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

University of New England

Undergraduate course details table
Campus Course code Fee type Pattern of
Course start date
Armidale or Newcastle – Callaghan 785000 CSP 5F 24 Feb 2020


You can add this course to your preferences until Sunday 1 December 2019.

B Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine is offered jointly by the University of New England and the University of Newcastle as the Joint Medical Program (JMP). The program provides students with the medical expertise and skills to help maintain and promote individual and community health in Australia and around the world.

There is a common curriculum across both institutions. Applicants successful in gaining entry to this program will be offered a place at either university based on their stated enrolment location preferences listed on their JMP direct online university application. There is no guarantee that candidates will be allocated their preferred location.

Students enrolled in this degree 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 clinical placement.

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 relating to inherent requirements, visit the University of Newcastle website. Applicants who may be unsure of their ability to complete the degree and work in the profession should contact the University prior to applying.

Areas of study: Medicine. Clinical exposure (dealing with patients, visiting hospital wards and outpatient clinics, and spending time with doctors in practice) begins in the first year and continues throughout the degree.

Career opportunities: Medical practice or medical research with further studies.

Professional recognition: Graduates will be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and medical registration bodies in Australia (Medical Board of Australia) and New Zealand with the possibility of overseas registration. The University will provide student details to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for the purpose of student registration.

Practical experience: Clinical experience will begin in first semester and increase throughout the degree. Students will obtain field experience in urban, rural and regional settings. Through our clinical school network, students will gain a range of professional experiences including placements in hospitals wards, general practice and outpatient clinics. While undertaking these placements students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and related expenses. Applicants should be aware of this requirement when applying for entry to the Joint Medical Program.

Honours: Students who complete a minimum of three years of study in B Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program) are eligible to apply for B 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: Visit the UNE website for current fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

In addition to submitting a UAC application, applicants must:

  1. have registered to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) with the UMAT Office by 11.59pm AEST Friday 17 May 2019 (A fee will apply. For details, visit the UCAT website.)
  2. attend a UCAT session at the nominated test site between July 01 and July 31 2019
  3. submit a Joint Medical Program (JMP) direct online university application by visiting the University of Newcastle website
  4. apply between mid-August and midnight AEST Monday 30 September 2019 (Late applications will not be accepted.)
  5. include 785000 B Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program) as a preference on their UAC application by Sunday 1 December 2019
  6. participate in a structured (Multiple Skills Assessment) interview and an online personal qualities assessment in November/December (or mid/late January for non-rural interstate applicants)
  7. 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, University of Newcastle on (02) 4921 5000 or the School of Rural Medicine, University of New England on (02) 6773 3048.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students: 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 Thursday 31 October 2019 and include 785000 B 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 Wollotuka Institute, University of Newcastle on (02) 4921 6863 or The Oorala Aboriginal Centre, University of New England on freecall 1800 622 384. Prospective students should be aware that Miroma Bunbilla is a week-long compulsory PreMed program and will be conducted in November/December.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes: visit the University of Newcaste 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: visit the University of Newcaste website.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't 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 University of Newcaste website.

Student profile

Visit the UNE website.

Further information

Visit the UNE website or the University of Newcaste website.

How to apply

Read about how to apply through UAC.

Check UAC application and offer round dates.

Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the course search on the UAC website or the My UAC app regularly throughout the 2019–20 admissions period.

ATAR profile table

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2019)
ATAR profile data table
Course code Lowest ATAR (LA) Median ATAR (MA) Highest ATAR (HA) Lowest selection rank (LSR) Median selection rank (MSR) Highest selection rank (HSR)
785000 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A


  1. 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 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.
  2. 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 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2018 – semesters 1 and 2).
  3. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  4. 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.

LA - Lowest ATAR.
MA - Median ATAR.
HA - Highest ATAR.
LSR - Lowest selection rank.
LSR - Median selection rank.
LSR - Highest selection rank.