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Become a Doctor with Bond University's Medical Program*

The Medical Program is designed to equip graduates with the foundational knowledge, skills and attributes required to safely and effectively practise medicine in today’s complex healthcare environment. The first of Bonds 2-part Medical Program (the Bachelor of Medical Studies), is distinguished by its strong educational focus on problem-based learning, interactive workshops and clinical simulation. With small class sizes, students learn in a highly personalised environment with state-of-the-art equipment.

The second of Bonds 2-part Medical Program (the Doctor of Medicine) must be completed for students to be eligible for registration as a medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand. The MD is distinguished by its strong focus on evidence-based medicine and integrated clinical practice. Due to Bonds tri-semester structure, graduating students will have the advantage of entering the workforce as a Doctor in only 14 semesters. 

Become a Doctor in four years and eight months

The Medical Program focuses heavily on student placement within clinical sites domestically located close to the Bond Main Campus. Students gain extended exposure to areas such as child health, medicine, mental health, surgery and women's heath during their time on placement throughout the program.

Key features

  • The shortest pathway to becoming a Doctor in Australia
  • Volunteer and gain support through multiple Medical Student Societies
  • Students benefit from small class sizes meaning a more personalised experience
  • Gain extended exposure to basic clinical specialties through a number of placements
  • Students completing the medical program will be eligible for registration as a medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand

Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt)

The Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) is the first of two sequential degrees at Bond University that must be completed in order to be eligible to practise medicine. The Bachelor of Medical Studies is an undergraduate program, located at level 7 of the Australian Qualifications Framework.  Show more

The Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) is the first of two sequential degrees at Bond University that must be completed in order to be eligible to practise medicine. The Bachelor of Medical Studies is an undergraduate program, located at level 7 of the Australian Qualifications Framework. 

The Bachelor of Medical Studies is not available as a standalone program. All students must complete both the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD) at Bond University to be eligible for registration as a medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand. Both degrees are awarded at the completion of the MD program.

The Bachelor of Medical Studies is designed to equip graduates with the foundational knowledge, skills and attributes required to safely and effectively practise medicine in today’s complex healthcare environment.

The program is distinguished by its strong educational focus on case-based learning, evidence-based medicine and integrated clinical practice. Due to small class sizes, students learn in a highly personalised environment with state-of-the-art equipment. Students benefit from a variety of teaching and learning systems, including case-based small group tutorials, problem-based learning, practical classes, clinical skills and laboratory training, self-directed learning, web-based and e-learning, interactive seminars and lectures. This contemporary approach to medical education ensures that learning relates directly to patient care and prepares graduates to assume a high level of responsibility.

The Bachelor of Medical Studies comprises 8 semesters delivered over 2 years and 8 months and is followed by the Doctor of Medicine comprised of 6 semesters delivered over 2 years. The two sequential degrees are 14 semesters in total and are equivalent to 7 standard academic years in duration. However, with Bond University’s three semesters-per-year timetable and intensive clinical training periods, these two programs are completed in just 4 years and 8 months, with graduates then eligible to apply for hospital internships. Show less

ModeOn Campus
Duration2 years 8 months (8 semesters)
Starting semestersPlease see important dates and deadlines.
Program typeBachelors Degree
Study areaMedicine
Program codeCC-60026
CRICOS code087932C
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

Students who complete the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) will have the appropriate knowledge, attitudes and skills to progress into the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Masters Extended program.

Program structure*

The Bachelor of Medical Studies is an integrated problem-based learning course built around three themes:

ThemeTitleContent
1Scientist and ScholarBasic and clinically applied science, critical appraisal, research and teaching.
2PractitionerCommunication, consultation, physical examination, procedural skills from simulation to clinical practice.
3Health Advocate and ProfessionalApplying in practice the principles of professionalism, ethics, medico-legal and self care.

These three themes are integrated throughout the program, but with a particular emphasis at different points in the curriculum. Throughout the course, training in clinical and communication skills is provided to ensure students can communicate clearly with patients.

Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt)

Years 1 – 3 “The Preclinical Years”

In the first two years (5 semesters) of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt), learning and teaching occurs mainly in small group sessions comprised of interactive cases through problem-based learning, as well as clinical skills laboratories, simulation activities, community and clinical placements and a cultural immersion experience.

The program extensively uses a problem-based learning (PBL) approach, where each week introduces a clinical case around which the learning is integrated.

In the third year, students are located at the Bond University Clinical Education and Research Centre at Robina Hospital. This enables students to have a full additional year immersed in the clinical environment and acts as an excellent transition from the campus based learning to the full immersion in the workplace in the Bond Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.

Year 1 (2 semesters)

Year 1 commences with the molecular and cellular foundations of life and then guides learning through the first cycle of the body systems, arranged in generations.

