Joint Medical Program (JMP)
Our innovative five-year degree will prepare you for a rewarding medical career and for a key role in the maintenance and promotion of individual and community health in Australia and around the world.
The combined Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) / Doctor of Medicine (MD) is an Extended Masters degree offered jointly by the University of Newcastle and University of New England in partnership with Hunter New England and Central Coast Local Health Districts.
Known as the MD-JMP, this program has been developed in close consultation with doctors, health care providers, graduates and current students to ensure it is relevant and responsive to the rapidly changing health environment. You can choose to study in either Newcastle or Armidale and will receive both degrees after completion.
The MD-JMP is student centred and research intensive. We will provide you with the opportunity to develop comprehensive theoretical knowledge, research skills and clinical expertise, under the guidance of experienced academics and specialists that are world-leaders in their field.
With a strong focus on experiential learning throughout the degree, you will utilise state-of-the-art educational technology including simulated learning environments. Clinical exposure through placements begins early in the first year and ensures you are continually putting into practice the theory and hands-on skills you learn in your lectures and tutorials.
We actively encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for the JMP by offering up to 17 positions each year through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Entry Program. The University of Newcastle is renowned for providing excellent support to medical students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and has graduated almost half of Australia’s Indigenous doctors from these communities. Support is also available for students at UNE.
In addition, the JMP is committed to addressing the doctor shortage in rural and remote Australia and as such will actively recruit students interested in practising rural medicine.