Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program

Why study the Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program at UNE?

The JMP is planning to change from a Bachelor of Medicine to a 5 year Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine* degree commencing in 2015. The proposed change is subject to receiving accreditation from the Australian Medical Council in 2014. If due to unforeseen circumstances accreditation is not possible, students will be enrolled in the current Bachelor of Medicine Program

Yearly Admission Process:

1. Register to sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Services Admissions Test (UMAT) on-time registrations close on 6 June, 2014; and

2. Apply Direct Online to the Joint Medical Program (JMP) (either standard non-rural or RRAS) by 30 September; and

3. Apply through the Universities Admission Centre (NSW and ACT) by 30 September.

The Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine* - Joint Medical Program (MD-JMP) is offered jointly by the University of Newcastle and the University of New England. The curriculum for this program will be identical at both institutions. Applicants successful in gaining entry to the MD - JMP will be offered a place at either University of Newcastle or University of New England based on the preference listed on their JMP direct online University application.

The MD-JMP curriculum is centred on problem-based learning with clinical and basic sciences integrated throughout the program. Clinical exposure begins in first year and continues throughout the program.

The MD-JMP and future professional practice is both mentally and physically demanding. Prospective students should be aware that physical capabilities sufficient to perform all aspects of routine medical practices, such as physical examination, and routine medical and surgical procedures, are required in order to meet program requirements.

Information booklets (University of Newcastle/University of New England 'Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine* - Joint Medical Program 2015') will be distributed to secondary schools in NSW and the ACT in late July. The booklet will be available online at or from the Enquiry Centre, University of Newcastle or from the School of Rural Medicine, University of New England from June.

For UMAT application forms and information booklets contact the UMAT Office, ACER Assessment Services, Private Bag 55, Camberwell, VIC 3124 or call (03) 9277 5746 or

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5 Years Full-time



2013 ATAR / OP



JMP Semester 1, On Campus

Official Abbreviation BMed
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 069339C
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale JMP Semester 1 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 5 Years Full-time
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 240

A student may exit with a Bachelor of Medical Science after completing 144 credit points of the Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program: a minimum of 120 credit points of the Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program including MEDI3017 and 24 credit points as approved by the Course Coordinator of which 12 credit points shall be at 300 level.

The Bachelor of Medical Science is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program, who wish to discontinue their studies after three years of full-time study in the program.

After completing 144 credit points, a student can also apply to take a leave of absence from the Bachelor of Medicine to undertake a one-year full-time Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours. The latter is designed to provide students with training in research methods and in the verbal and written communication of research results. Students carry out a research project which may be conducted at other sites within Australia or overseas, provided the candidate is able to attend the seminars and has a supervisor from the faculty willing to oversee their progress.

How to Apply

All students apply directly to the Joint Medical Program and lodge a UAC application. This course is only available on campus (Armidale or Newcastle).

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International students apply direct to UNE through International Marketing and Pathways.

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Intensive Schools

Intensive mandatory schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

Admission to candidature shall be determined on the basis of previous Year 12 studies, or higher education qualifications, and results of the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT); and interview as determined by the Joint Medical Program Governing Committee.

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English.

Rural/Remote students: Students who can demonstrate a significant rural/remote background may be eligible to apply under the Rural/Remote Admissions Scheme (RRAS). For further information call the Enquiry Centre, University of Newcastle (02) 4921 5000 or School of Rural Medicine, University of New England (02) 6773 3796.

Indigenous students: May apply for admission through the Bachelor of Medicine-Joint Medical Program (BMed-JMP) Indigenous Medical Entry Program. Indigenous students wishing to be considered for entry to the BMed-JMP for 2014 must submit a UAC application by 31 October 2013 including Bachelor of Medicine (780000 CSP). For further information about the Indigenous Medical Entry Program and the social, cultural and academic support available for Indigenous medical students, please contact:

Discipline of Indigenous Health

Ph: 02 4921 5502

Additional Requirements

In addition to submitting a UAC application for 2014, you must:

1) submit a Bachelor of Medicine - JMP direct online university application by 27 September 2013. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications open in late August and can be found at;

2) register to sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT) with the UMAT office by 7 June 2013. A standard fee of $210 will apply. Upon payment of an additional fee late registrations will be accepted up until 21 June 2013. Registrations received after the late closing date will not be processed;

3) include 780000 (CSP) Bachelor of Medicine as a preference on the UAC application by 29 November 2013;

4) attend a UMAT session at the nominated test site on 31 July 2013;

5) participate in a structured multiple skills assessment and an online personal qualities assessment in November/December; and

6) be selected in competition with other eligible applicants.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Candidates will be required to spend up to two semesters away from their university of enrolment while undertaking clinical placements. Time spent in the Year 3 Health Equity Selective and the Year 5 Primary Health Care Selective shall not be included in the minimum two-semester clinical placement requirement. Candidates may elect to undertake placements of up to two years in an approved 'away' location. Candidates will be responsible for all costs associated with travel and accommodation for 'away' placements.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing will not be granted towards the course. Under the terms of the Joint Medical Program, the University of New England policy on advanced standing does not apply.

Academic Colours

Peony Red (BCC 37)

Further Information

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program in 2014.

Admission to Candidature

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Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be five years as a full-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 240 credit points.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 234 cps
Elective Units
6 cps
Total 240 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program.

Exit Pathways

Candidates who discontinue their studies in the Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program after 3 years of full-time study in the course may be eligible to exit with the Bachelor of Medical Science on completion of 144 credit points of the Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program: a minimum of 120 credit points of the Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program including MEDI3017 and 24 credit points as approved by the course coordinator of which 12 credit points shall be at 300-level.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Rules.

