Flinders University

Bachelor of Clinical Sciences, Doctor of Medicine

Undergraduate

Details

University Location Adelaide, South Australia
City Population 1.4 million
Student Population 26,000
Int'l Student Population 5,400
Main Campus Bedford Park
Program Campus Bedford Park
Program Duration 6 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $42,000 AUD (2021 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake February 2023
Application Deadline Rolling admissions*
International Places approx 30

Overview

The Flinders University Bachelor of Clinical Sciences, Doctor of Medicine is a double degree designed for applicants who have completed Grade 12 (or equivalent) and who have not since undertaken any post-secondary studies. The program provides a high standard of academic, clinical, and professional medical training to equip graduates with the skills necessary to take up positions as hospital interns.

Why Study Medicine at Flinders?

  • Enables high school leavers to complete a medical degree in six years
  • You can choose either a health sciences or medical science focus in the clinical sciences degree
  • Co-located with Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, providing authentic, patient-centred clinical experiences from early on in your studies

Program

Program Structure

As a Flinders Bachelor of Clinical Sciences, Doctor of Medicine student, you can choose from two study options:

1. Option A (Health Sciences focus)
2. Option B (Medical Science focus)

To qualify for the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences, Doctor of Medicine, you must complete 216 units according to the following program of study:

  • The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences component of 72 units (students must achieve a GPA of 5 or above);
  • The Doctor of Medicine component of 144 units (students must achieve a grade of P or better; or NGP, in each topic).

A typical first year may include core topics, practicals and workshops in the evolution of biological diversity, the molecular basis of life, legal and ethical aspects of health care, and human physiology and structure. There are also studies, workshops, and practicals toward either your health sciences or medical science focus.

A typical second year may include core topics, practicals and workshops in biochemistry, molecular biology, communication for improved patient care, and human physiology; topics, workshops and practicals towards either your health sciences or medical science focus; and a selection of electives in health or medical science, including nutrition and dietetics, paramedic science, immunology and microbiology, biotechnology, or disability studies, depending on your focus.

Typical third to sixth years may include

  • themes in the interaction between doctor and patient including practicals and clinical placements;
  • themes in knowledge of health and illness including practicals;
  • themes in health professions and society, covering socially responsible health practice, clinical research foundations, and advanced studies;
  • a theme introducing you to clinical practice, including practicals and a clinical placement;
  • clinical performance topics including clinical and industry placements;
  • option topics in research or coursework;
  • a professional induction to clinical practice.

Practical Experience

  • Practicals and workshops in the clinical sciences degree prepare you for extensive clinical placements in the MD.
  • Team-based learning (TBL) and other active learning strategies ensure you drive your own learning, preparing you to face the challenges of medical practice.
  • Work with tutors, with patients, and in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Unit.
  • Work alongside practicing clinicians as a medical student.
  • Undertake clinical placements in suburban Adelaide, the Northern Territory, and/or rural and remote communities.
  • Study abroad – In your final year you may be able to undertake 12 weeks of clinical electives anywhere in the world.

 

Admission Requirements

The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences, Doctor of Medicine program at Flinders University is only available to

  • current Grade 12 students; or
  • applicants who have completed Grade 12 (or equivalent) and have not since undertaken any post-secondary studies.

1. High school diploma
A minimum of 90%+ overall average in all Grade 12 subjects is required (averages and calculations depend upon province):

AB – approx. 96%
BC – approx. 95%
ON – approx. 90%

2. Interview
The interview is semi-structured with a common set of scenarios and questions for all applicants. It is designed to assess qualities considered important both for success in medical school and in subsequent medical practice:

  • Communication skills
  • Pro-social attitude
  • Personal management and self-evaluation skills
  • Quality of motivation

Interviews are held in Toronto and Vancouver each year (usually May and August). Final ranking is determined by combining secondary school results and interview score.

Progression to MD
You must have achieved a 5+ GPA in the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences.

Admission Timeline

*Application deadline: Rolling admissions. Applications are assessed as they are received—the earlier you apply the better.