Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

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Special Notes

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


This program is designed to train graduates who may be eligible for registration as medical practitioners upon completion of an internship. The three major ‘streams’ of the course are the core elements of medical practice: The Scientific Basis of Medicine, Clinical Skills, and Medical Professional and Personal Development. These three streams form the basis of an integrated case-based program in Years 1–3. Throughout Years 4–6, students will expand their knowledge, experience and skills within these three streams as they undertake placements within the teaching hospitals and in the broader medical community.
The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery is an AQF Level 7 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 6 years.

Condition of Enrolment

Clinical Deed Poll: The University of Adelaide and the Minister for Health have a clinical placement agreement in place which allows the University to request clinical placements in SA Health facilities. As part of this agreement students are required to complete a deed poll (pdf file). A deed poll is an agreement between the student and SA Health to ensure patient information is treated with confidentiality and that the student has met the required clearances. By signing a deed poll students understand their obligations and agree to comply with the relevant state legislation.

Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Registration
Students undertaking a clinical placement at a hospital or other health facility require student registration with the relevant National Board. This process is undertaken by the AHPRA. It is completed on enrolment into the program and does not require action by the student. Students will be advised when they have been registered.

Criminal History Clearance : Students who undertake clinical placements, internships or research projects involving children or people who are ill, elderly or vulnerable are now required to demonstrate clearance by producing a criminal history check, obtained through the Department of Human Services (DHS). International students are required to obtain a certificate from their home country. All students studying a clinical-based program will be required to demonstrate a satisfactory criminal history clearance and maintain an up to date National Police check throughout their study.

Immunisation: Students undertaking clinical placements are required to have the appropriate level of immunisation. Immunisation records are requested by clinical venues prior to Placements. Prior to commencing professional placements, students will be advised by their program area: To consult the University Health Practice to be screened and immunised for the following infectious disease as recommended by the Immunisation Guidelines for Health Care Workers in South Australia 2014 Policy. Failure to adhere to these guidelines means that a student will not be allowed to attend clinical  placements.  It  is  a  student's  responsibility  to  acquire  their  immunisations  record and  take  it  with  them  to  all  clinical placements.
As part of your course enrolment, all students are required to have blood tests to determine their immunity status to Hepatitis A, B and C, HIV, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Chicken Pox. Students will need to provide evidence of previous vaccinations, including for the aforementioned diseases as well as Pertussis, Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio.

Inherent requirements: Students are required to acknowledge their understanding of the University of Adelaide medical programs inherent requirements (see
Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Tuberculosis Clearance: Students who undertake clinical placements, internships or research projects involving children or people who are ill, elderly or vulnerable are now required to demonstrate tuberculosis (TB) clearance through obtaining a TB Screening Notification from SA Tuberculosis Services.

Rural Placements: Enrolment in the University of Adelaide’s Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery requires students to undertake rural clinical placements. 50% of Commonwealth supported students (in both bonded and unbonded places) need to complete four weeks of rural placements before graduation, with 25% of students required to complete one year of clinical training in a rural site. If these places are not filled by students voluntarily, all students in Commonwealth supported places will be included in a random ballot to be allocated to one of these year-long rural placements.
Uniform: During clinical placements, students are required to comply with professional dress standards.

Further detail is located at:

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

There shall be a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 144 units:

  1. Core courses to the value of 141 units
  2. Elective courses to the value of 3 units
  3. Work based training / extra mural studies