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Medicine, Surgery

Bachelor Degree


Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
5 years full-time
Curtin Perth


Train to be a doctor and pursue a diverse career in medicine.

Lachlan Hou

The best part about the course is how practical the teaching methods are. There is very minimal time spent in lectures – most time is spent focusing on case scenarios and clinical skills sessions. This allows for a very personalised approach as the tutors will happily address any specific concerns you have.

Accelerated learning

Five-year, direct-entry – the only undergraduate entry medical degree program in Western Australia.

Highly ranked course

Curtin Medical School is #1 in Australia in its field of study for teaching quality.

(2021 Good Universities Guide)

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

The selection process page and the key dates and deadlines page within the 2021 Admissions Guide has been updated. Please refer to the Admissions Guide regularly for any future updates.

This course can lead to many careers in the medical profession. Your studies will focus on biomedical sciences and clinical sciences, as well as healthcare in settings such as primary care, hospitals and aged care. You will also study Indigenous health, population health and professional development concepts.

In your first year, you'll complete discipline-based subjects in medicine and begin developing skills in clinical communication. You will also develop skills in interprofessional practice by learning alongside other health sciences students.

Your second and third years will be devoted to a more intensive study of medical knowledge that focuses on the structure and function of the human body in health and disease.

In your fourth year, you'll transition from the Curtin campus into a clinical setting, and work with people from all age groups under clinical supervision in hospital and community settings, including in rural and remote locations.

Your final year will be in clinical settings where you will work as a member of a healthcare team in preparation for your internship once you graduate.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Additional pathways to study medicine are available for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander applicants and for rural and equity applicants. This course is not available to international onshore students on student visas.

Why study

  • Our five-year, direct-entry medical degree is the only undergraduate entry program in Western Australia. This means you don't need a three-year bachelor degree to enter the course.
  • Its strong emphasis on primary care will position you well for rural and remote practice, as well as outer suburban locations, where there is an acute shortage of doctors.
  • Curtin Medical School is #1 in Australia in its field of study for teaching quality, learner engagement, learning resources and student support according to the 2021 Good Universities Guide. It is also the top WA university for overall experience and skills development.
  • The course was ranked 9th nationally in the reputable 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THEWUR) by Subject

How this course will make you industry ready

Curtin recognises the complex issues facing the Western Australian health system, its workforce and the need for more doctors to be “generalists” in their orientation. This means we are committed to producing graduates who are better equipped to meet community needs, with primary care expertise, strong leadership skills and the ability to operate effectively in interprofessional care teams.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Medical Council.

Career information


  • Medical practitioner.


  • Aged care
  • Consultancy
  • Community health
  • General practice
  • Management
  • Mental health
  • Pathology
  • Research
  • Rural health.

What you'll learn

  • apply an understanding of normal development, disorders and diseases, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and scientific methods to the practice of medicine
  • interpret clinical information to assess health status, formulate and explain a diagnosis, prioritise treatment based on effectiveness, provide management in consultation with the patient and carer/s, and reflect critically on health outcomes
  • locate, critically evaluate and interpret evidence to inform clinical decision-making and clinical practice, and to improve the quality of health care, and health care systems
  • communicate in different ways to: maintain interpersonal doctor/patient and inter-professional team relationships; ensure shared decision making in health outcomes; engage in health advocacy; and, advance health outcomes
  • use appropriate technologies effectively in clinical practice and recognise the role of technology in advancing scientific knowledge and evidence-based practice
  • discuss knowledge with colleagues, reflect on clinical practice, and plan on-going personal and professional development needs for self and others
  • apply relevant internationally recognised evidence-based standards and practices in medicine, and evaluate the impact of global health on health and health care delivery in Australia
  • demonstrate cultural competence with individuals, families and communities, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and account for the impact of culture on health and illness, including how one’s own beliefs, attitudes and practices can influence interactions with patients, carers and the wider community
  • practice medicine in a professional and safe manner by: adhering to legal responsibilities and ethical principles; working effectively in health care teams; showing leadership; demonstrating a commitment to easing pain and suffering; promoting health and advocating for patients and their families

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants must sit the UCAT ANZ test. For further information please see- Applicants can only use test scores from the prior year for current year admissions. For example, only 2019 results can be used for the 2020 admissions round.

Applicants should also familiarise themselves with the Inherent Requirements and Professional Behaviour requirements before deciding to apply for this course.

Applicants for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery are required to submit supplementary documents with their application. Please visit the MBBS application requirements page for further information and to download the MBBS Admissions Guide. The MBBS Admissions Guide contains information about admission criteria, requirements and eligibility. It is imperative that applicants familiarise themselves with the guide to ensure they understand the requirements of the admission and application process.

The MBBS course has full-year units from years 2 to 5.

If you are shortlisted for this course, you will be required to attend an interview. Further information is contained in our current year admissions guide.

Please note: This course is not available to international onshore students on student visas.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Application information

When you apply for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, you will be required to submit supplementary documents with your application. Please visit the MBBS application requirements page for further information and to download the MBBS Admissions Guide. The Admissions Guide is subject to change throughout the admission period, it is recommended that you check back regularly for updates. The MBBS Admissions Guide contains information about admission criteria, requirements and eligibility. It is imperative that you familiarise yourself with the guide to ensure you understand the requirements of the admission and application process.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

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Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.


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