Medicine

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

Important application information

Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) domestic applications to commence study in 2022 have now closed. Please note that the MBBS is not part of the Schools Recommendation Program.

Deadlines for International applicants can be found in the 'For international students' section of the MBBS course page.


Course options

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

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

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.

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 has four 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.

Do you live in a regional or remote area of Australia, such as 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 MBBSadmissions@utas.edu.au.

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

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

Find out more about what you'll study, entry requirements, fees and scholarships - and to apply.

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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 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.

After internship, graduates can 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.

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."

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