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About the program

This program will not be taking new students. The following information is being retained for students currently enrolled in the program.

If you are interested in studying medicine, please visit the au/program/bachelor-medical-studies">Bachelor of Medical Studies program

Bond University’s Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery Program (MBBS) is an accredited, integrated evidence-based course offering direct entry to both Year 12 school-leavers and other university graduates.

Established by one of the world’s leading authorities in Evidence-Based Medicine, the program is distinguished by its strong educational focus on problem-based learning. Rather than studying one specialist area at a time, the curriculum challenges students with clinical cases that combine a range of symptoms, possible diagnoses and disciplines. The holistic learning strategy is complemented by extensive clinical practice and patient contact integrated with the theoretical study elements.

The Bond MBBS program is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and practical skills that a doctor needs to practice medicine in a modern clinical setting. A variety of teaching and learning systems are employed including case-based small group tutorials, problem-based tutorials, practical classes, clinical skills and laboratory training, self-directed learning, web-based and e-learning, interactive seminars and lectures. This combination of contemporary medical education approaches ensures that learning relates directly to patient care and prepares graduates to assume a high level of responsibility.

A strong emphasis is placed on clinical skills training and due to small class sizes, students learn in a highly personalised environment with state-of-the-art equipment.

With Bond’s three-semesters-per-year timetable and intensive clinical training periods, the MBBS degree is completed in just 4 years 8 months, with graduates then eligible to apply for hospital internships.

ModeOn Campus
Duration4 years & 8 months full time (3 semesters per year) 14 semesters total
Starting semesters
Program typeBachelors Degree
Study areaMedicine
Program codeCC-60018
CRICOS code063420C
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: sbc@bond.edu.au

Graduates are qualified for registration as a medical practitioner in any State or Territory in Australia. They will have the appropriate knowledge, attitudes and skills to function effectively as interns in Australian hospitals and will be ideally positioned to undergo further training in any of the Australasian specialty colleges.

Our MBBS graduates have secured internships in hospitals across Australia and New Zealand.

Hospitals (listed alphabetically) include:

  • Alfred Hospital, Victoria
  • Austin Hospital, Victoria
  • Ballarat Hospital, Victoria
  • Bankstown Hospital, New South Wales
  • Concord Hospital, New South Wales
  • Eastern Health Hospital, Victoria
  • Flinders Hospital, South Australia
  • Gold Coast Hospital, Queensland
  • Liverpool Hospital, New South Wales
  • Logan Hospital, Queensland
  • Mater Public Hospitals, Queensland
  • Middlemore Hospital, New Zealand
  • Nambour Hospital, Queensland
  • Nepean Hospital, New South Wales
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital, Queensland
  • Redcliffe Hospital, Queensland
  • Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia
  • Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Queensland
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria
  • Southern Health Hospital, Victoria
  • St George Hospital, New South Wales
  • St Vincents Hospital, Victoria
  • The Prince Charles Hospital, Queensland
  • Townsville Hospital, Queensland
  • Westmead Hospital, New South Wales
  • Wollongong Hospital, New South Wales

Internship places are assessed by individual states and are separate from universities.

Program structure

The Bond MBBS program is an integrated problem-based learning course built around three themes:

ThemeTitleContent
1Scientist and ScholarBasic and clinically applied science, critical appraisal, research and teaching.
2PractitionerCommunication, consultation, physical examination, procedural skills from simulation to clinical practice.
3Health Advocate and ProfessionalApplying in practice the principles of professionalism, ethics, medico-legal and self care.

These three themes are integrated throughout the entire medicine program but with a particular emphasis at different points in the curriculum.  Throughout the course, training in clinical and communication skills is provided to ensure students can communicate clearly with patients.

The Bond MBBS program comprises five calendar years. In Year 1 the emphasis is on the basic sciences.  The emphasis changes towards the clinical applied sciences as the program progresses.

The first three years of the program align with Bond University's MBBS Entry Requirements 12-week semester format and extensively use Problem Based Learning (PBL). Each week has a clinical case around which the learning is integrated.

Year 1

Year 1 commences with the molecular and cellular foundations of life and then guides learning through the first cycle of the body systems.

This cycle focuses on:

  • Introducing the structure and function of discrete organs
  • Psychological basis of normal human behaviour
  • Sociological basis of the behaviours of populations

The foundations of an effective practitioner are explored through an introduction to conducting effective observations of people both healthy and ill.  This involves the beginning of the development of the understanding of and the skills involved in effective interpersonal communication, group work and collaborative learning.

Collectively integrated learning opportunities seed:

  • Awareness of the roles of the doctor and healthcare system
  • The impact of illness on the patient, their family and society
  • The ethical basis of patient-centred health care
Year 2

Year 2 is framed around a second cycle through the body systems and focuses on:

  • Relationships between structure and function, building complexity into an integrative systems focus
  • Mechanisms of disease and infectious organisms
  • Normal compensatory mechanisms for restoring normal function

Knowledge of psychosocial frameworks is deepened and broadened to explore the varied responses of individuals, groups, populations and cultures to disease as well as the exploration of psychosocial factors that contribute to disease and impact on patient healthcare, highlighting the complexities of health inequities.

The foundation knowledge and skills of a competent practitioner continue with a focus on history taking and physical examination of discrete systems. The ethical complexities of health care are then further explored inclusive of the legal framework for provision of health care and placements in health care settings will provide the context for introducing healthcare systems.

Year 3

Year 3 will be structured around the core rotations of:

  • Child Health
  • Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Surgery
  • Women’s Health

With a focus in specific areas of:

  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Endocrinology
  • Imaging
  • Immunology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Pathology

Year 3 focuses on the use of evidence in the practice of medicine. Acquisition of clinical reasoning skills will be based on the appropriate prioritisation of diagnostic possibilities, after the synthesis of complete examinations and the application of knowledge of normal structure and function and disease processes.

Learning will occur in a rich clinical environment, deepening the experiential base of the impacts of psychosocial and cultural constructs on illness and healthcare and will provide the context to further explore community and population health. Professional development continues guiding development of competencies to effectively manage complex and stressful situations involving both individuals and groups. This year completes preparation for full immersion in the clinical learning environment in the Years 4 and 5.

Year 4

Year 4 consists of approximately 43 academic weeks, which includes rotations through the following clinical disciplines:

  • Child Health
  • Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Surgery
  • Women’s Health

In Training Assessment (ITA) is conducted throughout the year.

Year 5

Year 5 consists of approximately 42 academic weeks, including rotations through the following clinical disciplines:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Practice
  • Critical Care
  • Selective ( Students have the opportunity to select an area of sub-speciality interest )
  • Elective (Students have another opportunity to undertake further clinical placements either in Australia or overseas. Opportunities for research are also available during the elective period)

In Training Assessment (ITA) is conducted throughout the year.

*Subject names and structure may change.

The Bond MBBS program is an undergraduate program, however it is also open to students who have completed an undergraduate program. Enrolments in the program are strictly limited to ensure small class sizes and sufficient clinical placements. As such, entry is extremely competitive.

Please note: This program will not be taking new students in 2016. The following information is being retained for students currently enrolled in the program.

If you are interested in studying medicine, please visit the Bachelor of Medical Studies program