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Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program)

University of New England

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You can add this course to your preferences until 1 December 2023.

The Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program) is offered jointly by the University of New England and University of Newcastle in partnership with Hunter, New England and Central Coast Local Health Districts. There is a common curriculum across both campuses.

Studying to be a doctor is challenging and rewarding. The program provides you with the skills and knowledge to begin a career focused on helping restore, maintain and promote individual and community health in Australia and around the world. Doctors act as key players on multidisciplinary health teams to diagnose and treat patients.

The field of medicine is rapidly changing, with advances in technology and research enabling new therapies and improved patient outcomes. Doctors play an essential role in the diagnosis and treatment of a range of health conditions. This degree has been developed in close consultation with doctors, other healthcare providers, health service representatives, graduates of the program and current students to ensure it is relevant and responsive to the rapidly changing health environment. The degree creates work-ready interns with a dedication to excellence in all aspects of patient care, and a commitment to self-directed, lifelong learning.

Students enrolled in this program are required to undertake clinical placements at locations away from their university of enrolment. These placements may be outside the standard University semester dates. In third, fourth and fifth years, clinical placements are completed within the six JMP clinical schools. Students will have the opportunity to apply, or may be required to spend up to one year at a rural clinical school (Armidale/Taree/Tamworth). All students are required to complete one year at a metropolitan clinical school (Hunter/Central Coast/Maitland).

This degree requires students to participate in clinical placements in NSW Health facilities. During placements, students will be subject to policies and procedures laid down by NSW Health. Students must also meet all NSW Health verification requirements before attending.

Students enrolling in this degree are required to obtain a WorkCover-approved Provide First Aid Certificate during semester 1 and those students enrolling at the University of New England are also required to obtain a Working with Children Check.

The Joint Medical Program and future professional practice are both mentally and physically demanding. Prospective students should be aware that mental and physical capabilities sufficient to perform all aspects of routine medical practices, such as physical examination and routine medical and surgical procedures, are required in order to meet program requirements. Students may be required to practise hands-on examinations and simulated treatments/procedures with other students in laboratory classes. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements.

Applicants who may be unsure of their ability to complete the program and work in the profession should contact the University prior to applying.

Areas of study

Medicine, including medical sciences, clinical medical and surgical specialties (e.g. respiratory and cardiovascular medicine, cancer treatment, orthopedics), community and public health, women’s and children’s health,  mental health, hospital-based medicine, research and the critical evaluation of evidence.

Career opportunities

General practitioner, rural generalist, emergency medical specialist, epidemiologist or medical researcher, surgeon, paediatrician, obstetrician and gynaecologist, psychiatrist, oncologist, neurologist, diagnostic specialist (e.g. radiologist, pathologist), paediatrician, palliative medicine specialist, medical administrator, public health physician, medical researcher, university lecturer/academic.

Professional recognition

On successful completion of the Joint Medical Program, graduates are eligible for provisional registration with the Medical Board of Australia under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. A period of accredited intern training is then required before general registration as a medical practitioner can be approved.

Practical experience

Opportunity to complete placements in urban, regional and rural settings across Australia. Our clinical teachers are highly skilled national and international experts in their field. Your clinical experience will begin in the first semester and increase throughout the degree. You will gain a range of professional experiences and an in-depth understanding of the patient journey as you meet with patients and carers, visit hospital wards and outpatient clinics, and spend time with doctors in practice. You will develop an understanding of global health systems and have opportunities to undertake clinical placements and exchanges abroad. Throughout the program there are opportunities for hands-on research experience supported by active medical researchers.


Students who complete the Bachelor of Medical Science are eligible to apply for a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours), a one-year full-time honours degree designed to provide students with training in scientific method and in the verbal and written communication of scientific results.

Fees and charges

Refer to UNE current fee information.

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

In addition to submitting a UAC application, you must:

  1. have registered to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) by 11.59pm AEST Wednesday 17 May 2023. A fee will apply. For details, visit the UCAT website.
  2. attend a UCAT ANZ session at the nominated test site.
  3. submit a Joint Medical Program (JMP) direct online university application before midnight (AEST) on Friday 29 September 2023. Late applications will not be accepted.
  4. include 785000 B Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program) as a preference on your UAC application by Friday 1 December 2023.
  5. participate in a structured (Multiple Skills Assessment) interview and an online personal qualities assessment in November/December 2023 (or mid/late January for non-rural interstate applicants).
  6. be selected in competition with other eligible applicants.

Year 12 applicants must attain a minimum ATAR of 94.30 or equivalent. Candidates completing their Year 12 studies in a designated rural or remote location will be considered for entry with a minimum ATAR of 91.40 or equivalent.

Rural/remote students: Students who can demonstrate a significant rural/remote background may be eligible to apply under the Rural–Remote Admissions Scheme. For further information, call the Enquiry Centre, School of Rural Medicine, University of New England on (02) 6773 3796 or the University of Newcastle on (02) 4921 5000.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students may also apply for admission through the Joint Medical Program Miroma Bunbilla Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pre-Entry to Medicine Program. Students wishing to be considered for entry under this scheme must submit a UAC application by Friday 29 September 2023 and include 785000 Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program) as a preference. For further information concerning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander selection and application requirements call The Oorala Aboriginal Centre, University of New England on freecall 1800 622 384 or the Thurru Indigenous Health Unit, University of Newcastle on (02) 4921 6863. Prospective students should be aware that Miroma Bunbilla is a week-long compulsory PreMed program and will be conducted in early December.

Check the special requirements and policies for this course.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Recommended studies: Any 2 units of English.

Guaranteed ATAR: Not applicable to this course.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies, your grade point average can be used for admission purposes: visit the Joint Medical Program website.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you have not completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree: visit the Joint Medical Program website.

Further information

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2023)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2023 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

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Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.