Combined Medicine degrees

Sydney Medical School is pleased to offer a series of alternate pathways into the Medical Program. Students will be able to combine an approved undergraduate degree with the University's prestigious four-year graduate-entry Medical Program. At present there are agreements in place for combining the following undergraduate degrees:

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

Up to 30 places will be offered for the combined medicine degrees.

The following Pathway, subject to final approval, is available to 2009 Year 12 applicants who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people:

  • Science (Advanced)-Medicine or Medical Science-Medicine

Up to 5 additional places will be offered each year to ATSI applicants.

Course profile

The combination of other undergraduate degrees and medicine degrees offers students the opportunity to receive a strong background in a broad range of areas, and the flexibility for students to study subjects from other faculties (including Arts, Economics & Business, Engineering, Music and Sydney College of the Arts). The Medical Program emphasises practical delivery with much of the program using problem-based learning with contextually relevant medical issues as the foundation of the curriculum. Once the approved undergraduate degree is completed, normal Sydney Medical School progression requirements will apply after the student enters the MBBS program.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration by medical boards in all Australian states and territories and in New Zealand.

Information for international graduates wishing to register in their home country or graduates wishing to practice medicine in countries other than Australia is available on the the Medical Program website.

Career opportunities

One year of internship is required prior to registration. Most junior doctors make their career choice during their second postgraduate year, most commonly opting for general practice or one of the specialties.

Clinical training under the supervision of one of the specialist
colleges (RACGP, RACP, RACS, etc) takes between three and six years in most instances.

Australia is in special need of doctors for rural and remote practice, including indigenous health care.

Other careers for graduates include medical research, teaching, medical administration, medical communication or journalism, consulting and overseas aid work.