The University of Newcastle, Australia

The Doctor of Medicine is part of the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program).
For further information about this program and how to apply, please refer to the Joint Medical Program website.

Program handbook


The Joint Medical Program is a two stage five year program comprising of a Bachelor of Medical Science (stage one) and Doctor of Medicine (stage two) offered jointly in partnership by the University of Newcastle and the University of New England. The program consists of three phases across the five years where stage two consists of Phase 3 (Years 4 and 5). Phase 3 is clinically orientated where students rotate through clinical placements, undertake a Student Selected Pathway and complete a Structured Reflective Option. In Year 4, students complete placements in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Medicine and Psychiatry. Year 5 is termed a pre-internship year which is designed to prepare students for internship. The clinical placements are in Surgery, Medicine, Critical Care and Trauma, and General Practice. During Year 4, students will consolidate their research method skills and complete the project proposed in Stage One (Year 3). The Student Selected Pathway is an opportunity for students to explore special interest areas within the broad categories of: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples health; Global Health; Health Professional Education; Laboratory Medicine; and Rural Health. Time is allocated in Year 4 for course and preparatory work in Year 4 for the experience in Year 5. The Structured Selective Option is an opportunity to explore other areas of interest and/or to consolidate knowledge and skills. This is available in Year 4. On completion of Stage Two, students will have completed the requirements for the Doctor of Medicine. Students will graduate with both the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine on a single testamur.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Demonstrated that they are patient-centred, compassionate and ethical
  • Demonstrated that they have integrated and advanced knowledge and high level of clinical skills
  • Demonstrated that they are self-aware, reflective and have well developed theoretical knowledge and reasoning skills
  • Demonstrated a positive attitude to life-long learning and the sharing of knowledge
  • Demonstrated that they can contribute to published research and critically analyse findings
  • Demonstrated that they have a global and community focus on healthcare delivery
  • Demonstrated that they are effective communicators and can advocate for their patients and for change in healthcare
  • Demonstrated that they can work effectively as team members and accept accountability as team leaders
  • Demonstrated that they respect and embrace the history, culture and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Demonstrated that they are committed to providing culturally competent, holistic, patient-centred care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples


Information correct as at23 Sep 2019 12:19 AM
Program code40047
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Extended)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 3 years full-time.
  • International students - 3 years full-time.
Term typeSemesters
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Health and Medicine
Contributing schools
  1. School of Medicine and Public Health
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code082394J

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Admission information

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Medicine, students must have completed stage one of the Joint Medical Program, the Bachelor of Medical Science. There are no other avenues for entry.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Only those applicants who can demonstrate a high level of proficiency in both written and spoken English will be considered for entry to this program.  Proficiency is assessed on the basis of results in one of the standard English tests such as TOEFL or IELTS.  With respect to TOEFL, a minimum score of 615 (4.5 TWE) paper based or TOEFL score of 103 (25 Essay Writing) computer based is required; for IELTS a score of 7.0 or greater is required with a minimum mark in each subtest of 7.0.  Candidates who have undertaken senior secondary study or at least two years of successful tertiary study in an overseas tertiary institution, in a non-English speaking country, where the medium of instruction was English may satisfy the English Language requirements.  English language understanding and verbal use is assessed at interview.

Credit transfer

There are no credit transfer/articulation arrangements for entry to the Bachelor of Medical Science or the Doctor of Medicine at The University of Newcastle, except for 80 units from the Bachelor of Medical Science (stage one) which is applied as specified credit for the Doctor of Medicine.

Compulsory program requirements

Students will complete clinical placements throughout the Doctor of Medicine.

Post-admission requirements

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements

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  • Signed Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 Student Undertaking

  • First Aid Certificate

    Providing first aid certificate with statement of attainment for:

    • HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
    • HLTAID002 Provide Basic Emergency Life Support
    • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid

Compulsory program requirements - Review of progress

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.

MEDI6101B - Specialties and Sub-specialties Part B

MEDI6103B - Research Project of Enquiry Part B

MEDI6201B - Transition to Practice Part B

Professional recognition

Australian Medical Council

Graduates are able to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).  After completing a one year internship, graduates can apply for registration in Australia and New Zealand. Registration in other countries may be possible upon application.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

240 units

Program duration

3 years full-time.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at

Program requirements

The Joint Medical Program requires five years of full time study with a maximum time allowed to complete stages one and two combined of eight years.

80 units from Year 3 (stage one) of the Bachelor of Medical Science is applied as specified credit for the Doctor of Medicine. The remaining 160 units are completed in Years 4 and 5.  

Students are required to enrol in both the A and B courses at the beginning of the academic year but will only be charged for a maximum of 40 units per semester unless approved to complete above the normal student load.

Courses titled with an A and B must be taken in order starting with A and the result for the A and B courses is assigned to the B course. A fail result will require the student to repeat both A and B.

Most courses/units within the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine - JMP involve clinical placements and these placements vary in length. Applicants should be aware that students enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine will be required to undertake placement at Clinical School locations away from their university of enrolment.

Stage two of the program is predominantly clinical placements. There are two streams: a Rural Stream and an Urban Stream. Students must indicate preferences for which stream they wish to follow during Year 3 of the Bachelor of Medical Science, and a ballot will be used if there are any unfilled clinical placements. Students who select, or are balloted to, the Rural Stream will be required to spend one year in a rural school and one year in an urban school. Students who select, or are balloted to, the Urban Stream will spend all or most of Phase 3 in urban schools and some may have individual rotations in rural schools.

Students are responsible for the costs associated with travel and accommodation for clinical placements.

The six JMP Clinical Schools are:


  • Hunter Clinical School including John Hunter, Calvary Mater, Belmont and Hunter Valley hospitals
  • Central Coast Clinical School based around Gosford and Wyong Hospitals
  • Maitland Clinical School based around Maitland Hospital and Hunter Valley hospitals


  • Manning Clinical School based around Taree Rural Referral Hospital
  • Peel Clinical School based around Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital
  • Tablelands Clinical School based around Armidale Rural Referral Hospital

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

Additional documents

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
MEDI6101ASpecialties and Sub-specialties Part ANot currently offered25 units
MEDI6101BSpecialties and Sub-specialties Part BNot currently offered25 units
MEDI6102APathways to Medical Practice Part ANot currently offered5 units
MEDI6102BPathways to Medical Practice Part BNot currently offered5 units
MEDI6103AResearch Project of Enquiry Part ANot currently offered10 units
MEDI6103BResearch Project of Enquiry Part BNot currently offered10 units
MEDI6201ATransition to Practice Part ANot currently offered35 units
MEDI6201BTransition to Practice Part BNot currently offered35 units
MEDI6202APathways Experience Part ANot currently offered5 units
MEDI6202BPathways Experience Part BNot currently offered5 units

Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

The Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine – Joint Medical Program (MD-JMP) is offered jointly by the University of Newcastle and the University of New England and has a common curriculum at both institutions. Applicants successful in gaining entry to the Bachelor of Medical Science will be offered a place at either the University of Newcastle or University of New England based on their stated enrolment location preferences listed on their JMP direct online university application. Enrolment in the Doctor of Medicine will be at the same University as enrolment for the Bachelor of Medical Science.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Places for International students within the program are filled via contractual agreements with specific overseas institutions. In addition, limited places are reserved for International students entering via the Newcastle International College Foundation Program for Medicine offered at the University of Newcastle.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

The Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practical assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes 'reasonable accommodations' under Anti-Discrimination legislation.