This cycle focuses on:

  • Introducing the structure and function of discrete organs
  • Psychological basis of normal human behaviour
  • Sociological basis of the behaviours of populations

The foundations of an effective practitioner are explored through an introduction to conducting effective observations of people both healthy and ill. This involves the beginning of the development of the understanding of and the skills involved in effective interpersonal communication, group work and collaborative learning.

Collectively, integrated learning opportunities provide the foundations of:

  • Awareness of the roles of the doctor and healthcare system
  • The impact of illness on the patient, their family and society
  • The ethical basis of patient-centred health care

Year 1 also includes an Indigenous focus, with a cultural immersion experience occurring in Semester 2 as part of Bond University’s innovative Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health curriculum.

Year 2 (3 semesters)

Year 2 is framed around a second cycle through the body systems and focuses on:

  • Relationships between structure and function, building complexity into an integrative systems focus
  • Mechanisms of disease and infectious organisms
  • Normal compensatory mechanisms for restoring normal function

Knowledge of psychosocial frameworks is deepened and broadened to explore the varied responses of individuals, groups, populations and cultures to disease as well as the exploration of psychosocial factors that contribute to disease and impact on patient healthcare, highlighting the complexities of health inequities.

The foundation knowledge and skills of a competent practitioner continue with a focus on history taking and physical examination of discrete systems. The ethical complexities of health care are then further explored inclusive of the legal framework for provision of health care and placements in health care settings will provide the context for introducing healthcare systems.

Year 3 (3 semesters)

In Year 3, the format of learning changes from facilitator guided, problem-based learning to clinician lead, case-based learning. Bond has developed the Bond Virtual Hospital© which is a virtual clinical learning environment where students work in small groups to diagnose and manage a range of clinical cases. During Year 3, students are primarily located at the Bond University Clinical Education and Research Centre at Robina Hospital. This is an advanced simulation facility that provides an authentic context to the procedural and clinical skills that students acquire in preparation for their clinical work in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.

Over the course of the year, students complete clinical rotations which mirror where they will be placed in the final two years of the curriculum. The rotations include General Practice, Medicine, Surgery, Mental Health, Child Health, Women’s Health, Emergency and Critical Care. Students are also exposed to the clinical sciences of pathology and pharmacology and learn the principles of medical imaging.

Bond University also has a leading research centre, the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice. In Year 3, students will have the opportunity to complete a course through this centre. Research activity is focused on understanding the gaps between research evidence and its application to practice. They will learn from academics of international standing, and gain first class skills in assessing evidence in medical practice. In addition, students complete research modules and written assessments that provide them with the foundation skills they need to complete their project requirements for the MD.

Please be aware that due to placement opportunities, the length of semesters may vary compared to the standard Bond academic calendar.

Outcomes

Students who complete the Bachelor of Medical Studies proceed directly into the Doctor of Medicine program.

*Subject names and structure may change.

Entry into the Bachelor of Medical Studies is currently only open to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, holders of an Australian Humanitarian visa and New Zealand citizens (but not New Zealand permanent residents).

The Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) is open to Year 12 school leavers and to students who have completed an undergraduate program. Bond University will be offering 80% of total places to undergraduate applicants and 20% of total places to graduate applicants.

Domestic and international students eligible to graduate from the Bond University programs: the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (in the Pre-Health Professional major), the Master of Occupational Therapy, the Doctor of Physiotherapy or the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice, meeting the minimum required GPA will be eligible to be considered for selection to enter Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt). Currently, this is the only pathway into the Bachelor of Medical Studies available via graduate entry, and to international students.

Please note that psychometric testing has now been included as part of the selection process from the 2018 intake for the Medical program. For more information regarding entry requirements visit the Entry requirements page.

Important note for international/overseas students:

Students, including New Zealand citizens, who will not be Australian citizens or permanent residents at the time of enrolment, may not be automatically entitled to registration, internship, and access to a provider number in Australia. Graduates who wish to stay in Australia after graduation must make their own enquiries regarding their situation related to these matters as they lie beyond the control of the University.  In Australia, the number of internships is controlled by the Department of Health or Human Services in each state/territory and Australian citizens and permanent residents currently receive priority for internship access. Graduates wishing to register in their home country or graduates wishing to practise medicine in countries other than Australia must contact the professional medical associations in that country to determine requirements to practice. Bond University is not responsible for organising any internship or medical registration of students upon their graduation.

