intake and onwards will be offered to applicants who have completed a Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) or International Baccalaureate (IB) at a Tasmanian High School or Secondary College within the last 5 years of the course commencement date. Applicants must meet all other eligibility criteria and will be ranked by ATAR.

Domestic applicants with higher education study

Entry to the MBBS in 2021 and 2022 is restricted to current UTAS students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Research (commenced before 2020) via existing guaranteed and competitive entry pathways. Bachelor of Medical Research students should contact the School of Medicine in the first instance for advice on pathways.

For entry to the MBBS in 2023 onwards, applications will also be accepted from students who have completed any Australian Bachelor course or higher. Detailed entry requirements, including any grade point average or admissions test requirements, will be published in advance of the 2023 intake period.

Bachelor of Medical Research Preferred Pathway Scheme (for MBBS entry in 2023 onwards)

This is a highly competitive scheme and entry into the MBBS is not guaranteed.

From the 2023 intake there will be approximately 25 places for applicants with higher education study and 50% of these places will be allocated to students completing the UTAS Bachelor of Medical Research (BMedRes).

Application to the MBBS via the BMedRes preferred pathway will be available to students who enter the BMedRes course in 2020 or later. The first application round to enter the MBBS via the BMedRes Preferred Pathway will open in 2022. Students can only apply during their final year of study but must complete the BMedRes by the end of that year in order to be eligible for consideration. Applicants will be ranked on their academic results in the BMedRes course.

Detailed entry requirements, including any grade point average or admissions test pre-requisite requirements will be published in advance of the first intake period.

In order to be eligible under this pathway, applicants need to complete a full-time load (100 credit points in an academic year) with no failures and no credit or recognition of prior learning.

Please note again that this is a highly competitive scheme and entry into MBBS is not guaranteed.

Domestic applicants from all other educational backgrounds

Applicants are not eligible for consideration for the MBBS on the basis of VET / TAFE study or work and life experience.

You can enquire online for advice on alternative study options at UTAS.

Special Consideration

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors for special consideration, including economic hardship, serious medical condition or disability.

We only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. For example, for the MBBS, we cannot waive any of the subject prerequisite requirements.

Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

ABORIGINAL ENTRY APPLICATION PROCESS

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from all educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply using the Aboriginal Entry Application Process (AEAP).

The AEAP provides more flexible options for applicants to meet the entry criteria for the MBBS.

BONDED MEDICAL PROGRAM

The Bonded Medical Program provides students with a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) in a medical course at an Australian university in return for a commitment to work in eligible regional, rural and remote areas for a specified period after completion of their medical course. This commitment is referred to as a Return of Service Obligation (RoSO).

UTAS is required by the Commonwealth government to enrol approximately 30% of MBBS students each year into the Bonded Medical Program. Offers of bonded places are made to applicants who have recently completed secondary education, as well as those with previous higher education study.

Please note that the Bonded Medical Program does not provide scholarships.

It is recommended that students who receive a Bonded Medical Program offer seek independent advice about the program.

Participants of the Bonded Medical Program are subject to Part VD of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (Act) and must abide by the Health Insurance (Bonded Medical Program) Rule 2020 (Rule).

For recipients of a bonded offer, please access further information about the Bonded Medical Program available at www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/reformed-bonded-programs.

UCAT

Domestic applicants are required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) ANZ. When assessing your application into the MBBS we also consider your UCAT result to determine your eligibility for entry.

Important UCAT information:

  • 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
  • Your UCAT score only lasts for 12 months and therefore can only be used for University admission in the year following the test (for example, 2020 test for entry in 2021). This means if you are not accepted into MBBS and decide to try again the following year, you will need to re-sit the UCAT.
COURSE PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

This course includes compulsory work placements. All students must meet the course’s Safety in Practice Requirements before their first placement. This includes a National Police Record Check, Working with Children Registration and completion of a first aid certificate, among other requirements.

The safety in practice requirements are completed separately to the course admission application.

International Applicants
Academic Qualifications
  • Successful completion of an Australian year 12 program with a minimum ATAR score of 95 or equivalent*; AND
  • Chemistry; AND
  • ISAT or MCAT test results

*Equivalent secondary studies - minimum requirements

  • Australian Yr 12 ATAR: 95
  • QLD OP: 4
  • MUFY: 95% (Average best 4)
  • Trinity FY: 95% (Average best 4)
  • UNSWFP: GPA 9.5
  • WAUFP: CPS 75
  • IB: 36 (including bonus points)
  • GCE A Levels: AAA
  • STPM: AAA
  • UEC/MICSS: A1 average
  • Canadian High School Diploma or Secondary School Diploma (2003 onwards): 89
  • Indian CBSE/CICSE/All India State Board: 95%
  • Korean IKHCC: 3.7
  • Sri Lankan SLGCE: 15 (Aggregate of best 3 at the higher level)
  • South African Snr Cert: 32 (Aggregate of 6 subjects at higher grade)
  • Thai Mattayom 6: 3.7

Aggregates and averages of grades will include prerequisite subjects.

Meeting minimum academic entry requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.
English Language Requirements
  • IELTS (Academic) Overall 7.0 (target no band less than 7.0), within the last 24 months; or
  • TOEFL (iBT) 100 (no skill below: Reading 25; Listening 25; Speaking 23; Writing 27) within the last 24 months; or
  • PTE Academic 65 with no score lower than 65 within the last 24 months; or
  • UTAS Access-English Level 7 - 70% (no individual score less than 70%) OR equivalent.
ISAT Test
  • The ISAT test results must be provided by the relevant application closing date to be considered for entry.
  • A minimum overall percentile of 50% is required for ISAT. This test result will be used in combination with academic results to determine applicants' eligibility and ranking within applications received.
MCAT Test
  • The MCAT test results must be provided by the relevant application closing date to be considered for entry.
  • Minimum score: 491. Taken within last 5 years
Application and Offer Deadlines
2021 Offer Round Application Closing Dates
  • Offer Round 1   - application closing date 4 June 2020
  • Offer Round 2   - application closing date 3 September 2020
  • Offer Round 3   - application closing date 10 December 2020
  • Offer Round 4   - application closing date 8 January 2021

Entry into the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree program is extremely competitive and applications will be ranked by a combination of academic results and ISAT test results. If you submitted your application on time, and you did not receive an offer or notification that you were not successful, your application will be held over for consideration in the next offer round. Offers will be made within two (2) weeks of the stated closing dates until all available places are filled.

Scholarships

Scholarship and bursary options may be available. Please review our scholarships page for the most up to date information.

Application Fee

Applications submitted by international applicants applying for the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (M3N) degrees must be accompanied by an Application Fee of AUD$110 (non-refundable) inclusive of GST.

  1. Submit your online application for Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (M3N)
  2. You will receive notification of your Web Reference Number once you press the 'Save or Submit' button on the online application. You will need to use this reference number when you make your Application Fee Payment via the Pay 24/7 online payment facility. Applicants who submit hardcopy applications will be notified of your UTAS Student ID number by email within a few days
  3. Proceed to www.geoforeducation.com/UTAS to make your application fee payment and ensure you enter your Web Reference Number or Student ID Number
  4. Select the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (M3N) course with the UTAS $110 Application Fee
  5. Once you have completed all of the above, please email a copy of your Pay 24/7 AUD$110 receipt and number to International.Admissions@utas.edu.au

Bachelor of Medicine applications will not be processed until you provide a copy of your application fee payment receipt.

AHPRA English language requirements for graduates of Medicine

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has announced that it is mandatory for all graduates seeking registration with the relevant National Board to demonstrate that they have achieved an overall IELTS score of 7.0. Those seeking registration as a Pharmacist should note that the overall IELTS score required for registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia is 7.5. Please note that only Academic IELTS scores will be accepted and test results will generally need to have been obtained within the two years preceding the application for registration.

For more information on this announcement by the AHPRA, please see Registration Requirements.

Students intending to undertake a course leading to registration with a National Board regulated by AHPRA should also refer to the Registration Standards of the relevant health profession for full details of the requirements for health practitioners and students. Some National Boards have registration standards, codes and guidelines in addition to those listed at the AHPRA website.

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.

Applying from Canada? Learn more about our Canadian pathway

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

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.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

2021 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 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
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International
+61 3 6226 6200
Email
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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