Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Tasmania is a 5-year degree program. You will study at the following campuses: Hobart (Years 1-3) + Hobart Clinical School, Launceston Clinical School or Rural Clinical School (Years 4-5)
Once you've completed the course, you'll be eligible for provisional registration to work in approved hospitals whilst undertaking training as an intern for one year. On successful completion of your internship, you can gain full registration to work in Australia and New Zealand and can choose, if you wish, to study in an area of specialisation, whilst continuing to work.
Applications for the MBBS must be received by 5:00pm on Monday 30th September 2019. No late applications will be considered. MBBS entry requirements for international applicants can be found here. If you're interested in studying the Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery in 2020 you'll need to meet the following requirements:
Entry Requirements – DOMESTIC APPLICANTS If you've just finished school (year 12 leaver):
1. A minimum ATAR score of 95* or higher.
*Adjustment factors may apply to year 12 leaver applicants via the Rural Application Process (RAP) Rural Application Process (RAP)
2. Prerequisite subjects (English and Chemistry):
Year 12 English Communications (ENG315117 or equivalent); or
Year 12 English Literature (ENL315114 or equivalent); or
Year 12 English Writing (ENW315114 or equivalent)
Year 12 Chemistry (CHM415115 or equivalent).
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Prerequisites must have been completed within the last five years.
3. A UCAT mean score greater than or equal to the 50th percentile (combined scores of the 4 cognitive sections, i.e. first 4 sections and excluding the situational judgement test).
RANKING: Applicants with an ATAR of 95 or more, Satisfactory Achievements in the subject prerequisites English and Chemistry and a UCAT mean score greater than or equal to the 50th percentile, will be ranked by ATAR score.
Year 12 school leaver applicants must not have previously commenced tertiary study. An ATAR score loses its currency after 5 years. Applicants approved for an offer MUST be at least 17 years of age at course commencement. If you're a student who has commenced or completed tertiary level study (non-year 12 leaver): The University of Tasmania predominantly admits year 12 school leavers to its MBBS degree (approximately 75 of 100 domestic places are for year 12 leavers).
To be eligible to apply for the MBBS as a non-year 12 applicant in 2019 (for 2020 commencement) you must be a current University of Tasmania Bachelor of Medical Research (53E or M3M) student. This will be the case for any non-year 12 students commencing from 2020-2022.
PLEASE NOTE: Students commencing the BMedRes in 2020 or later can apply to enter the MBBS only on completion of their course (with application in their third BMedRes year for MBBS entry in 2023 or later).
From 2023 there will be a quota of at least 50% (approximately 12 places) of non-year 12 entrants to MBBS from students completing the University of Tasmania Bachelor of Medical Research.
Non-year 12 leaver entry to the MBBS from 2023 will be on completion of a bachelor’s degree only (including the quota described above for the preferred pathway course the Bachelor of Medical Research).
For students who entered the Bachelor of Medical Research in 2017-2019:
Entry to the MBBS is through the following entry schemes (for entry in 2020-2022):
(i) BMedRes Competitive Entry Scheme – Domestic (for MBBS entry in 2020-2022 only):
Bachelor of Medical Research Competitive Entry Scheme allows students who entered the BMedRes in 2017-2019 to apply for the MBBS in 2020-2022 if they have:
The pre-requisite entry requirements:
1. A UCAT mean score greater than or equal to the 50th percentile in their year of application to the MBBS (combined scores of the 4 cognitive sections, i.e. first 4 sections and excluding the situational judgement test).
2. Average results in the BMedRes of the following (or greater):
Distinction average (70%) in Year 1 or 2; OR
Credit average (65%) by the end of Year 3
RANKING: Applicants in the BMedRes competitive entry scheme with a UCAT mean score greater than or equal to the 50th percentile and average results in the BMedRes that meet the pre-requisite entry requirements (see above), will be ranked on their average cumulative result in the BMedRes. Please note this is a highly competitive scheme and entry into MBBS is not guaranteed. Of approximately 40 students who met criteria for entry via the BMedRes competitive entry scheme in 2019, only 11 were successful in obtaining an offer.
Applicants need to complete a full-time load (100 credit points in an academic year) with no Leaves of Absence (or deferral), no failures and no credit or recognition of prior learning.
The number of places available in the BMedRes competitive entry scheme will be the number of Domestic Non-Year 12 Leaver places (approximately 25) minus the number of students already enrolled in the Guaranteed Entry Scheme (see below) who meet the eligibility criteria for that pathway to enter MBBS.
(ii) Guaranteed Entry Scheme – Domestic (CLOSED for new applicants)
The Guaranteed Entry Scheme is now closed to new applicants. Current students in the guaranteed entry scheme can continue under their pathway conditions for entry to MBBS until 2022.
