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At Sydney Medical School we offer two entry pathways for students to study medicine:

There are also options available for combining graduate entry Medicine with other postgraduate study programs:

Combined degree Medicine pathway (Undergraduate entry)

Duration: approved undergraduate degree duration (through the relevant faculty) usually three to four (3-4) years full-time plus four years full-time graduate medicine (through Sydney Medical School)

Sydney Medical School offers a series of alternate pathways into the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). Students can combine an approved undergraduate degree with the four-year graduate-entry Medical Program. See the Combined Medicine chapter for more information about the combined medicine programs.

The following combined medicine and undergraduate degree options are available:

  • Arts Advanced Honours-Medicine
  • Music-Medicine
  • Science (Advanced)-Medicine
  • Medical Science-Medicine
  • Commerce-Medicine
  • Economics-Medicine.

Further information about the combined degree program is available on the web at:

Graduate entry Medicine Pathway

Duration: four years full-time (through Sydney Medical School)

The University of Sydney Medical Program is a graduate entry program leading to the award of a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).

Features of the award program include:

  • an integrated learning curriculum
  • problem based learning with online support
  • clinical experience at leading hospitals from the second week
  • optional Honours within the standard program
  • research opportunities at world-leading institutions
  • encouragement to undertake international electives
  • in-depth exposure to rural clinical practices.

The program is organised into four main curriculum themes which describe the important professional characteristics students will acquire by the completion of the program.

The four themes are:

  • basic and clinical sciences
  • patient and doctor
  • population medicine
  • personal and professional development.

The themes provide the framework for the goals of the program, the curriculum and assessment. The learning within the four themes necessarily overlaps and their program objectives should therefore be read as a single collective statement. Students are required to demonstrate satisfactory performance in all four themes.

Medicine and Master of Philosophy

Duration: four years full-time (through Sydney Medical School)

Students wishing to pursue or continue an interest in research may be able to enrol in a combined Medicine/Master of Philosophy(MBBS/MPhil) program.

This program will require students to undertake intensive periods of research, usually during the end of year break, over the four years of graduate-entry Medicine study.

For up to date details on eligibility and application requirements visit:

Further information about the MPhil program can also be found under the Research Options tab

Medicine and other postgraduate coursework programs

Some students combine their MBBS studies with a postgraduate coursework degree.

During your studies you are permitted to study up to a maximum of 12 credit points per semester in addition to your medical program studies.

Medical students have the opportunity to complete a Master of Public Health, a Master of International Public Health or a Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) in conjunction with their medical studies.

Further information about these courses can be found in the relevant postgraduate coursework area of study sections in this handbook, or on our website at: