What will I learn?

This double degree gives you the opportunity to study science before undertaking medicine. This pathway allows school leaders who have achieved exceptional results to commence a three-year undergraduate science degree followed by the four-year Doctor of Medicine (MD). With a deeper understanding of the scientific fundamentals that underpin medicine, you will be better prepared for any career in medicine from specialisation to research and teaching. This program is delivered by the Faculty of Science and Sydney Medical School.

Sydney Medical School offers unparalleled opportunities to study medicine in Australia. Our graduates play leading roles in health fields in all corners of the globe. Our world-class research includes programs in diseases which affect millions of lives, such as cancer, obesity, chronic disease and ageing, neurosciences and mental health, infectious diseases, and reproductive, maternal and child health. When you study medicine with us you will have access to world-class teaching hospitals, internationally-acclaimed academics, early patient care and a wide range of placement opportunities across Australia and overseas.


You are required to choose one major from the Bachelor of Science listing below and a second major or minor either from your faculty options or from our shared pool of majors and minors. During your Bachelor of Science, you will also complete 18 credit points of foundational knowledge units for medicine plus a zero credit point subject in Medicine.

  • Anatomy and Histology (Major)
  • Animal Health, Disease and Welfare (Major)
  • Animal Production (Major)
  • Applied Medical Science (Major)
  • Applied Medical Science (Minor)
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Major)
  • Biology (Major)
  • Cell and Developmental Biology (Major)
  • Chemistry (Major)
  • Computer Science (Major)
  • Data Science (Major)
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Major)
  • Environmental Studies (Major)
  • Financial Mathematics and Statistics (Major)
  • Food Science (Major)
  • Genetics and Genomics (Major)
  • Geography (Major)
  • Geology and Geophysics (Major)
  • History and Philosophy of Science (Major)
  • Immunology and Pathology (Major)
  • Infectious Diseases (Major)
  • Information Systems (Major)
  • Marine Science (Major)
  • Mathematics (Major)
  • Medicinal Chemistry (Major)
  • Microbiology (Major)
  • Neuroscience (Major)
  • Nutrition Science (Major)
  • Pharmacology (Major)
  • Physics (Major)
  • Physiology (Major)
  • Plant Production (Major)
  • Quantitative Life Sciences (Major)
  • Software Development (Major)
  • Soil Science and Hydrology (Major)
  • Statistics (Major)

Careers & future study

Future study options

There are opportunities for further study either between your Bachelor of Science course and Doctor of Medicine, or after you have completed the double degree. If you are interested in medical research, you may wish to pursue an honours course which involves an extra year of study and research. You can do so either by suspending your candidature from the Doctor of Medicine degree for one year, or after completion of the double degree.

Graduate opportunities

Our science and medical graduates are in high demand and can be found in roles and careers including: general practitioner or specialist, surgeon, researcher, pharmaceutical industry, consulting, teaching, medical administration and communication.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science



Study options

Full Time (7 years)

Tuition fees
Year 1 Tuition fee: AUD $80,000; This indicative tuition fee is subject to annual increase each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

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

Start date

24 February 2020


The University of Sydney

Camperdown/Darlington Campus,

160 City Road, Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building (G02),


New South Wales,

2008, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria: a secondary education qualification (including national and international equivalents), or approved higher education study, including approved preparation courses. English Language Requirements: IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0; TOEFL Paper based score of 565; TOEFL IBT: 85; PTE Academic score of 61; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 58; Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 45; Cambridge English scale: CAE and CPE: 176.

For international students

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

a secondary education qualification (including national and international equivalents).

TOEFL - IBT score: A minimum result of 96 overall including a minimum result of 20 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 22 in Writing.

IELTS score: A minimum result of 7.0 overall and a minimum result of 6.5 in each band

TOEFL - PBT score: A minimum result of 592 overall including a minimum result of 5.0 in Writing

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About this uni

The University of Sydney is ranked 4th in the world and 1st in Australia for graduate employability by the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

  • Consistently placed among the world’s top 50 universities
  • 2 subjects in the world’s top 10 - QS 2019 Subject Rankings
  • 30 subjects among the top 50 - QS 2019 Subject Rankings
  • Sydney is ranked 3rd in the list of the world’s best cities