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

University of Newcastle

Undergraduate course details table
Campus Course code Fee type Pattern of
Course start date
Newcastle – Callaghan or Armidale 785000 CSP 5F 22 Feb 2021


The Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program) is offered jointly by the University of Newcastle and University of New England 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 students 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 important role in multidisciplinary health teams, contributing expertise 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.

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.

Applicants who gain entry to the University of Newcastle will have the opportunity to nominate to complete their program at the Central Coast Clinical School located at Gosford Hospital. The University of Newcastle will provide details on the nomination process in early 2021.

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. For more information, visit the JMP website.

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 JMP 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, including medical sciences, clinical medical and surgical specialties (eg respiratory and cardiovascular medicine, cancer treatment, orthopaedics), 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, emergency doctor, surgeon, paediatrician, obstetrician and gynaecologist, psychiatrist, diagnostic specialist (eg radiologists pathologist), medical administrator, public health physician, medical researcher.

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 is opportunity for hands-on research experience supported by active medical researchers.

Honours: 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: Visit the University of Newcastle website for 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 Monday 11 May 2020. A fee will apply. For details, visit the UCAT website.
  2. attend a UCAT session at the nominated test site between 1 July and 31 July 31 2020
  3. submit a Joint Medical Program (JMP) direct online university application by visiting the University of Newcastle website
  4. apply online between mid-August and midnight AEST Wednesday 30 September 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.
  5. include 785000 Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program) as a preference on your UAC application by Tuesday 1 December 2020
  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 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 studentsmay 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 Saturday 31 October 2020 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 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 Newcastle 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 Newcastle 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 Newcastle website.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

There are no credit transfer/articulation arrangements for entry to the Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine – Joint Medical Program at the University of Newcastle. Credit applications will be assessed on an individual basis.

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Student profile

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Further information

Visit the University of Newcastle JMP website or the UNE 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 regularly.

Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit the University of Newcastle website.

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.

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 91.55 98.55 99.95 91.55 98.55 99.95


  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