More information about the Bachelor of Medical Research (53E) "The medical research program provides a wide breadth of study opportunities. The insights I've gained moving to Tasmania and completing a degree prior to my medical degree have proved an exceptional asset."– Cameron Marshall, Bachelor of Medical Research, Alumni
If you are from a rural area:
You may be eligible for the Rural Application Process (RAP)
The University of Tasmania MBBS has a commonwealth quota of 50% rural students.
ATAR adjustment factors may be available to year 12 leaver rural applicants via the Rural Application Process.
Domestic non-year 12 leaver applicants who meet rural residency requirements should apply via the Rural Application Process (RAP) although they are not eligible for any adjustment factors. This allows these applicants to be eligible for rural student funding and/or scholarships when available.
If you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander:
You may be eligible for the Aboriginal Entry Application Process (AEAP)
The Aboriginal Entry Application Process has more flexible options to meet entry criteria for MBBS, a UCAT score is not required.
The MBBS has a Commonwealth obligation to offer and enrol a certain number of students each year into rural bonded medical places with a target of approximately 30% of students.
Under the BMP Scheme, the Government funds a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) at a medical school at an Australian university. In exchange for a medical place, once they have graduated, bonded participants agree to work in an area of workforce shortage for a period outlined when they are offered a bonded medical place.
The BMP Scheme does not provide a scholarship.
BMP offers are made in both year 12 leaver and non-year 12 leaver pathways.
General Information about the (BMP) Scheme can be found at the Federal Government's Department of Health website http://www.health.gov.au/bmpscheme
What is UCAT?
All domestic applicants will be required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) ANZ https://www.ucat.edu.au/. The UCAT ANZ test will replace the UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) from 2019 (for university entry in 2020).
When assessing your application into the MBBS we use your UCAT result to help us determine your eligibility for entry.
The UCAT test takes place in July of the year you want to apply to attend University.
Registration and Booking is a 2-step process that takes place from March to May.
Your UCAT score only lasts for 12 months and therefore can only be used for university admission in the year following the test (i.e. 2019 test for entry in 2020). This means, if you don't get accepted into MBBS and decide to try again the following year, you will need to re-sit the UCAT.
Entry Requirements – INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS
MBBS entry requirements for international applicants can be found here.
Please note the prerequisite subjects as well as the minimum entry and English language requirements. You are required to have an ISAT score to be considered for entry. Note also that there are four Offer Rounds with strict closing dates.
If you are an international student applying into the course, you will need to sit the ISAT test. This test is like the UCAT test but has been created specifically for international students. For more information on ISAT please visit www.isat.acer.edu.au
BMedRes Entry Scheme – International
A quota of five places is allocated to the top-ranking international students from University of Tasmania Bachelor of Medical Research (BMedRes) who meet eligibility criteria to enter MBBS the year following completion of their BMedRes degree.
To be eligible for a place in the BMedRes applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Medical Research.
For the BMedRes International entry pathway students are required to undertake the 3 years of BMedRes, and then the 5 years of MBBS.Entry requirements (for MBBS following completion of BMedRes) International:
A minimum ISAT score of 50 overall, and 50 in each band. ISAT will be required to be undertaken in the third (final) year of BMedRes. Average results in the BMedRes of a credit (65%) or greater over the entire course.
RANKING: Applicants will be ranked for entry into MBBS based on their average cumulative result in the BMedRes.
NOTE: Whilst they are students in the BMedRes, MBBS applicants need to complete a full-time load (100 credit points in an academic year) with no Leaves of Absence (or deferral), no failures and no credit or recognition of prior learning.
Guaranteed Entry Scheme – International (CLOSED)
The Guaranteed Entry Scheme is now closed to new applicants.
Please note that International Students are not guaranteed an intern position in Australia following completion of the course. The intern year is necessary for full registration with the Medical Board of Australia.
All students enrolling in University of Tasmania College of Health and Medicine programs (including MBBS) that include professional experience placements, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements documentation.
Please visit http://www.utas.edu.au/health/professional-experience-placement/safety-in-practice-requirements to see what's required.
AskUs Article on Special Consideration
Special consideration is available to well-prepared applicants who experience exceptional circumstances or disadvantage during their studies which impact negatively on their results and in turn on their competitiveness when applying for admission.
Special Consideration does not waive the need for course entry requirements or pre-requisite subject requirements being met.
For example, a serious or debilitating illness, misadventure or an extended period of educational disadvantage or personal hardship may be given special consideration.
Australian Year 12 students who experience exceptional difficulties during their exam period should apply to the Tasmanian Office, Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC), or their local state organisation. https://www.tasc.tas.gov.au/students/years-11-and-12/preparing-for-exams/illness-emergency/