Bachelor of Medical Studies

Entry Level



Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


3 years

Important Dates

Next intake: February 2024

Indigenous Entry Pathway

Yes, the University of Adelaide has an Indigenous Entry Program. Please refer to the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway link for more information.


The University of Adelaide

School of Medicine

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building
Corner of North Tce and George Street
Adelaide SA 5000

Student Enquiries

Indigenous Student Support Officers
Ground Floor Helen Mayo North, Frome Road
Mawson SA 5000

Contact Information


The Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine is an integrated program. Combined, these degrees will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes that will enable you to practice as a medical doctor safely and effectively. The integrated medical program is aligned with the Australian Medical Council accreditation standards including science and scholarship, clinical practice, professionalism and leadership, and health and society.

Throughout all six years, there is a strong emphasis on scenario-based learning, evidence-based decision making and professional practice. You will learn in South Australia’s premier health education precinct, the Adelaide BioMed City, situated next door to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. You will be part of the eco-system of education, research and clinical care working together to create better health outcomes for individuals and communities.

You will practice and refine your skills in our world-leading simulation facilities, the only facilities in Australasia with accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare for excellence in learning and teaching. You will be taught by practising clinicians who are leaders in their field and learn from the best in their fields.

The first three years of the medical program is the Bachelor of Medical Studies which provides the foundation of medical science and practice. The emphasis on these early years is on integrated learning, learning and building clinical skills and developing your understanding of the role of a doctor. A major emphasis is placed on professionalism, communication and clinical reasoning, as well as the practise of evidence-based and preventative medicine. Small-group Scenario-Based Learning (SBL) is a key part of learning the early years of the curriculum. Lectures in the medical disciplines such as pathology, anatomy, physiology and pharmacology are carefully staged throughout the clinical cases of the most commonly encountered and socially significant diseases.

In year 1, you will learn fundamental knowledge of biomedical science and how the health care system works. To build this knowledge you will begin to have patient contact by having the opportunity to experience the health care system from the ‘consumer’ perspective. The use of SBL will introduce you to underlying mechanisms and concepts from a real-world perspective.

In year 2, you will continue to learn about clinical problems through clinically based scenarios which explore the science of medicine. You will continue to develop clinical skills in diagnosis and management, and be introduced to the public health and professional aspects of becoming a medical practitioner.

In year 3, the focus is on preparing you for full-time clinical studies within the Doctor of Medicine. You will undertake your first clinical placements, and begin to learn research skills with the completion of a research proposal and critical appraisal. You will understand research methodology and have the skills required to ensure as you move into the clinical years of the program you can use research to ensure you make evidence-based decisions to ultimately guide clinical practice towards treatment modalities and therapies that improve patient outcomes. Alongside this, you will have increased clinical exposure with experiences in primary and hospital care settings. This will be supported by scenario-based learning which will focus on clinical management

The Bachelor of Medical Studies functions as an exit pathway only for students who do not go on to complete the entire six-year program. At the end of the six-year program, you will be awarded both the Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine degrees.

For more details regarding years 4 to 6 of the medical program, visit Doctor of Medicine.


Apply through SATAC: 
354552 – NON-BONDED MEDICAL PLACE – These places have no return of service obligations after graduation.
354553 – BONDED MEDICAL PROGRAM PLACE – Students accepting these places undertake to work in an area of workforce shortage after completing their professional training.
There are separate quotas for each place type and domestic applicants will need to apply under both SATAC codes should they wish to be considered for both place types.

Application Process – There are two distinct parts to the application process:
1. UCAT ANZ: all applicants must apply to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT ANZ).
2. SATAC application which must be lodged by the September early closing date. Late applications will not be considered.

Applicants who have listed Medical Studies amongst their preferences will be asked to enter their UCAT ANZ identification number during the SATAC online application process. Applications will not be considered complete without a valid UCAT ANZ identification number entered prior to the closing date.

Formal offers will be made by SATAC. However, to secure your place in the Bachelor of Medical Studies degree, you MUST enrol in all first year courses for the degree by the deadline stated in the SATAC offer letter. Supporting information regarding the above will be provided within your University Welcome email and the EnrolMe portal.
Please note: the University reserves the right to make offers outside of the formal SATAC offer rounds until all places are filled. Offers can be made up to and during March.

Rural Background Entry Pathway Rural Background Entry (RBE) pathway applicants are required to sign and submit a statutory declaration as the only acceptable proof of rural background. All applicants are advised to read the Domestic Admissions Guide before applying for the Bachelor of Medical Studies. Failure to read this document will not be grounds for special consideration.

Entry pathway eligibility (including important how to apply information) is detailed in the Medicine Admissions Guide – domestic applicants.

Wirltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education administers the Aboriginal Access Scheme which offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians an alternative entry pathway to study at the University of Adelaide. For more information visit:


Indigenous Entry Pathway

Yes, the University of Adelaide has an Indigenous Entry Program. Please refer to the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme link for more information. Applicants are assessed by Wirltu Yarlu in conjunction with Faculty/School staff. Students are selected on the basis of their written application; literacy & numeracy test results and results of a selection interview.

In addition, a popular entry point for those who miss out on being accepted into medicine is to study a Health Science Degree for their first year at university, and if they receive high enough marks, can apply to medicine the following year.


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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education: Wirltu Yarlu
Wirltu Yarlu is responsible for recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to the University’s foundation and degree programs, administering the Special Entry Access Scheme and providing support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff in the University, overseeing the Indigenous Employment Strategy and the delivery of the University Preparatory Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Some of these services include help with obtaining Abstudy, accommodation, providing a Centre for Learning & Teaching, careers service, organising child care, course advice, an Education Welfare Office, financial assistance, access to the library, providing learning and teaching support, obtaining scholarships and cadetships and dedicated Student Support Officers.

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