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B-MBBS

Medicine, Surgery

Bachelor degree

Train to be a doctor and pursue a diverse career in medicine.

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  • ATAR
    Minimum ATAR 95
  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
  • Duration
    5 years full-time
  • Credit
    1000
  • CRICOS
    105741A
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
  • Fieldwork
    See requirements
See full course structure

Select your preferred campus:

New-to-Curtin applicants for first semester 2023 apply through TISC. See TISC application deadlines.
You may also be able to apply directly to Curtin from 16 January 2023 if places are still available.

2023

Semester 1

On campus

2024

Semester 1

On campus

2025

Semester 1

On campus

See full course structure

Why study Medicine, Surgery at Curtin?

Accelerated learning

Five-year, direct-entry – the only undergraduate entry medical degree program in Western Australia.

Highly ranked course

Curtin is the top Australian university for undergraduate outcomes of skills development, learner engagement and teaching quality in the field of medicine, in The Good Universities Guide (2022).

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

Outline

Outline

The MBBS Admissions Guide contains information about admissions criteria, requirements and eligibility. It is imperative that applicants familiarise themselves with the guide to ensure they understand the requirements of the admission and application process. When you apply for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, you will be required to submit supplementary documents with your application. Please visit the MBBS application requirements page for further information and to view the MBBS Admissions Guide. The Admissions Guide is subject to change throughout the admission period, it is recommended that you check back regularly for updates.

This course can lead to many careers in the medical profession. Your studies will focus on biomedical sciences and clinical sciences, as well as healthcare in settings such as primary care, hospitals and aged care. You will also study Indigenous health, population health and professional development concepts.

In your first year, you'll complete discipline-based subjects in medicine and begin developing skills in clinical communication. You will also develop skills in interprofessional practice by learning alongside other health sciences students.

Your second and third years will be devoted to a more intensive study of medical knowledge that focuses on the structure and function of the human body in health and disease.

In your fourth year, you'll transition from the Curtin campus into a clinical setting, and work with people from all age groups under clinical supervision in hospital and community settings, including in rural and remote locations.

Your final year will be in clinical settings where you will work as a member of a healthcare team in preparation for your internship once you graduate.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Additional pathways to study medicine are available for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander applicants, and for rural and equity applicants.

How this course will make you industry ready

Curtin recognises the complex issues facing the Western Australian health system, its workforce and the need for more doctors to be “generalists” in their orientation. This means we are committed to producing graduates who are better equipped to meet community needs, with primary care expertise, strong leadership skills and the ability to operate effectively in interprofessional care teams.

What jobs can the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery lead to?

Careers

  • Medical practitioner.

Industries

  • Aged care
  • Consultancy
  • Community health
  • General practice
  • Management
  • Mental health
  • Pathology
  • Research
  • Rural health.

What you'll learn

  • apply an understanding of normal development, disorders and diseases, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and scientific methods to the practice of medicine
  • interpret clinical information to assess health status, formulate and explain a diagnosis, prioritise treatment based on effectiveness, provide management in consultation with the patient and carer/s, and reflect critically on health outcomes
  • locate, critically evaluate and interpret evidence to inform clinical decision-making and clinical practice, and to improve the quality of health care, and health care systems
  • communicate in different ways to: maintain interpersonal doctor/patient and inter-professional team relationships; ensure shared decision making in health outcomes; engage in health advocacy; and, advance health outcomes
  • use appropriate technologies effectively in clinical practice and recognise the role of technology in advancing scientific knowledge and evidence-based practice
  • discuss knowledge with colleagues, reflect on clinical practice, and plan on-going personal and professional development needs for self and others

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Medical Council.

The best part about the course is how practical the teaching methods are. There is very minimal time spent in lectures – most time is spent focusing on case scenarios and clinical skills sessions. This allows for a very personalised approach as the tutors will happily address any specific concerns you have.

