Medicine / Arts - 3855

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Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine


Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 8 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 372

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements

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Program Description

Please note: From 2016, Medicine students wishing to undertake the Medicine/Arts Dual Degree Program should refer to Program Summary 3856
The Arts/Medicine program is an alternative program of study in which, over a 7 or 8 year period, a student may complete the degree of Bachelor of Arts, together with the degrees of Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine. This program is only open to students who have been accepted for entry into UNSW Medicine.

In order to complete the combined program in 7 years, students are required to undertake an approved arts-focused Independent Learning Project as well as to complete an additional Arts course above the normal Semester load (24 UOC) in at least one Semester. All other students will require 8 years to complete the combined program.

Students who wish to undertake the program should contact the Medicine Education and Student Office during Year 1 in order to apply to transfer from the Medicine 3805 program to Arts/Medicine 3855 at the end of year 1.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The Arts/Medicine program is intended for those students who wish to continue their interest and studies in the Arts and Social Sciences during their medical studies.

Program Structure

Over a period of 7 or 8 years, students will be required to fulfil the requirements of the BMed/MD degree program as well as 96 units of credit in courses offered by the Schools/Departments/Programs within the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. This includes a home major stream of 54 UOC, a minor stream of at least 36 UOC and a prescribed Faculty Elective of 6 UOC.

Details of majors and minors available, and the Prescribed Faculty Elective, can be found on the 3403 Bachelor of Arts program page.

For the Program Structure of the BMed/MD component of the Arts/Medicine program see the Online Handbook entry for program 3805.


Students who have completed the combined Arts/Medicine program are eligible for the award of Honours in the BMed/MD degree program, based on the weighted mark for specified assessments in the three phases of the BMed/MD program, together with the marks obtained in the best 24 UOC undertaken in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. The Arts courses contribute approximately 10% towards the award of Honours.

For further details on Honours see the Online Handbook entry for Program 3805

Honours in Bachelor of Arts & Social Sciences
After completion of 144 UOC including all of the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts dual degree, high achieving students may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours) program 4504. Entry to Honours requires a WAM of 70 or higher in the stream(s) seeking to be further studied.

Academic Rules

Students in the BA BMed/MD program will not be required to complete General Education courses or other courses outside the Faculty of Medicine. The requirements for the BA must be completed before commencing Phase 3 of the Medicine program. Upon rejoining the Medicine program, they will undertake a short clinical skills refresher course. Students wishing to undertake a full year of research in Arts will be able to enrol in a BA Honours program. Subject to the sequence of courses taken during Phase 2, these students may be exempt from undertaking the Independent Learning Project and could complete the combined program in approximately 8 years.

To qualify for the award of the BA degree at Pass level, a student must, in relation to courses in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
1. enrol in the Arts/Medicine Program and complete 96 units of credit;
2. complete the requirements for one home major stream
3. complete the requirements for one minor stream
4. complete a 6 UOC Faculty Prescribed Elective
5. complete at least 30 UOC of Level I courses before enrolling in Level II courses
6. specify their major(s)/minor at the time of enrolment into Level II
7. complete at least 24 UOC in their major/minor before enrolling in Level III courses
8. complete 72 UOC overall before entering in their Major stream(s) Capstone course.
For academic rules and requirements relating to the BMed/MD component of the Arts/Medicine program see the Online Handbook entry for program 3805.


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