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Medicine

There is only one place in Australia where you can study medicine with unparalleled access to hands-on experience, placement opportunities and research projects while breathing in the cleanest air on Earth. That’s Tasmania.

Class-leading placement opportunities

Our clinical partners are co-located with our three clinical schools and include the Royal Hobart Hospital, Launceston General Hospital, Mersey Community Hospital and the North West Regional Hospital.

What you gain from this arrangement is real-world experiences through clinical placement mentors. There are no other universities in Australia who are connected to the health system like we are.

Learn about university terminology and definitions in our glossary

Course Options

Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery

5 years
Hobart CRICOS 056049J

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Our five-year undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery is specially designed to provide you with the knowledge and ability to work in a hospital as a doctor while also providing you with the opportunity to develop highly regarded research skills.

*Subject to international student visa conditions if applicable.
^Subject to availability.

Graduates recognised for excellence: Our work place based course means our graduates are intern ready

Small class sizes mean a highly supported learning environment

State-of-the-art facilities: Learn in world-class teaching facilities

Pathways

  • Tailored Canadian pathway providing mentorship, and Canadian exam preparation
  • No MCAT required
  • Recognised by FAIMER
  • Opportunities to study in Canada during the 4th and 5th year
  • 100% of our graduates have  achieved internships

Scholarships

  • Are available for international students.

Course breakdown

In this course, you’ll 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’ll be gaining first-hand experience through professional practice placements, while your course work combines case-based learning with a range of opportunities to expand your expertise.

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’ve finished your fifth and final year of study, you’ll possess the skills, knowledge and attitudes to begin supervised practice as an intern in Australia or New Zealand. Plus, you will have laid the foundations for a career that is always enlightening and endlessly rewarding.

The MBBS Curriculum

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.


MBBS vs MD, what's the difference?

The career outcome of each course is identical. However, the typical MD course is postgraduate entry only and takes four years to complete. The MBBS course provides an undergraduate pathway that allows students the opportunity to get a head-start on their medical career by only having to  complete one degree/course

Career outcomes

Rahul Sharma, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery

"My general practice placement was at Geeveston, near Hobart, and I found it reassuring and rewarding to draw upon what I’d learnt in my first two years of study and utilise this knowledge to assist with patient history-taking and examination."

Upon graduating, students will have completed the requirements necessary to apply to both Australian internship positions and/or the Canadian Residency Matching Service. Graduates can then choose to specialise in one of several fields such as: general practice, anaesthesia, dermatology, obstetrics and gynaecology, geriatric medicine, paediatrics, pathology, psychiatry, radiology and surgery.

Our course is accredited through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Study Experiences

The Rural Clinical School, Tasmanian School of Medicine, University of Tasmania

Medical students enrolled in the University of Tasmania's Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) can complete the fourth and fifth years of their study at the Rural Clinical School. We accept approximately 60 future doctors each year who have an interest in rural health, and working and living in smaller communities.

Entry information

Entry requirements

  • The MCAT test results must be provided by the relevant application closing date to be considered for entry. Qualifications: Academic qualifications equivalent to completion of Australian Year 12, including Chemistry and Mathematics. Undergraduate entry * This course is open to high-school graduates, post-graduate students, as well as those who may be currently enrolled but not yet completed an undergraduate degree.


    * No interview is required for admission.
    * Meeting minimum academic entry and ISAT requirements does not guarantee entry  into the program.

Further information

If you require further information about this course please contact us at: MBBSadmissions@utas.edu.au.

2021 Round Application Closing Dates

  • 2021 Round Application Closing Dates
  • Offer Round 1 - Closed
  • Offer Round 2 - Closed
  • Offer Round 3 - application closing date 10 December 2020
  • Offer Round 4 - application closing date 8 January 2021

English language requirements

  • English Language Requirements
    • IELTS (Academic) Overall 7.0 (no band less than 7.0), within the last 24 months; or
    • TOEFL (iBT) 100 (no skill below: Reading 25; Listening 25; Speaking 23; Writing 27) within the last 24 months; or
    • PTE Academic 65 with no score lower than 65 within  the last 24 months; or
  • ISAT Test
    • ISAT is a 3-hour computer-based multiple-choice test designed to assess a candidate’s intellectual skills and abilities that are the foundation of academic success at tertiary level.
    • The ISAT test results must be provided by the relevant application closing date to be considered for entry.
    • The ISAT test result will be used in combination with academic results to determine applicants’ eligibility and ranking within applications received.
  • MCAT test minimum score: 491. Taken within the last 5 years.