Medicine

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

New Course Information for 2023

The Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (BMedScMD) will be introduced in Semester 1 (February) 2023. This new course will replace the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).

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Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine

Clinical Experience

Real mentoring and clinical experience through unparalleled access to our health system

Pathways

Pathways exist for rural (which includes all of Tasmania) and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander applicants

Learning Facilities

Learn in our state-of-the-art facilities alongside skilled practitioners

Learn the theory and practical skills required for an exciting career in medicine.

We have been producing highly skilled graduates for over 50 years by ensuring that students are
mentored by academics and clinicians committed to their education.

You'll learn the science of medicine while gaining knowledge and clinical experience. You'll also learn about population health, ethics, and professional elements of medical practice.

Your studies will lead you to become a highly capable doctor and establish the foundation
for lifelong learning throughout an endlessly rewarding career.

The Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine degree is an on-campus, full-time course, which is closely integrated with the Tasmanian health system.

You’ll receive educational support and mentoring from experienced clinicians and health organisations. This means you get unparalleled hospital access, as well as diverse opportunities
for placements in primary care settings which are at the forefront of providing healthcare for
our communities.

In years four to five, you'll have immersive clinical experiences to prepare you for an internship and your future career as a medical professional.

Having access to our regional and remote clinical schools may also allow you to continue your studies closer to home if you are from regional areas of Tasmania.

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.

Years 1-3

Students will undertake predominantly campus-based learning programs, including lectures, tutorials and practical classes. Patient contact will be introduced in the first two years in a variety of environments, exposing students to a range of healthcare practices with particular emphasis on community and rural settings. This experience will produce graduates with the flexibility to adapt to a range of healthcare environments in their future careers. A focussed transition to learning in clinical settings will occur in the third year.

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 to healthcare. Students will also have the opportunity to undertake the final three (3) years of the course in clinical placements at one of the three Clinical Schools:

  • Hobart Clinical School
  • Launceston Clinical School
  • Rural Clinical School in Burnie

Students will be allocated to any of these three Clinical Schools.

To further support the development of desirable workplace graduate skills in research, leadership, entrepreneurship, health systems change and professional practice, you will have the opportunity to engage in a research or professional project during your degree.

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 BMedScMD curriculum has four Domains as its organising principle, under which the learning outcomes are grouped and assessed. They incorporate the University of Tasmania's graduate profile objectives and the Australian Medical Council’s recommendations regarding knowledge, skills and attitudes of a medical graduate.

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 respond flexibly to unfamiliar and complex 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.

Do you live in a regional or remote area of Australia, including any part of Tasmania? If so, you may be eligible to apply via the Rural Pathway which supports students from rural areas to study medicine. Just answer the questions about rurality when completing your application online. For advice and further information about our Rural Entry Pathway please visit Rural Entry Pathways or contact us at MedicineAdmissions@utas.edu.au.

The College of Health and Medicine is committed to supporting those that identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to achieve their educational aspirations. For advice and further information about our Aboriginal Entry Application Pathway (AEAP), please visit AEAP Pathways or contact us at MedicineAdmissions@utas.edu.au.

Enhance your career with further postgraduate studies. For information on our postgraduate study options, please visit our further study page.


International application offer rounds for the 2023 intake of the BMedScMD have opening and closing dates listed in the Entry Requirements section of the Course page.

Domestic applications for the 2023 intake of the 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

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

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Career opportunities

Medicine continues to grow and develop, with graduates not only required to be at the forefront of contemporary practice, but also to lead in developing and delivering healthcare solutions for the individual and for the community. Our nationally-leading course provides you with the opportunity to develop the skills to become an excellent practitioner and clinical leader to meet the health challenges of the future.

Once you've completed the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine, you'll be eligible to apply for provisional registration to undertake training in an approved hospital as an intern.

Upon successful completion of your internship, you can apply for general registration as a Medical Practitioner in Australia and New Zealand. You'll also be able to choose an area of specialisation whilst continuing to work.

Graduates can apply to specialise in a wide variety of fields such as general practice, internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, paediatrics, pathology, anaesthesia, radiology or psychiatry.

Graduates may also become medical administrators in hospitals or government departments, or develop academic careers including teaching and medical research.

Medicine graduates are in high demand. Here are some of the careers projected to grow into 2025^.

15.2%

Health Professionals

Predicted job growth to 2025

15.3%

General Practitioners and
Resident Medical Officers

Predicted job growth to 2025

10%

Specialist Physicians

Predicted job growth to 2025

^ National Skills Commission five year projections from November 2020 to November 2025.

Student Experience

Benjamin Dodds, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery

"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."