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is the second of two sequential degrees at Bond University that must be completed in order to be eligible to practise medicine. This program is not available as a standalone program. All students must complete the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) at Bond University to progress into the MD. The Doctor of Medicine is a Masters Extended program, located at level 9 of the Australian Qualifications Framework. Show more

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is the second of two sequential degrees at Bond University that must be completed in order to be eligible to practise medicine. This program is not available as a standalone program. All students must complete the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) at Bond University to progress into the MD. The Doctor of Medicine is a Masters Extended program, located at level 9 of the Australian Qualifications Framework.

All students must complete both the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD) to be eligible for registration as a medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand. Both degrees are awarded at the completion of Year 5.

The Doctor of Medicine is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and attributes required to safely and effectively practise medicine in today’s complex healthcare environment.

The program is distinguished by its strong educational focus on case-based learning, evidence-based medicine and integrated clinical practice. Due to small class sizes, students learn in a highly personalised environment with state-of-the-art equipment. Students benefit from a variety of teaching and learning systems, including case-based small group tutorials, problem-based learning, practical classes, clinical skills and laboratory training, self-directed learning, web-based and e-learning, interactive seminars and lectures. This contemporary approach to medical education ensures that learning relates directly to patient care and prepares graduates to assume a high level of responsibility.

The Doctor of Medicine comprises 6 semesters of study delivered over 2 years. (It is preceded by the Bachelor of Medical Studies, comprised of 8 semesters delivered over 2 years and 8 months). The two sequential degrees are 14 semesters in total and are equivalent to 7 standard academic years in duration. However, with Bond University’s three semesters-per-year timetable and intensive clinical training periods, these two programs are completed in just 4 years and 8 months, with graduates then eligible to apply for hospital internships. Show less

ModeOn Campus
Duration2 years (6 semesters)
Starting semestersPlease see important dates and deadlines.
Program typeMasters Extended
Study areaMedicine
Program codeCC-63048
CRICOS code087933B
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

Graduates of the Medical Program (BMedSt and MD) will have the appropriate knowledge, attitudes and skills to work effectively as interns in Australian hospitals and will be ideally positioned to undergo further training in any of the Australasian specialty colleges. 

Our previous Medical graduates have secured internships in hospitals across Australia and New Zealand.

Hospitals (listed alphabetically) include:

  • Adelaide (Northern Adelaide Local Health Network)
  • Ballarat Health Services, VIC
  • Bankstown Hospital, NSW
  • Blacktown Hospital, NSW
  • Bundaberg Hospital, QLD
  • Caboolture Hospital, QLD
  • Cairns Base Hospital, QLD
  • Dunedin Hospital, New Zealand
  • Gold Coast Hospital, QLD
  • Goulburn Valley Health, VIC
  • Greenslopes Hospital, QLD
  • Hornsby Hospital, NSW
  • Ipswich Hospital, QLD
  • Liverpool Hospital, NSW
  • Logan Hospital, QLD
  • Mackay Base Hospital, QLD
  • Mater Hospital, QLD
  • Modbury Hospital, SA
  • Mt Isa, QLD
  • Nambour Hospital, QLD
  • Nepean Hospital, NSW
  • Northwest Regional, TAS
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital, QLD
  • Redcliffe Hospital, QLD
  • Rockhampton Base Hospital, QLD
  • Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA
  • Royal Brisbane Hospital, QLD
  • Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, QLD
  • Royal Perth Hospital, WA
  • Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital, WA
  • St George Hospital, NSW
  • Toowoomba Hospital, QLD
  • Townsville Hospital, QLD
  • Tweed Hospital, NSW
  • Westmead Hospital, NSW
  • Wollongong Hospital, NSW

Internship places are assessed by individual states and are separate from universities.

Program structure*

The Doctor of Medicine is an integrated problem-based learning course built around three themes:

ThemeTitleContent
1.Scientist and ScholarBasic and clinically applied science, critical appraisal, research and teaching.
2.PractitionerCommunication, consultation, physical examination, procedural skills from simulation to clinical practice.
3.Health Advocate and ProfessionalApplying in practice the principles of professionalism, ethics, medico-legal and self care.

These three themes are integrated throughout the program, but with a particular emphasis at different points in the curriculum. Throughout the program, training in clinical and communication skills is provided to ensure students can communicate clearly with patients.

Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt)

Years 1 – 3 “The Pre-Clinical Years”

Please refer to the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) at Bond University for the three years of the first degree.  Completion of Years 1 – 3 fulfils the requirements of the Bachelor of Medical Studies and enables students to transition into the Doctor of Medicine program.

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Years 4 – 5 “The Clinical Years”

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is an Extended Masters Level 9 program and is undertaken through clinical rotations in hospital and community healthcare settings, as well as face-to-face teaching at timetabled education sessions. During this time, students undertake a research or professional project, or a capstone experience and prepare a portfolio of their work.

