Courses & Units

Course rules for M3N Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

Specification data


1. Candidates for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery shall be qualified for entry in accordance with the provisions of the University's Rules of Admission.

2. Candidates for the degree shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than five separate years of full-time study and not more than seven years, from the time of first enrolment. The degree is not available through part-time study.

Course Structure

3. To qualify for the degree, the candidate shall pass all the units listed in the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery schedule, comprising a compulsory core of 10 units, and undertake such practical exercises / experience as may be required to satisfy the degree requirements.

4. The units which may be included in a course for the degree shall, unless otherwise approved by the Dean, be in accordance with the schedule for Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery accompanying these specifications.

5. Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty of Health and as summarised in the schedule for Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery.

6. A candidate may not normally enrol in any year in units totalling more than 100% weighting.

7. Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.

8. In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

9. Candidates entering clinical practice in a clinical agency shall observe the rules, regulations, policies, protocols, procedures and bi-laws of that clinical agency.

10. Students in the final two years of the course will be allocated to one of the three clinical schools at the discretion of the Dean.


11. The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the schedules to these specifications.

12. These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2007 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently and to any candidates who, having commenced their studies for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery prior to that date, have not passed in any units towards these degrees by that date.

13. Should any difficulty arise for a candidate previously enrolled because of any difference between course requirements and units offered under these specifications and those previously in force, the Faculty shall ensure that the candidate is not materially disadvantaged by these specifications.

14. The approved abbreviation for the degree of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery shall be MBBS.