2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) | 2020

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Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (Honours)



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1 years full-time

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Intake Session(s):

GSM Summer, Autumn, Spring

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The Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) is designed to provide students with skills to demonstrate excellence in ethical research, integrated with a clear understanding of a specific research question in relation to current knowledge.

The Honours year, is a stand-alone program at the conclusion of a Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). In addition to undertaking an Honours Project, students will be expected to spend the equivalent of one day a week in a clinical setting.

The Honours program has been structured to match the timing of Australian and North American internship/training programs. Students who proceed with the December - June option will be able to commence Australian internships in midyear (noting that some but not all Local Health Districts take midyear interns). Students pursuing training opportunities in North America will be able to commence at the beginning of that program which is midyear.

Students electing to undertake the Honours program in March - December, in line with current NSW Health Policy, will be eligible to commence NSW internships in the following year.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Integrate knowledge of research principles and methods associated with medicine to independently plan and execute a reseach project in regard to medicine including collecting, organsing, assessing and interpreting data.
2 Apply knowledge and skills of research prinicples and methods to inquiry based activities in a variety of contexts.
3 Execute technical and cognitive skills in reviewing, analysing and synthesising information to independently generate solutions to complex problems.
4 Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences.
5 Consolidate and contextualise learning by active and regular participation in clinical services in a related area of medicine.

Course Structure

Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (Hons) requires the successful completion of 48 credit points of subjects in accordance with the table below.

The program takes one full-time year to complete.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
MEDI606 Special Topics in Medicine 48 Autumn, Spring

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

The Honours program adds value to the basic MBBS degree, substantially broadening the skills-base, and sets the graduate apart from the bulk of students who have completed a Bachelor's degree only, providing enhanced career and employment prospects.

Completion of the Honours research program to a high standard, and especially success in publication of the research, may increase the opportunity for selection into specialist training programs and increase choice for postgraduate clinical placements.

Honours also represents the most direct path for students to gain entry into a doctoral level higher degree research program (PhD). Achievement of 1st Class Honours will make the graduate competitive for an Australian or University Postgraduate Research Award (scholarship) providing financial assistance to complete a doctorate.

After completion of the MBBS degree, Australian graduates are required to complete an intern year in an Australian hospital as a prerequisite to full medical registration. This requirement can be completed before or after undertaking the Honours program. These internships may not be available to graduates who are not Australian citizens. Further information can be found at here.


The Honours grade will be calculated in accordance with Method 1. For further information refer to Coursework Rules


Other Information

Formal enrolment in the GSM Honours program is completed through SOLS upon the receipt of a formal University of Wollongong offer. For assistance with enrolment contact the Honours Coordinator.

Medical students are registered with the National Medical Board, and subject to the provisions of that body in relation to issues affecting fitness to practice. Further information can be found here.

Students should also read the requirements found in the Additional Information section.

Note: Honours students will only be taken where an approved supervisor and project is available.

For further information please email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 10 June, 2020