The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


5 years full-time study with a maximum time to complete of 8 years.

Study medicine

A world-class medical program, delivered locally.

Launch your medical career in a world-class medical degree program. This program has been designed to ensure it is and remains relevant to a rapidly changing health care environment. You will graduate having learned the medical expertise and skills to help maintain and promote individual and community health in Australia and around the world.

Gain your qualification with support from medical education experts and medical and inter-professional health care practitioners. The five-year Bachelor of Medical Science degree and Doctor of Medicine – Joint Medical Program (MD-JMP) is offered by the University of Newcastle in partnership with the University of New England and Hunter New England Local Health District and Central Coast Local Health District.

Why study with us?

  • A world-class qualification in five years - with the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of medicine we are one of only a handful of universities that provide undergraduate entry to a medical degree program that leads to internship in five years.
  • Our medical graduates get jobs - 100% of our Medicine students find full-time employment within four months of graduating with us (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019).
  • Learn from research leaders - you will be taught by leading active clinicians and researchers when you study the JMP. Which will keep you at the forefront of breaking research discoveries.
  • Access advanced educational technology throughout your degree - including simulated learning environments with life-like manikins suffering from real health problems.
  • Hands-on training - Clinical placements start in your first year of studies, helping you hone your medical knowledge and skills in a real-world environment.
92% ? of Medicine graduates found employment within four months
12 ? Medical and Health Sciences areas rated at 'well above world standard'
Top 150 in the world ? for medicine
Over 100 ? Indigenous doctors have graduated

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Entry Pathway

Up to 17 positions are allocated within this program each year for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people applying for entry via the Miroma Bunbilla program. UON is a leader in providing excellent support to medical students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and has graduated almost half of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors.

Find out more about applying to this program as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student.

What you will study

Joint Medical Program students study a Bachelor of Medical Science in years one to three, and a Doctor of Medicine in years four and five.

Your studies will follow a three-phase pathway (PDF, 151KB):

  • Phase 1: Essentials of Medical Practice
  • Phase 2: Engaging in Medical Practice
  • Phase 3: Extension of Medical Practice

Students enrolled in the Joint Medical Program will:

  • Gain a thorough and broad understanding of medicine and the basic sciences, learning how to apply your knowledge to specific medical problems.
  • Discover patient-centred clinical methods through problem-based learning.
  • Choose to study electives that interest you, such rural health, Aboriginal health and public health.
  • Develop critical research skills that will set you in good stead for life-long learning in your medical career.

Find out more about the courses you will study in the Joint Medical Program.

Advanced study options

An Honours degree equips you with highly sought after and respected skills and knowledge.

An honours degree sets the foundations of potential for further academic study, such as a PhD, or improving your chances of gaining entry into other degrees. It can also give you an employment edge with higher positions and salaries.

You can elect to study a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) if you have completed a minimum of 240 units of the Bachelor of Medicine or 240 units of the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine at UON.

Medical Science (Honours) program handbook


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

Additional documents

Career opportunities

University of Newcastle medicine students are sought after by employers with 94% securing employment within four months of graduating. Medicine graduates have a wide range of career options available to them. Following graduation, you can choose to continue your studies and specialise in an area that interests you.

Possible career options include:

  • general practitioner
  • emergency medical specialist
  • epidemiologist
  • medical oncologist
  • neurologist
  • obstetrician and gynaecologist
  • paediatrician
  • palliative medicine specialist
  • psychiatrist
  • surgeon
  • university lecturer/academic

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Following graduation, you can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). After completing a one-year internship, you can then register for medical practice in Australia. International graduates should be aware that the current standard English Language Competency for registration as a medical practitioner in most states of Australia is an IELTS of 7.0.

Full or partial registration is available in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Registration in other countries may be possible upon application.

Practical experience

Practical experience

Clinical experience

Clinical experience begins in your first year of study and increases throughout the degree. You will gain a range of professional experiences as you meet with patients, visit hospital wards and outpatient clinics, and spend time with doctors in practice. You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the delivery of healthcare using new and emerging technologies.

Specialty placements

In your final two years of study, you will undertake specialty placements in women’s and children’s health, mental health, trauma, general medicine, surgery, general practice, and emergency medicine. Our extensive network enables field experiences in urban, rural, and regional settings in Australia.