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What will I learn?

Complete your medical journey

Building on the foundation laid in our Bachelor of Medical Studies, the Doctor of Medicine will complete your training as a practice-ready doctor.

The Medical program at the University of Adelaide has a six-year full-time duration which leads to the awards of Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine. Entry to the Doctor of Medicine is based on completion of the Bachelor of Medical Studies at the University of Adelaide.

What will you do?

This masters-level degree has a dual emphasis on high-level clinical and research skills.

You will undertake multiple placements in diverse settings, including primary care, rural hospitals, outreach clinics and more. And you’ll be encouraged to broaden your horizons by doing at least one placement interstate and/or overseas.

You’ll do internship rotations in medicine, emergency medicine, surgery and psychiatry, and have the opportunity to explore a discipline of particular interest in greater depth.

In the area of research, you’ll conduct two key projects in consultation with world-class University of Adelaide researchers: a minor project in year one, and major in year three.

You’ll graduate with the knowledge, skills and insight to: Formulate and implement patients’ health management plans in consultation with other health professionals, patients, carers and communities; promote and optimise individuals’ and populations’ health and welfare; deliver safe, effective, collaborative and evidence-based health care.

You will also have a solid grounding in the non-clinical aspects of a medical career, such as practice management, entrepreneurship and working with industry. And you’ll have a firm grasp of medicine’s future, including the exciting possibilities of AI, gene therapy and personalised medicine.

Where could it take you?

Upon graduation you will have the confidence and capability to enhance health and wellbeing anywhere in the world. You could join a thriving metropolitan GP clinic. You might strengthen a busy regional hospital’s consulting team. Perhaps you’ll help close the health gap in Indigenous communities.

Career Readiness

Upon completion of the medical degree, graduates are required to apply for provisional registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Provisional registration is required to undertake a 12 month internship which provides supervised clinical experience in an approved hospital.

After successful completion of the internship, graduates are eligible to apply to APHRA for general registration, allowing them to practise in Australia and New Zealand.

Internships are separate from the medical degree and the University of Adelaide does not facilitate internship placements. It is current practice that SA Health guarantees an intern placement for South Australian commonwealth-supported medical graduates. International medical graduates may need to complete an intern placement in their home country. Further information regarding internship allocations can be found on the SA Health Careers and SA Medical Education and Training website.

Potential careers

Medical Researcher, Medical Scientist, Physiologist, Coroner, Psychiatrist, Immunologist, Doctor / Medical Practitioner, Surgeon

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$79,500.00 (43,72,937) per year
COVID-19 OFFSHORE STUDY FEE REBATE: All continuing and commencing international students who are studying offshore and unable to travel to Australia due to border restrictions may be eligible for the rebate of up to 20%.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 February 2023


The University of Adelaide (UoA)

North Terrace Campus,


South Australia,

5005, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To gain admission into a Doctor of Philosophy, you’ll need one of the following: a relevant University of Adelaide Honours degree (or equivalent), with at least a second-class Honours (upper division); a postgraduate coursework degree which contains a significant research component and meets the minimum GPA requirements; a relevant University of Adelaide Master of Philosophy (or equivalent). English language proficiency requirements: IELTS (ACADEMIC) - Overall Score 6.5 All Other Bands 6.0; TOEFL (INTERNET BASED TEST) - Total score 79 Writing 21 Speaking 18 Listening & Reading 13; PEARSON TEST of ENGLISH (ACADEMIC) - Overall Score 58 All Other Bands 50; C1 ADVANCED - Overall Score 176 All Other Bands.

For international students

A completed Bachelor of Medical Studies from the University of Adelaide

English Language Requirements

IELTS - Overall 7.0 (Reading 7, Listening 7, Speaking 7, Writing 7), TOEFL - Overall 94 (Reading 24, Listening 24, Speaking 23, Writing 27), Pearsons - Overall 65 (Reading 65, Listening 65, Speaking 65, Writing 65), C1 Advanced - Overall 185 (Reading 185, Listening 185, Speaking 185, Writing 185).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The University of Adelaide (UoA)

The University of Adelaide works alongside governments, businesses, and other universities across Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Based in South Australia
  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world.
  • Member of Australia’s research-intensive Group of Eight.
  • Top 10 world’s most liveable city (The Economist)