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University of Adelaide Medical School Undergraduate Entry


KOM Consultants is the official Canadian representative for the University of Adelaide in Australia. Canadian applications to the University of Adelaide’s Undergraduate Entry Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of surgery (MBBS) program are submitted directly through KOM Consultants 1-877-318-8203 or info@komconsultants.com.


University of Adelaide Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Overview

Medicine offers a lifetime of opportunities with a large variety of career options, both nationally and internationally. Rural Australia depends upon people who live and work outside the city and suburbs, and there are pathways designed for students with an interest in rural practice. Whether a student wants to become a general practitioner or a general surgeon, the University of Adelaide Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program will qualify students to pursue these specialties, and many others, after graduation. The progression of medical knowledge depends upon research, and the University of Adelaide can assist students whose interests lie in becoming a clinical researcher. The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program is designed to teach the art and craft of medicine to help students achieve their specific goals.

The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program is centred around the core elements of medical practice. These include ethical practice, patient and peer communication, clinical science, professionalism, teamwork, clinical skills, population health and preventative medicine.

Case-based, small-group learning (CBL) is the dominant learning mode during the early years of the MBBS curriculum. Learning is structured around clinical cases of the most common and important diseases. Lectures in the medical disciplines such as pathology, anatomy, physiology and pharmacology are carefully staged throughout the CBL cases. In Year 1, MBBS students will also undertake two semesters of Fundamentals of Biomedical Science, and in Year 2, one semester of medical microbiology and immunology.

Because of the strong emphasis on professionalism, ethical practice and communication with patients and peers, MBBS students are introduced to medical professional and personal development in Year 1. This emphasis continues throughout all years of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program.

Throughout Years 4-6 MBBS students undertake core and elective clinical placements in teaching hospitals and community practice in both urban and rural locations. To further assist in preparing students for clinical attachments in Years 4-6, clinical practice tutorials in Years 1 and 2 are led by senior clinicians in a state-of-the-art clinical skills facility. In Year 3, clinical skills training is conducted primarily in the public teaching hospitals. The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide provides invaluable preparation for the clinical attachments in Years 4-6.

Adelaide School of Medicine

School of Medicine

The School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide has the major share of responsibility for teaching within the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program. The School of Medicine incorporates the disciplines of acute care medicine, medicine, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, psychiatry and surgery, and the Medicine Learning and Teaching Unit.

The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program continues to develop a greater focus on research. The ongoing success of the research agenda within all disciplines is significant and feeds directly into the high quality teaching program as the research success helps to reinforce the strong clinical credentials of many of the school’s members.

The School of Medicine relies heavily on clinical titleholders who perform a vast amount of the undergraduate teaching. Much of this is done on an honorary basis or included in hospital commitments. The School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide is represented by a group of highly successful researchers, a core of academic teachers and a large pool of enthusiastic and motivated clinical titleholders.

The School of Medicine has significant teaching activities at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Modbury Hospital, St Andrew’s Hospital and Lyell McEwin Hospital, as well as significant research activities on the Royal Adelaide Hospital campus, the Medical School and the Basil Hetzel Institute associated with The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Entry requirements

  • High school average 85%
  • Performance in PQA
  • Interview by invitation – based on GPA and PQA results
  • Must have one of Chemistry or Math or Biology
  • University GPA 65% for completed degree


University of Adelaide MBBS Graduate Outcomes

The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide Medical School seeks to produce an undifferentiated doctor with the abilities and skills appropriate for both the seamless transition to post-graduate training, and to continue into advanced training programs for the full spectrum of career paths. Graduates of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide will be distinguished by:

  • Being thoroughly versed in the skills and application of adult learning.
  • Deriving enjoyment for the process of learning and the pursuit of knowledge and understanding (where knowledge is defined as information that can be used effectively in familiar and unknown situations).
  • Having a superior ability to integrate knowledge across disciplines.
  • The ability to apply basic scientific knowledge to facilitate understanding and management in clinical practice.
  • A highly developed sense of their ‘duty of care’ for their patients.

At the end of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program the student will have acquired through the Scientific Basis of Medicine, Medical Personal and Professional Development, and Clinical Practice streams the attitudes, knowledge and understanding, and skills essential to the practice of medicine, including:

Medical Personal and Development

  • Respect for patients and colleagues that encompasses, without prejudice, diversity of background and opportunity, language, culture and way of life.
  • Recognition of patients’ rights in all respects, and particularly in regard to privacy, confidentiality and informed consent.
  • Ability to cope with uncertainty and adapt to change.
  • Awareness of the moral and ethical responsibilities involved in individual patient care and in the provision of care to populations of patients.
  • Development of the capacity of self-audit and for participation in the peer-review process.
  • Capacity to recognize and accept limitations in one’s knowledge, understanding and clinical skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Willingness to use his or her professional capabilities to contribute to community welfare as well as to individual patient welfare by the practice of preventive medicine and the encouragement of health promotion.
  • Acceptance and practice of the theories and principles that govern ethical decision making, and of the major ethical dilemmas in medicine, particularly those that arise at the beginning and end of life and those that arise from the rapid expansion of the knowledge of genetics.
  • Ability to retrieve (from electronic databases and other resources), manage, and utilize biomedical information for solving problems and making decisions that are relevant to the care of individuals and populations.
  • Acceptance of the responsibility to contribute as far as possible to the advancement of medical knowledge and research in order to benefit medical practice and further improve the quality of patient care.
  • Willingness to contribute to teaching and the professional development of others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing with patients, colleagues and others in carrying out their responsibilities.

Professional Recognition

Professional Recognition in Canada

MBBS students are required to register with the Medical Board of Australia. This process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

KOM Consultants understand the process and requirements needed to enter the legal profession in Canada. Contact KOM Consultants for more information.

All students applying directly through KOM Consultants will be supported with the latest information on the accreditation process.

Award Title:Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Length of Program:6 years
Prerequisites:see below
PQA Test Required:YES
Interview:required by University of Adelaide Medical School
Applications Open:April 1
Application Deadline:29 June 2016
Seats Available:tbc
Annual Tuition Fees:Contact KOM Consultants for latest tuition fees 1-877-318-8203
Faculty:Health Sciences