Lachlan Hou

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 95

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 95

  • If you are shortlisted for this course, you will be required to attend an interview.

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR, Mathematics Specialist ATAR or Mathematics Applications ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

StepUp Entry

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

Alternative pathways

  • Indigenous applicant

    If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

  • STAT entry

    There is no entry pathway available for work and life experience. Please assess your suitability for other entry pathways.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

Application Requirements

If you’re looking to apply for our Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course, please refer to the MBBS Admissions Guide before completing your application.

The MBBS Admissions Guide contains information about admission criteria, requirements and eligibility. It is imperative that applicants familiarise themselves with the guide to ensure they understand the requirements of the admission and application process.

In addition, applicants should be aware that medicine can be a demanding profession, with a number of inherent and professional requirements for students.

Note as a requirement of the MBBS, students are expected to undertake clinical placements, working directly with patients. As part of eligibility, students are required to obtain clearance in several areas. Please refer to the MBBS Admissions Guide.

Applicants may be required to provide additional supporting documentation with their application. The additional forms are now available to download below.

Other requirements and notes for this course

For applicants that have recently attended high school, applicants must not have commenced post-secondary studies (AQF Diploma or above) and not have a higher degree record from any Australian or overseas university.

Applicants must sit the UCAT ANZ test. For further information please see- https://www.ucat.edu.au/. Applicants can only use test scores from the prior year for current year admissions. For example, only 2019 results can be used for the 2020 admissions round.

This can be a physically and mentally challenging course. Please familiarise yourself with the inherent requirements before applying. Reasonable adjustments can be made for students with disability.

The MBBS course has full-year units from years 2 to 5.

If you are shortlisted for this course, you will be required to attend an interview. Further information is contained in our current year admissions guide.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

Pathways

  • STAT entry

    There is no entry pathway available for work and life experience. Please assess your suitability for other entry pathways.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 95

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 95

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR, Mathematics Specialist ATAR or Mathematics Applications ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Application Requirements

If you’re looking to apply for our Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course, please refer to the MBBS Admissions Guide before completing your application.

The MBBS Admissions Guide contains information about admission criteria, requirements and eligibility. It is imperative that applicants familiarise themselves with the guide to ensure they understand the requirements of the admission and application process.

In addition, applicants should be aware that medicine can be a demanding profession, with a number of inherent and professional requirements for students.

Note as a requirement of the MBBS, students are expected to undertake clinical placements, working directly with patients. As part of eligibility, students are required to obtain clearance in several areas. Please refer to the MBBS Admissions Guide.

Applicants may be required to provide additional supporting documentation with their application. The additional forms are now available to download below.

Other requirements and notes for this course

For applicants that have recently attended high school, applicants must not have commenced post-secondary studies (AQF Diploma or above) and not have a higher degree record from any Australian or overseas university.

Applicants must sit the UCAT ANZ test. For further information please see- https://www.ucat.edu.au/. Applicants can only use test scores from the prior year for current year admissions. For example, only 2019 results can be used for the 2020 admissions round.

This can be a physically and mentally challenging course. Please familiarise yourself with the inherent requirements before applying. Reasonable adjustments can be made for students with disability.

The MBBS course has full-year units from years 2 to 5.

If you are shortlisted for this course, you will be required to attend an interview. Further information is contained in our current year admissions guide.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

    There is no entry pathway available for vocational education and training (VET) study. Please assess your suitability for other entry pathways. 

  • STAT entry

    There is no entry pathway available for work and life experience. Please assess your suitability for other entry pathways.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 95

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 95

  • If you are shortlisted for this course, you will be required to attend an interview.

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR, Mathematics Specialist ATAR or Mathematics Applications ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Application Requirements

If you’re looking to apply for our Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course, please refer to the MBBS Admissions Guide before completing your application.

The MBBS Admissions Guide contains information about admission criteria, requirements and eligibility. It is imperative that applicants familiarise themselves with the guide to ensure they understand the requirements of the admission and application process.

In addition, applicants should be aware that medicine can be a demanding profession, with a number of inherent and professional requirements for students.

Note as a requirement of the MBBS, students are expected to undertake clinical placements, working directly with patients. As part of eligibility, students are required to obtain clearance in several areas. Please refer to the MBBS Admissions Guide.

Applicants may be required to provide additional supporting documentation with their application. The additional forms are now available to download below.

Other requirements and notes for this course

For applicants that have recently attended high school, applicants must not have commenced post-secondary studies (AQF Diploma or above) and not have a higher degree record from any Australian or overseas university.

Applicants must sit the UCAT ANZ test. For further information please see- https://www.ucat.edu.au/. Applicants can only use test scores from the prior year for current year admissions. For example, only 2019 results can be used for the 2020 admissions round.

This can be a physically and mentally challenging course. Please familiarise yourself with the inherent requirements before applying. Reasonable adjustments can be made for students with disability.

The MBBS course has full-year units from years 2 to 5.

If you are shortlisted for this course, you will be required to attend an interview. Further information is contained in our current year admissions guide.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Curtin course switcher criteria

A Curtin Course Switcher is an applicant who is enrolled in an undergraduate degree at Curtin University and does not have a tertiary record from any other Australian or overseas university or has not already completed a degree.

To course switch into MBBS, you have to be a current Curtin university student. 

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • completed at least 200 credits with a minimum course weighted average (CWA) of 80% or higher; and have a minimum of 200 credits remaining in the course at the end of the year preceding admission; and
  • completed the UCAT ANZ test; and
  • meet the Chemistry ATAR.

Applicants must not have a tertiary record from any other Australian or overseas university and must not be in their final year of study in their current course.

The Chemistry prerequisite can be met with:

  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry with a grade of 60%; and
  • CHEM1005 Introduction to Biological Chemistry with a grade of 60%.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider are unable to transfer to this course. Applicants studying at another institution are required to complete their qualification before applying.

Applicants who have completed a tertiary qualification are required to meet the following requirements:

  • achieve a notional ATAR of at least 92, derived from the final course marks within a completed qualification. The notional ATAR is determined by Curtin University and is only valid for Curtin University admissions;
  • and sit the UCAT ANZ test;
  • and meet the Chemistry ATAR.

This course has a semester one intake only.

Please refer to the TISC website for more information.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 95

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 95

  • If you are shortlisted for this course, you will be required to attend an interview.

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR, Mathematics Specialist ATAR or Mathematics Applications ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Application Requirements

If you’re looking to apply for our Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course, please refer to the MBBS Admissions Guide before completing your application.

The MBBS Admissions Guide contains information about admission criteria, requirements and eligibility. It is imperative that applicants familiarise themselves with the guide to ensure they understand the requirements of the admission and application process.

In addition, applicants should be aware that medicine can be a demanding profession, with a number of inherent and professional requirements for students.

Note as a requirement of the MBBS, students are expected to undertake clinical placements, working directly with patients. As part of eligibility, students are required to obtain clearance in several areas. Please refer to the MBBS Admissions Guide.

Applicants may be required to provide additional supporting documentation with their application. The additional forms are now available to download below.

Other requirements and notes for this course

For applicants that have recently attended high school, applicants must not have commenced post-secondary studies (AQF Diploma or above) and not have a higher degree record from any Australian or overseas university.

Applicants must sit the UCAT ANZ test. For further information please see- https://www.ucat.edu.au/. Applicants can only use test scores from the prior year for current year admissions. For example, only 2019 results can be used for the 2020 admissions round.

This can be a physically and mentally challenging course. Please familiarise yourself with the inherent requirements before applying. Reasonable adjustments can be made for students with disability.

The MBBS course has full-year units from years 2 to 5.

If you are shortlisted for this course, you will be required to attend an interview. Further information is contained in our current year admissions guide.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

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Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $9,200*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2023

Semester 1
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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