Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt)

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Special Notes

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


This program is the first half of an integrated six-year double vertical degree (BMedSt/MD) program to train graduates who may be eligible for registration as medical practitioners upon completion of an internship.  The Bachelor of Medical Studies on its own does not lead to a qualification registerable for the practice of medicine and will function as an exit pathway for students who have completed three or more years of the Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine vertically integrated degree and who do not go on to complete the entire six-year program.  Students who complete the six-year program will have both degrees awarded to them upon completion of all Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine courses.  

The four major “domains” of the program are the core elements of medical practice: (i) Science and Scholarship, (ii) Clinical Practice, (iii) Professionalism and Leadership and (iv) Health and Society. These four domains form the basis of an integrated scenario-based learning environment. 

The Bachelor of Medical Studies is an AQF Level 7 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 3 years. 

Program Learning Outcome
1. Demonstrate professional behaviours.
2. Evaluate individual and population health status.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the determinants of health and health behaviours.
4. Retrieve, critically evaluate and interpret medical evidence.
5. Demonstrate a coherent understanding of the scientific basis of medicine.
6. Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes.

Conditions 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 a Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) check. 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. Please see

Immunisation: Students undertaking clinical placements are required to have the appropriate level of health checks and immunisation. Prior to commencing professional placements, students will be advised by their program area to be screened and immunised for the following infectious disease as recommended by the most recent Immunisation Guidelines for Health Care Workers in South Australia Policy Directive including, but not limited to, recommendations for Prescribed Communicable Infections (PCI) screening and, COVID-19 vaccines.
They may choose to do this through the University Health Practice, or a practitioner of their choice.  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 commencing 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.

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.

Inherent requirements: Students are required to acknowledge their understanding of the University of Adelaide medical programs inherent requirements (see

Interruption of a program: Students must apply for permission from the Dean of Medicine or delegate 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.

Rural Placements: Enrolment in the University of Adelaide’s Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine 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.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 


Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Medical Studies

There shall be a Bachelor of Medical Studies.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the Bachelor of Medical Studies, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following courses with a combined total of not less than 72 units:

1. Core courses to the value of 72 units

2. A broadening experience is provided in MEDIC ST 3502 Transition to Clinical Studies.