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Double Degrees in Medicine

Bachelor of Arts / Doctor of Medicine (BA/MD)

Bachelor of Science / Doctor of Medicine (BSc/MD)

  Bachelor of Arts / Doctor of Medicine Bachelor of Science / Doctor of Medicine
Degree Abbreviation BA/MD BSc/MD
Credit points required to complete 336 336
Time to complete full-time 7 years 7 years

Double Degree Medicine courses

Duration: approved undergraduate degree duration plus four years full-time postgraduate Sydney Medical Program (Sydney Medical School)

Sydney Medical School Double Degrees in Medicine Admissions

Sydney Medical School offers a series of alternate pathways into the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. Students are able to combine an approved undergraduate degree with the four-year postgraduate medical program.

Admission criteria

Applicants are only eligible for admission to the first available course intake following receipt of their final results. Applicants are ineligible for admission to the course in subsequent years. The basic admission criteria for applicants are:

  • an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) or equivalent (see Double degree medicine - undergraduate entry for more information)
  • an assessment process, which includes a written assessment and a panel discussion session

Places available

Up to 30 domestic and 10 international places may be offered each year.

Up to 5 additional places may be offered each year to applicants who identify as Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and up to 5 additional places may be offered each year to Early Offer Year 12 (E12) applicants.

Once the approved undergraduate degree is completed, students enter the Sydney Medical Program and are subject to the normal Sydney Medical School progression requirements.

Areas of study and progression

In the first three years of study students will undertake studies in their first chosen area (Arts or Science).

In order to progress to the Doctor of Medicine, students need to meet all progression requirements (including satisfactorily completing a zero-credit point unit of study in Medicine) during their Bachelor degree studies, as specified under the B Arts/Doctor of Medicine or B Science/Doctor of Medicine course rules found in the respective faculty handbook.

The zero-credit point subject includes: an observational elective placement selected in consultation with the course director; meetings with the course director each year of enrolment to reflect on personal and professional development; and other elective opportunities in Indigenous and Community health.

Prior to commencing their elective placement, students are required to comply with Sydney Medical School student requirements for entering NSW Health facilities.

Students must complete the initial Bachelor degree within three years (or four years with Honours), excluding any authorised periods of suspension, and achieve a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65.0 in each year of study in the first degree.

Further information

Further information about the Double Degree Program is available
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