Course Aims

The JMP has adopted as its program objectives the achievement of graduate attributes identified by the AMC to ensure that doctors are competent to practise safely and effectively as interns in Australia or New Zealand, and they they have an appropriate foundation for lifelong learning and for further training in any branch of medicine. The AMC attributes cover knowledge and understanding, and skills and attitudes as they affect professional behaviour.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Skills: Graduates completing basic medical education should have developed the following skills and abilities: a) Scientific method relevant to biological, behavioural and social sciences at a level adequate to provide a rational basis for present medical practice, and to acquire and incorporate the advances in knowledge that will occur over their working life. b) The normal structure, function and development of the human body and mind at all stages of life, the factors that may disturb these, and the interactions between body and mind. c) The aetiology, pathology, symptoms and signs, natural history, and prognosis of common mental and physical ailments in children, adolescents, adults and the aged. d) Common diagnostic procedures, their uses and limitations. e) Management of common conditions including pharmacological, physical, nutritional and psychological therapies. A more detailed knowledge of management is required for those conditions that require urgent assessment and treatment. f) Normal pregnancy and childbirth, the more common obstetrical emergencies, the principles of antenatal and postnatal care, and medical aspects of family planning. g) The principles of health education, disease prevention and screening. h) The principles of amelioration of suffering and disability, rehabilitation and the care of the dying. i) Factors affecting human relationships, the psychological, cultural and spiritual well-being of patients and their families, and the interactions between humans and their social and physical environment. j) Systems of provision of health care in a culturally diverse society including their advantages and limitations, the principles of efficient and equitable allocation and use of finite resources, and recognition of local and national needs in health care and service delivery. k) Indigenous health, including the history, cultural development and health of the Indigenous peoples of Australia or New Zealand. l) The principles of ethics related to health care and the legal responsibilities of the medical profession. m) The ability to construct, in consultation with a patient, an accurate, organised and problem-focused medical history. n) The ability to perform an accurate physical and mental state examination. o) The ability to choose, from the repertoire of clinical skills, those that are appropriate and practical to apply in a given situation. p) The ability to interpret and integrate the history and physical examination findings to arrive at an appropriate diagnosis or differential diagnosis. q) The ability to select the most appropriate and cost effective diagnostic procedures. r) The ability to interpret common diagnostic procedures. s) The ability to formulate a management plan, and to plan management in concert with the patient. t) Communication skills, including being able to listen and respond, as well as being able to convey information clearly, considerately and sensitively to patients and their families, doctors, nurses, other health professionals and the general public. u) The skills needed to work safely as an intern, as outlined in the National Patient Safety Education Framework developed by the Australian Council for Quality and Safety in Health Care. v) The ability to counsel patients sensitively and effectively and to provide information in a manner that ensures patients and families can be fully informed when consenting to any procedure. w) The ability to recognise serious illness and to perform common emergency and life-saving procedures, including caring for the unconscious patient and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. x) The ability to interpret medical evidence in a critical and scientific manner and an understanding of the epidemiology of disease in differing populations and geographic locations. y) The ability to use information technology appropriately as an essential resource for modern medical practice.
  2. Attitudes As They Affect Professional Behaviour: At the end of basic medical education, students should demonstrate the following professional attitudes that are fundamental to medical practice: a) Recognition that the doctor's primary professional responsibilities are the health interests of the patient and the community. b) Recognition that the doctor should have the necessary professional support, including a primary care physician, to ensure his or her own well-being. c) Respect for every human being, including respect of sexual boundaries. d) Respect for community values, including an appreciation of the diversity of human background and cultural values. e) A commitment to ease pain and suffering. f) A realisation that it is not always in the interests of patients or their families to do everything that is technically possible to make a precise diagnosis or to attempt to modify the course of an illness. g) An appreciation of the complexity of ethical issues related to human life and death, including the allocation of scarce resources. h) A realisation that doctors encounter clinical problems that exceed their knowledge and skills, and that, in these situations, they need to consult and/or refer the patient for help, in clinical, cultural, social and language related matters as appropriate. i) An appreciation of the responsibility to maintain standards of medical practice at the highest possible level throughout a professional career. j) An appreciation of the responsibility to contribute towards the generation of knowledge and the professional education of junior colleagues. k) An appreciation of the systems approach to health care safety, and the need to adopt and practise health care that maximises patient safety including cultural safety. l) A commitment to communicating with patients and their families, and to involving them fully in planning management. m) A desire to achieve the optimal patient care for the least cost, with an awareness of the need for cost-effectiveness to allow maximum benefit from the available resources. n) A preparedness to work effectively in a team with other health care professionals. o) A realisation that one's personal, spiritual, cultural or religious beliefs should not prevent the provision of adequate and appropriate information to the patient and/or the patient's family, or the provision of appropriate management including referral to another practitioner.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Continuously taught, practiced and assessed throughout the 5 years

Communication Skills

Continuously taught, practiced and assessed in PBL tutorials and clinical settings

Global Perspectives

Taught practiced and assessed, especially in year 3

Information Literacy

Practiced through tutorial and clinical exposure and assessed in tutorials

Life-Long Learning

Embedded in problem-based learning approach and practiced continuously

Problem Solving

Embedded in problem-based learning curriculum and continuously assessed

Social Responsibility

Embedded in patient centred approach, practiced and assessed

Team Work

Featured throughout the problem-based learning curriculum and assessed in PBL tutorials

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All students apply directly to the Joint Medical Program and lodge a UAC application. This course is only available on campus (Armidale or Newcastle).

For more information, click here

International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through International Marketing and Pathways.

For more information, click here