Medicine/Arts Program 3856




Please note the change in program code (now 3856)  Students wishing to transfer to the Medicine/Arts program need to carefully consider the implications of the revised program

General information

The Medicine/Arts program is an alternative program of study in which, over a 7 or 8 year period, a student may complete the degree of Bachelor of Arts, together with the BMed MD. This program is only open to students who have been accepted for entry into the Faculty of Medicine.

The program allows students to pursue their interest in the Arts and Social Sciences during their medical studies and will appeal to those who are interested in a broader education or are considering a “different” type of medical career.

Students enrolled in Medicine/Arts can only study courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Medicine/Arts students are exempt from 12 units of credit of General Education courses.

How do students enrol in the Medicine/Arts Program?

Students can enrol in the Medicine/Arts Program at the commencement of their studies when they accept their enrolment online or by completing an Internal Program Transfer (IPT) application via myUNSW. Internal transfer is only allowed during Phase 1.

What to consider before enrolling in the Medicine/Arts Program?

Students need to consider their ability to cope with the extra study load of up to 30 units of credit (uoc) per semester in Year 2, e.g. 24 units of credit of Medicine courses plus 6 units of credit of Arts courses.

Students also need to be mindful of the strong likelihood of timetable clashes.

How will timetable clashes be resolved?

The Medicine timetable has precedence and frequent changes do occur. It is not possible to adjust the Medicine timetable to suit the needs of individual students enrolled in the Medicine/Arts program.

Students wishing to do language courses are especially affected as these courses can only be studied in sequence (e.g. introductory S1, intermediate S2 etc.)

You should consider your choice of Arts subjects carefully and where necessary be prepared to choose alternative Arts courses if clashes cannot be resolved.

How many years will it take to complete the Medicine/Arts 3856 program?

In order to complete the combined program in 7 years, students are required to undertake an approved arts-focused Independent Learning Project as well as to complete an additional Arts course above the normal Semester load (24 UOC) in at least one Semester. All other students will require 8 years to complete the combined program.

When is the best time to commence Arts courses?

Ideally students should start Arts courses in Session 1 of their second year (particularly if they are interested in Level 1 language courses which are only offered in Session 1). However, if approved, students can enrol up to the end of Year 2 (although these students may take General Education courses “unnecessarily”).

When is the best time to take the year off to concentrate on Arts studies?

It is recommended for students to take the Arts year in Year 3 or Year 4 of the combined program and before doing their ILP/Honours research and clinical refresher course. See recommended timetable option 2.

Under special circumstances it may be possible to take the year's break between Phase 2 & Phase 3. However, this would only be considered in special circumstances and would be the last point in the program that the Arts year could be considered.

What are the requirements of the Medicine/Arts Program?

The course requirements for Medicine are the same as for the BMed MD program.

Commenced Medicine/Arts 3841 before 2012

Students are required to complete 72 units of credit in courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from the subject areas at the link below:

Students must complete 54 units of credit in a major sequence. A major sequence usually includes 12 units of credit at Level 1 and 42 units of credit at Upper Level.

Information about the structure of major sequences can be found in the Areas of Specialisation A-Z Section of the online Undergraduate Handbook.

For further information about Arts courses and major sequences please contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Commenced Medicine/Arts 3845 from 2012 onwards and 3856 from 2013

As of 2012 onwards, students who commence Medicine/Arts are required to complete 96 units of credit offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as above.

However the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will count 24 units of credit from the year 4 research providing the project has a humanities focus such as social and cultural determinants of health, Indigenous health, ethics, etc. The year 4 research must be submitted for consideration by the Advanced Study & Research Committee and will also require approval from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Further information on the year 4 research submission process is available here.

Can students take a session of Arts courses overseas?

Students can apply to do a session overseas (a maximum of 24 units of credit). Further information is available from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Student Exchange section on the International website.

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