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Course and Subject Handbook 2022 Courses Undergraduate Courses Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) [Embedded]

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) [Embedded]

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Course code


Course type

Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF Level 8)

Professional Accreditation Status

This course is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC). Students enrolled in this degree will be registered with the Medical Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for the duration of their program of study or until they are no longer enrolled. Graduates will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Medical Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine


Medicine and Dentistry

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Current enrolment in Year 5 of the James Cook University Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery pass degree (honours study will be part-time and concurrent with pass degree), and achievement of a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) in each of the years 2, 3 and 4 of the MBBS course (excluding year 3 selective subject).

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Students also need to take note that in accordance with the National Registration Board’s requirement, they must hold a valid IELTS (academic module) minimum score of 7.0 in all components within 2 years prior to applying for registration

Additional selection requirements

A quota may be imposed on the number of students accepted for entry to the honours program depending on the availability of supervisors.

Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course.  Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.

Post admission

This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children Card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

You will find your course requirements here:

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

144 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply coherent and advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes required to commence internship at any Australasian hospital

  • Practice culturally and contextually appropriate health care for rural, remote, tropical and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations

  • Demonstrate a community health orientation and advocacy skills to achieve improved health care outcomes, particularly in underserved populations

  • Evaluate the complexities of health, health care delivery and health careers in rural and remote communities

  • Self-evaluate their professional practice and demonstrate self-directed learning and contribution to the professional education of peers and junior colleagues

  • Demonstrate and apply literacy, numeracy and communication skills appropriate to professional practice

  • Interpret and apply contextually appropriate scientific knowledge in clinical decision making

  • Demonstrate and apply the principles of ethical, professional and legal dimensions of practice

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research approaches through critical analysis, evaluation and application of the relevant approach.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


Year 1

MD1010:12 Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 1 of 2

MD1020:12 Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 2 of 2

Year 2

MD2011:12 Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 1 of 2

MD2012:12 Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 2 of 2

Year 3

MD3011:09 Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part1 of 2

MD3012:12 Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 2 of 2

MD3000:03 Selective Study or Select 3 credit points of subjects chosen in consultation with the course coordinator.

(Other tertiary offerings may be considered under exceptional circumstances at the Dean’s discretion. This subject provides an opportunity for students to extend themselves into an area of study where they previously have little or no background.)

Year 4

MD4011:03 Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 1 of 3

MD4012:09 Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 2 of 3

MD4013:12 Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 3 of 3

Year 5

MD5110:06 Integrated Clinical Practice (Honours) Part 1 of 3

MD5120:09 Integrated Clinical Practice (Honours) Part 2 of 3

MD5130:09 Integrated Clinical Practice (Honours) Part 3 of 3

Year 6

MD6110:06 Advanced Clinical Medicine (Honours) Part 1 of 3

MD6120:09 Advanced Clinical Medicine (Honours) Part 2 of 3

MD6130:09 Advanced Clinical Medicine (Honours) Part 3 of 3




JCU Townsville



Expected time to complete

6 years full-time, not available part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Coursework Enrolment Procedure.

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for credit transfer  for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

72 credit points


Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree

Other restrictions

Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning cannot be granted for Selective Study or alternative subject choice. It is intended as an opportunity for students to extend themselves into an area of study where they previously have little or no background; or acquire additional depth in an area of previous knowledge in relation to their current MBBS Course.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable