Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Approved Abbreviation: MBBS

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4641.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 060218G

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course was 2009.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2007, 2008 - 4641.1 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

This course prepares graduates for eligibility for registration as a medical practitioner in Australia or New Zealand. It is an integrated program in which the basic sciences and areas of knowledge underpinning medical practice are learnt in a framework that emphasises active learning, based on clinical and other relevant scenarios. Teaching of clinical skills begins in the first year and continues throughout the program. In the last three years of the course, students undertake clinical placements in a wide range of settings across Greater Western Sydney and beyond. The course is arranged around three vertical themes: Professional Skills and Attitudes, The Scientific Basis of Medical Practice, and Health and Illness in Societies.

Study Mode
Five years full-time. In the first two years of the course, students will study at both the Campbelltown campus of the University and at the Liverpool TAFE precinct. In the later years, students may be required to spend a period of time in one or more clinical rotations outside the Sydney metropolitan area, and will also be rotated to a substantial number of different locations within Sydney.

Advanced standing

The course is extensively integrated horizontally, and as a result it will not be possible to grant credit for units taken in other courses.

The Australian Medical Council accredits the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program, and graduates will be eligible for registration by medical boards in all Australian states and territories and New Zealand, and able to apply for registration in a number of overseas countries. The Sri Lankan Medical Council has accredited this course until August 2018. This approval allows Sri Lankan students to study at Western Sydney University.


Potential students should apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). Selection is on the basis of:

  • academic merit (UAI or its equivalent, for those without a completed degree; grade point average in their most recent degree, for graduate applicants)

  • Results of the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT); and

  • Performance at an interview.

Evidence of connection to Greater Western Sydney may also be taken into account.

The requirements for International applicants to be considered for admission to the medical course for 2008 are:

  • Achieve a scholastic performance in the final year of secondary school equivalent to a New South Wales University Admission Index of 95 (International Baccalaureate 34) or higher
  • for those who have completed a 3 year or longer Bachelors degree, the grade point average in the degree must be at least 5.5 on the 7 point scale
  • Have completed IELTS or equivalent examination (Academic Module) and achieve a minimum score of 6.5 in each of the four components, and an overall score of at least 7.0
  • Sit the International Student Admissions Test (ISAT) administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). For details see the ACER web page at

For more information on entry requirements and how to apply please see the School of Medicine web page:

Special Requirements Prerequisites
To be enrolled in this course students must comply with the current occupational screening and vaccination policy of NSW Health at course commencement. Students must obtain Student Registration by the Medical Board of NSW, and must successfully complete a Work Cover Authority approved First Aid Certificate prior to the completion of the first semester of the course.

Course Structure

Qualification for the award requires the successful completion of 400 credit points including the units listed in the sequence below.

Please note that successfully passing the previous year's units is a prerequisite for attempting the units in the following year, therefore deviations from the sequence below will not be possible.

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

1H Session

400861Foundations of Medicine 1

2H Session

400861Foundations of Medicine 1

Year 2

1H Session

400862Foundations of Medicine 2

2H Session

400862Foundations of Medicine 2

Year 3

400810Integrated Clinical Rotations 1

Year 4

400811Integrated Clinical Rotations 2

Year 5

400812Integrated Clinical Rotations 3

Please Note: the curriculum for year 5 is subject to approval, and therefore may be altered.

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