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Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
James Cook University - Cairns

Course outline

This comprehensive six-year course covers the essential requirements of an Australian medical degree including anatomy and physiology, biological and social sciences, and clinical medicine. This course places special emphasis on tropical medicine and the health of rural and remote communities and Indigenous Australians. Students gain practical experience through a series of clinical placements, including in rural and remote areas. Townsville students must be prepared to take prescribed placements outside Townsville with about half of fifth- and sixth-year students relocated to clinical school sites such as Cairns and Mackay. Details can be found at JCU Teaching Sites. For current course information, visit Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at JCU.

Other requirements

Prior to taking professional placements, students must provide evidence of immunity to hepatitis B, MMR, varicellla, and pertussis, and current Provide First Aid and CPR certificates. A Suitability Card is required and an Australian Federal Police check may be required; refer to institution.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for JCU and for this course, refer to the JCU website.


English, Literature, English and Literature Extension or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 and 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 and 4, C); Chemistry (Units 3 and 4, C); Completion of Year 12 or attained age 18 years; Application Form

Fixed closing date

Domestic applicants: QTAC applications and JCU Online Application submissions close 30 September 2023. International applicants: QTAC applications and JCU Application Form submissions close 31 August 2023.

Additional entry requirements

Selection is based on a combination of online application, academic results and interview. In addition to applying through QTAC, applicants must submit a JCU Online Application. The JCU Online application portal is available from Current domestic Year 12 applicants must request their school submit a Prediction of Academic Achievement form to JCU. This form is available from Application forms and Information for Domestic Applicants. Students will be invited for an interview based on their academic results and the evaluation of the JCU Online Application. Interview panels use specific criteria to assess applicants and identify attributes suited to a career in medicine. Interviews will be held in early December 2023 and early January 2024 via Zoom. This degree is primarily for Year 12 applicants. A limited number of places may be available for graduates or non-Year 12 applicants.

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2023
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Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2023

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Career opportunities

With further study, general practitioners or medical specialists working in community settings, private practice, public or private hospitals, in medical research.


Australian Medical Council.

Course Code
Start Date
Offer rounds

11 Jan 2024

CSP/$11300 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree
Study Area
Health and Recreation
Study Mode
Full time
Course Duration

6 years Full time

Cairns & Far North Queensland
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