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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Area of Study

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Campus(es)Clayton, Gippsland, Sunway


The normal way for a person to become a medical practitioner in Victoria is by doing a university course leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). The graduate is then eligible for provisional registration by the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria. After serving a compulsory internship year in an approved hospital, he/she is eligible for final registration in Victoria and other states of Australia. The same registration provisions apply for all Monash MBBS courses.

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) has the responsibility for the accreditation of medical schools in Australia.

The MBBS course follows four main themes:

  • Personal and professional development - concentrates on the personal attributes and qualities needed to work as a doctor
  • Population, society, health and illness - students learn about the history and philosophy of the scientific approach to medicine
  • Scientific basis of clinical practice - details the knowledge and concepts that underpin medicine, both in medical and clinical science
  • Clinical skills - students interact with a range of healthcare professionals through General Practice and rural visits, and gain experience in a wide range of medical work places including accident and emergency, anaesthesia, palliative care, infectious diseases and more.


For the schedule of units required to complete a given course in this area of study, refer to the Handbook entry for the the relevant course.

Medicine courses

Monash University offers the MBBS to school leavers via a five year program of studies at its Clayton and Sunway campuses, and also offers a four year graduate entry Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Gippsland.

Graduate entry program students will need to have completed (or be in the process of completing) a three year degree (or equivalent qualification) obtained from an Australian university or recognised (as determined by Monash University) international higher education institution.

Contact details

Telephone: +61 3 9905 2048

Fax: +61 3 9905 9327


Relevant Courses

  • 0040 Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery *
  • 3856 Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery **
  • 3952 Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery ***
  • 1074 Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Laws *
  • 0041 Honours degree of Bachelor of Medical Science

* Clayton

** Sunway

*** Gippsland