Medical student at our Launceston Clinical School.

Why study medicine?

Graduate from a distinctive medical program that will prepare you for an exciting career in medicine

The University of Tasmania medical program has been in existence for over 50 years and has an excellent record of producing highly capable graduates who excel in their chosen careers as medical practitioners. You will have the benefit of learning and mentorship from university academics and clinicians who are committed to your success.

The University of Tasmania medical program has modern teaching facilities across Tasmania, and the course is particularly distinctive due to being deeply embedded with health providers across the state. As a student, you will have substantial access to excellent clinical teaching in these settings, and you will build your clinical understanding and skills to prepare you for a successful career in medicine, with capacity to advance the quality of healthcare in your chosen field.

We’re doing anatomical body painting. It’s a very hands on way to learn anatomy… we’re getting students to paint both the skeletal anatomy and the muscular anatomy. By painting the different parts they can actually seem them move and they can interact with those components and see it in real life.

Dr Jamie Chapman
Lecturer in the School of Medicine – College of Health and Medicine

Course list

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Careers in medicine

The demanding, exciting and important field of medicine requires its practitioners to have a strong aptitude for science, the ability to make clear and precise observations, be able to work accurately under pressure, and be able to identify and analyse problems and develop practical solutions. Communication skills will also be an essential skill for working with patients, or within teams of healthcare specialists or researchers.

Medicine is a professional health career. Upon successful completion of your Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery, you will have the knowledge and practical skills to provisionally register in Australia with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). This will be the beginning of lifelong learning, with further training required to receive full registration, and to move into an area of specialization (if you desire).

The field of medical research is also an area that you could study and work in. Medical researchers work alongside other scientists, conducting tests and experiments and carrying out research projects to benefit communities.

Career opportunities

  • Anaesthetist
  • Dermatologist
  • Diagnostic radiologist
  • Emergency doctor
  • General/family practitioner
  • Geriatrician
  • Haematologist
  • Hospital, clinical or pathology laboratory scientist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Medical imaging technologist
  • Medical researcher
  • Neurologist
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Nuclear medicine scientist
  • Obstetrician/gynaecologist
  • Oncologist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Paediatrician
  • Psychiatrist
  • Public health specialist
  • Radiation therapist
  • Surgeon
  • Urologist