Enjoy extensive clinical training in health services, with an emphasis on rural and regional medicine.
The Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery is a graduate entry program for students wishing to qualify as medical practitioners.
Learn about anatomy, physiology, and pathology, plus clinical procedural skills, public health issues, and managing chronic diseases.
During the clinical placement component of this course, all students will complete at least four weeks of a dedicated rural attachment (to comply with Commonwealth Department of Health requirements).
You will study at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) for the first two years, learning through problem-based seminars and practical classes. You will also get clinical experience in laboratories, hospitals, and other health services in the Geelong region.
During year three most students will undergo intensive clinical training within health services attached to one of four clinical schools.
Most students will be based at public and private hospitals and general practices in Geelong, Warrnambool, Ballarat or Melbourne for four five-week rotations. A small cohort will attend our Rural Community Clinical School (RCCS) where they will be based in GP clinics with local hospital visiting rights across a number of towns in western Victoria. The course concludes in year four with three six-week terms: two ‘selectives’, a pre-internship hospital rotation and a further ambulatory rotation, and an ‘elective’ that can be taken in Australia or overseas.Read More
To complete the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery students must attain 32 credit points. All units are core units (these are compulsory). The course is only available on a full-time basis. Students must pass all units including all components of units in the course.
Year 1 - Semester 1
Year 1 - Semester 2
Year 2 - Semester 1
Year 2 - Semester 2
Year 3 - Semester 1
Year 3 - Semester 2
Year 4 - Semester 1
Year 4 - Semester 2
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Semester 1 - 30/01/2017
- Start date: 30/01/2017
- Available at:
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Additional course information
In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.
In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course. Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.
All enrolled students are required to read, understand and comply with the School of Medicine Infectious Diseases and Immunisation Policy. Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience.
How many places will be available?
The School of Medicine will offer 130 CSP places in 2018. This includes 37 Bonded Medical Places (BMP).
12 international places will be offered in 2018.
Up to 5% of domestic places will be held for Indigenous applicants who apply through the Indigenous Entry Stream.
What is a Bonded Medical Place (BMP)?
If offered a BMP you sign an agreement with the Australian government to work in a district of workforce shortage (as determined by the Department of Health and Ageing) of your choice for four years. More information available at: http://www.health.gov.au/bmpscheme.
As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals, online interaction and clinical placements. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
There are extensive clinical placements throughout the course - see individual unit descriptions for full details.
Indigenous Entry Stream
A relevant Bachelor degree completed not more than 10 years before the course commencement date, and a final GPA (weighted) of 5.0 or greater.
Graduate Entry Medical School Admission System (GEMSAS)
A relevant Bachelor qualification completed not more than 10 years before the course commencement date, with a final GPA (weighted) of 5.0 or greater, as calculated by the GEMSAS, and a minimum score of 50 in each of the three sections of the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test (GAMSAT), and an overall score of 50 or greater. The score on the GAMSAT must have been obtained no more than two years before the course commencement date.
Applications are accepted from students who possess the skills and prerequisites required to complete the course, gain professional certification and practise safely. The inherent requirements of the course are listed in the document, BMBS Inherent Requirements (pdf 258kb)
Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.
Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).
You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.
Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees.
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
The Australian Government recently announced proposed increases to tuition fees for students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP). It is proposed that CSP fees will increase by 1.8% in 2018 and continue to rise to a total of 7.5% by 2021. The fee rates for 2018 will be available later in the year once the Government has confirmed the 2018 student contribution rates.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships
Deakin Medical School graduates will be well prepared to work as interns in regional, metropolitan and interstate hospitals. They will be equipped to enter training programs for a diverse range of medical careers, including general practice, surgery, pathology, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, anaesthetics, geriatric medicine, radiology, occupational and rehabilitation medicine and many other specialities. Other possible career paths include academia, medical research and hospital and government medical administration.
This course is accredited with the Australian Medical Council (AMC). Graduates who satisfactorily complete pre-registration training will qualify as Registered Medical Practitioners in Australia and New Zealand.
Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Diagnose and manage clinical conditions, and carry out practical procedures to provide safe patient care.
Communicate complex knowledge, skills and ideas to patients, carers, colleagues and communities, and the wider community by selecting appropriate communication modes whilst demonstrating collaboration and teamwork in caring for patients, professionalism, well developed judgement, adaptability, accountability and responsibility.
Using digital technology responsibly to enhance medical practice.
Critically appraise and apply knowledge to problem solve and make sound professional and patient care decisions.
Find healthcare solutions through the application of evidence based practice.
Work ready doctors who demonstrate professional obligation and responsibility to patients, the profession and self; and show a lifelong commitment to reflective learning through practice, research and teaching.
Demonstrate collaborative practice within a health care team to provide safe, high quality medical care.
Prioritise prevention and implement holistic approaches to enhance the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and populations. Public health advocates committed to advancing the health and wellbeing of rural, remote, Indigenous and marginalised individuals and communities.
How to apply
Register to sit the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions test (GAMSAT)
The Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) has been developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in conjunction with the Consortium of Graduate Medical Schools to assist in the selection of students for graduate entry medical programs.
It is designed to assess applicants' capacity to undertake studies in an intellectually demanding course and is open to any student who has completed an undergraduate degree.Visit the GAMSAT website
Credit for prior learning
Credit for prior learning will not be granted for this course.