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COURSE

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

B-MBBS

TAUGHT BY: Curtin Medical School

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

5years

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

1000

About offering

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.

Work as part of an interprofessional healthcare team to provide primary healthcare services to the community.

This course can lead to many careers in the medical profession. Your studies will focus on primary care, chronic conditions, aged care, mental health, Indigenous health, biomedical and clinical sciences and population health, as well as acute care.

Students complete the fourth and fifth years of this course in clinical settings, working with people of all ages under clinical supervision in hospitals and community settings, including rural and remote locations.

Your first year of the course is interprofessional and undertaken with other health sciences students. You will also complete discipline-based units in medicine and be introduced to clinical practice.

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

Third year is a transition from the Curtin campus into the clinical setting. Fourth year is undertaken in clinical settings, including rural locations.

Your final year will also be in clinical settings where you will work as a member of a healthcare team in preparation for your internship once you graduate. You will work with people of all age groups under clinical supervision in hospital and community settings.

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

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

Why study Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

  • 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.

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

A career in medicine requires dedication and hard work, but can be incredibly rewarding.

Diverse career paths exist from general practice to pathology to management consulting and pharmaceutical research.

You make the choice, but what the community needs most are doctors working in medically under-serviced areas such as rural health, mental health or aged care.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

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

What kind of applicant are you?

Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

Completed your secondary education in Australia within the past two years? Learn how you can apply to Curtin.

Applicants with higher education study

Undertaken higher education study before? Find out how you can apply for a Curtin course and what credit you may be eligible for.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Have you studied a VET course? Find out how you can get into Curtin using these qualifications.

Applicants with work and life experience

Spent time in the workforce, completed a pathway program or finished secondary education more than two years ago? See how you can apply to study at Curtin

Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Minimum ATAR: 95

    This figure is the rank needed to be considered for entry to a course. Obtaining this rank is not a guarantee of admission.
  • If you are shortlisted for this course, you will be required to attend an interview. Please view our Admission Guide 2019 for more information.

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Methods ATAR, Mathematics Specialist ATAR or Mathematics Applications ATAR
  • STAT entry: Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence.

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Methods ATAR, Mathematics Specialist ATAR or Mathematics Applications ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • completed at least 200 credits within one year, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 80% or higher; and
  • completed the UMAT test, the prerequisite and interview.

Applicants must not have a tertiary record from any other Australian or overseas university and must not be in their final year of study in their current course.

The Chemistry prerequisite can be met with:

  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry with a grade of 60%; and
  • CHEM1005 Introduction to Biological Chemistry with a grade of 60%.
Higher education course switcher criteria

This course has a semester one intake only. Please refer to the TISC website for more information.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Minimum ATAR: 95

    This figure is the rank needed to be considered for entry to a course. Obtaining this rank is not a guarantee of admission.
    OR
  • TAFE:

    Not accepted. VET study cannot meet the equivalent ATAR requirement.

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Methods ATAR, Mathematics Specialist ATAR or Mathematics Applications ATAR
  • STAT entry: Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence.

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Minimum ATAR: 95

    This figure is the rank needed to be considered for entry to a course. Obtaining this rank is not a guarantee of admission.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Methods ATAR, Mathematics Specialist ATAR or Mathematics Applications ATAR
  • STAT entry: Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence.

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants will be required undertake the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT).

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 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.

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.

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 / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Students who have successfully completed common or shared units in the first year of another health sciences course at Curtin University and have been successful in their application to the medical course may be granted credit transfer for those units.

Fees and charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2018

Student type Cost

Commonwealth supported

What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?

A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.

$9,580*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 1000 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Where you can study

View the academic calendar for semester and trimester start dates.

Bentley Campus

On Campus
Medical School Year 2 and Semester 1

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How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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Where to get further information

Applicants applying for an undergraduate degree with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma if you are applying for an undergraduate degree.

Applicants with other international qualifications

Find information on what qualifications you can use to apply for a Curtin course.

  • The offering information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information. View courses information disclaimer.

  • Curtin course code: B-MBBS
  • This offering was last updated on: October 22, 2018