Year 4 (3 semesters)

Year 4 includes rotations through the following clinical disciplines:

  • Child Health
  • Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Surgery
  • Women’s Health

In Training Assessment (ITA) is conducted throughout the year as well as end of year Written Assessment and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). Students also collect the outcomes of their work in a portfolio.  

Students will also plan their MD project, which will be undertaken in Year 5. The project involves a program of structured learning with independent or group research and practice based learning.

Students will be able to select one of three options:

  1. A research-based project
  2. A capstone experience
  3. A professionally focused project.

Please be aware that due to placement opportunities, the length of semesters may vary compared to the standard Bond academic calendar.

Year 5 (3 semesters)

Year 5 includes rotations through the following clinical disciplines:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Practice
  • Critical Care / Anaesthetics / Orthopedics
  • Selective (Students have the opportunity to select an area of sub-specialty interest )
  • Elective/ pre-internship rotation (Students have another opportunity to undertake further clinical placements either in Australia or overseas, which can be their final capstone experience).

In Training Assessment (ITA) is conducted throughout the year as well as end-of-year Written Assessment and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). Students also submit their final portfolio at the end-of-year for points accrual.

Students will also complete their MD project during their elective or selective, which is either a research or professional project, or a capstone experience. The project will culminate in the submission of a final report and presentation at the end-of-year conference.

Please be aware that due to placement opportunities, the length of semesters may vary compared to the standard Bond University academic calendar.

*Subject names and structure may change.

Entry into the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program is only via the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) program at Bond University.

Entry into the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) is currently only open to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, holders of an Australian Humanitarian visa and New Zealand citizens (but not New Zealand permanent residents).

The Bachelor of Medical Studies is open to Year 12 school leavers and to students who have completed an undergraduate program.  Bond University will be offering 80% of total places to undergraduate applicants and 20% of total places to graduate applicants.

Enrolments in the program are strictly limited to ensure small class sizes and sufficient clinical placements. As such, entry is extremely competitive.

Domestic and international* students eligible to graduate from the Bond University programs: the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (in the Pre-Health Professional major), the Master of Occupational Therapy, the Doctor of Physiotherapy or the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice, meeting the minimum required GPA will be eligible to be considered for selection to enter Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt).  Currently, this is the only pathway into the Bachelor of Medical Studies available to international students.

For more information regarding entry requirements visit the Entry requirements page.

*Domestic and international students eligible to graduate from the Bond University programs: the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (in the Pre-Health Professional major), the Doctor of Physiotherapy or the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice, meeting the minimum required GPA will be eligible to be considered for selection to enter Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt).   The selection process will be based on GPA, completion of GAMSAT and an interview. Places in Year 2 of the BMedSt  for the graduates of these aforementioned programs are limited and dependant on availability. Applicants must meet the entry requirements for the BMedStudies

Currently, this is the only pathway into the Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine available to international students.  Successful students will commence in Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies and will be allowed to progress to the Doctor of Medicine (MD).

Important note for international/overseas students:

Students, including New Zealand citizens, who will not be Australian citizens or permanent residents at the time of enrolment, may not be automatically entitled to registration, internship, and access to a provider number in Australia. Graduates who wish to stay in Australia after graduation must make their own enquiries regarding their situation related to these matters as they lie beyond the control of the University.  In Australia, the number of internships is controlled by the Department of Health or Human Services in each state/territory and Australian citizens and permanent residents currently receive priority for internship access.   Graduates wishing to register in their home country or graduates wishing to practise medicine in countries other than Australia must contact the professional medical associations in that country to determine requirements to practice. Bond University is not responsible for organising any internship or medical registration of students upon their graduation.

Program fees

Commencing in 2018

Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt)$216,088
Doctor of Medicine (MD)$162,066
Medical Program* TOTAL fee$378,154

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine degrees are accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) ensuring that they meet or exceed the agreed national guidelines for medical education. Upon successful completion of both of the degrees, graduates are eligible for registration as a medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand.

State-of-the-art facilities

A success story

Bond University medicine alumnus, Dr Jack O’Sullivan, has received a prestigious Clarendon Scholarship from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, awarded annually to the best and brightest scholars worldwide. Dr O’Sullivan will be based at Oxford for three years, where he will work on his thesis on preventing overdiagnosis. Having graduated from Bond University’s medical program in 2013, Dr O’Sullivan completed an internship at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and and then worked as a resident doctor at Monash Health in Melbourne. He has continued to work closely with researchers from Bond University, maintaining a working relationship with the research team from the Centre for Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University. This will be Dr O'Sullivan's second experience at Oxford University, having completed a selective unit of study in the UK as part of his degree at Bond University.

* Medical Program is comprised of two sequential degrees – the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD). All students selected for entry into the Medical Program will have to complete both the BMedSt and MD to be eligible for registration as a medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand.