Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M3N)

Overview  2020

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

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

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 (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)
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

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

Entry requirements

MBBS entry requirements for international applicants can be found here.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

Information for international applicants, including English language requirements, is available from the International Future Students site. You can also enquire online to check your eligibility.

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS

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 Communications (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.

Domestic applicants with higher education study

Entry to the MBBS in 2020 is restricted to current UTAS students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Research 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.

Entry to the MBBS for applicants with higher education study will be restricted to the UTAS Bachelor of Medical Research cohort for the 2020, 2021 and 2022 intakes.

From 2023, 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.

Entry to the MBBS for applicants with higher education study will be restricted to the UTAS Bachelor of Medical Research cohort for the 2020, 2021 and 2022 intakes.

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).

This means that 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 from the BMedRes to the MBBS will open in 2022. Students can apply during their final year of study but must complete the BMedRes by the end of 2022 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

Entry 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 PLACES

UTAS is required by the Commonwealth government to offer and enrol approximately 30% of students each year into rural bonded medical places (BMPs)

Under the BMP Scheme, the Government funds a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) at Australian  University Medical Schools. Students with BMP’s have agreed to work in an area of workforce shortage after graduation. The period of time that graduates are required to work in area of workforce shortage is directed by the Commonwealth government and this information is provided to students when they receive an offer.

Please note that the BMP Scheme does not provide scholarships.

Offers of BMPs are made to applicants who have recently completed secondary education and also those with previous higher education study.

General information about the (BMP) Scheme is available from the Department of Health.

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, 2019 test for entry in 2020). 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.

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

2020 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

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