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    Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
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    Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

    James Cook University

    James Cook University


    Australia, Townsville

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    Full Time


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    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake DeadlinesFebruary-2025
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    Duration 6 years
    Tuition Fee
    AUD 66,960  / year
    Next Intake February-2025

    Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery


    Build the foundational skills in clinical pathology and patient management that will equip you to become an effective and empathetic doctor. Through the only undergraduate medicine degree in North Queensland, you will become equipped to confidently diagnose and manage a broad range of medical conditions. Develop patient centred and socially responsible practices through diverse hands-on learning opportunities, including practical experience that prioritises capabilities in rural and remote medicine.

    Lay the foundation for a diverse medical career within small classes that offer personalised support. Engage in hands-on learning through the guidance of passionate, experienced lecturers as you develop knowledge and skills across key areas of medicine and surgery.

    Preparing you for a dynamic medical career

    Study a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery full-time at our Townsville or Cairns campuses, where you’ll find opportunities to expand your professional network through JCU’s connections with local hospitals, health services and providers.

    In your first year, you will be introduced to integrated medical studies. Examine normal functions of the human body from a molecular and cellular level and consider how systems and society can influence health.

    In your second year, you will explore human anatomy, physiology and common pathophysiologies. Develop associated clinical skills while focusing on challenges common to rural, remote and tropical contexts.

    In your third year, you will extend your knowledge of clinical healthcare through further study of both physiological and social impacts on health. Consider specifically areas including immunology and preventive medicine.

    In your fourth year, you will focus on honing your clinical pathology knowledge, working specifically to examine and collect information from patients. Build expertise in interpreting this data to draw conclusions and plan for patient care.

    In your fifth year, you will expand upon your previous studies as you integrate your medical knowledge with the awareness, attitudes and skills required to perform in clinical healthcare environments. Complete six rotations in clinical healthcare settings, each lasting six weeks.

    In your sixth year, you will consolidate your learning and form an in-depth understanding of the examination, investigation and patient management skills required for medical practice. Undertake 30 weeks of embedded clinical placement as a trainee intern in a hospital within our training region, to consolidate work-ready clinical skills. You will also complete a 10-week clinical elective, where you will further explore the personal and professional roles of medical practitioners.

    Real-world learning opportunities from Year One

    Embrace hands-on learning through JCU’s innovative on-campus facilities from the beginning of your course at both the Cairns and Townsville campuses. The Anatomy and Pathology facilities feature humidity-controlled anatomy laboratories and North Queensland’s largest and only anatomical cadaver, prosection, pathology and skeletal teaching collection.

    Practice assessment and diagnostic techniques by working through simulated medical scenarios with volunteer patients. Learn how you can help Close the Gap by developing expertise and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

    Across your six-year degree, you’ll complete over 4,000 hours of clinical training. Share our passion for promoting rural health in the Tropics by completing a placement in a remote community. You may also choose to develop a global perspective by seizing the opportunity to gain practical experience overseas.

    Upon completing the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, you will emerge with key capabilities required for a career in medicine and will be well prepared to work in a range of settings and communities from the outback to the city. JCU’s Northern Queensland Regional Training Hubs (NQRTH) initiative can support you in discovering plenty of career and training opportunities from intern to fellow in northern Queensland.

    View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects, as well as pre-placement requirements.

    Inherent requirements

    Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession.  For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery.


    The Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis.

    An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees.

    Please refer to the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information. Complete an application through our Online Application Portal.

    This course provides a foundation of Information Technology and Information System skills for entrants with limited IT experience. It also provides opportunities for experienced Information Technology and Systems professionals to enhance and apply their skills within emerging technology driven growth areas.

    You will learn how to apply Information Systems and Technologies in meeting current business needs in a real-world environment by integrating theoretical learnings with the practical application and experiences learnt through working on projects with real clients.

    You will graduate with relevant practical experiences to help you hit the ground running into a successful and exciting career in your chosen field.

    MITS also provides an optional opportunity for high achieving students to qualify to participate in a research project, offering valuable experience for your future career, or potentially being the first step on your path to a PhD.


    Entry Requirements

    English (3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (Units 3/4,C); or equivalent

    English language requirements

    Band 3b

    If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.

    English Program Requirements

    International students must attain an IELTS Academic with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening. Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

    English competency requirements may also be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree or master degree from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, or
    • Undergraduate degree taught in English from a South African University.


    JCU Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery graduates are exceptionally-skilled doctors who are employed in a range of medical settings.

    Graduates pursue careers in private practice, public health, the defence force, academia, and education.

    Depending on your specialisation and further study, you could find employment in a range of specialities including, but not limited to General Practitioner, anaesthetist, dermatologist, obstetrician, oncologist, paediatrician, psychiatrist, radiologist, surgeon, academic, or medical educator.

    You will be equipped with the skills to work in a range of diverse settings from regional, rural, remote, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and beyond.

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery are eligible to register to work a one-year internship in Australia or New Zealand. Completion of your internship can lead you to further training in a chosen specialisation.

    Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for registration with the Medical Board of Australia.

    Fee Information

    +estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

    Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
    Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 66,960 

    How to Apply

    STEP 1: Choose and research your course

    STEP 2: Prepare your documents

    STEP 3: Lodge your application

    STEP 4: Accept your offer

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    Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

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