Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

Entry Level



Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


6 years

Important Dates

NOTE: 2021 was the final intake for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program. The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery will be replaced by the new Bachelor of Medical Studies / Doctor of Medicine programs.

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 MBBS Program at the University of Adelaide provides students with state of the art education and training to enable them, as graduates, to practise medicine in the 21st Century. 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.


Entry Level

An undergraduate course is an entry level course at university. Most students go from year 12, but you can also apply as a mature age student, or have done an enabling course or previous study at TAFE. You can also do an undergraduate course if you have already done a degree, but in a different field. In medicine, undergraduate courses are 5 or 6 years long.

Entry Criteria

Based on academic marks, your performance in the UMAT and an interview.

Preparation Course

The University Preparatory Program (UPP) is a program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students offered by the University of Adelaide.

Karnkanthi Indigenous Education Program: Karnkanthi (meaning ‘lifting up’ in Kaurna language) is a new pathway, education and development program at The University of Adelaide for high-achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 11 and 12/13.


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.


What assistance is available to me?

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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