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Study Experience

If you aspire to enhance people’s health and wellbeing, and help shape the future of modern health care, Adelaide Medical School puts your goals within reach.

As an Adelaide Medical School student you will be part of an exceptional and diverse community of high-achieving learners, all possessing the drive and ability to succeed.

Our staff—internationally recognised for their outstanding contribution to the student learning experience—will share with you their passion for excellence in education. You will engage in a variety of creative face-to-face, online and blended learning experiences.

You will also have the opportunity to work with many of the school’s world-class researchers in leading research facilities, enabling you to gain expertise in your field of interest and make a real impact on the world's most challenging health problems.

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Options for every stage of your career

At Adelaide Medical School you can choose from high-quality undergraduate, postgraduate coursework, and postgraduate research degrees.

If you wish to pursue a career in medicine, we offer the highly regarded Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. This degree focuses on experiential learning as well as academic rigour, and facilitates the effective integration of theory and practice.

If you are interested in human health but aren’t yet sure where that might take you, consider our Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences. This flexible degree can be tailored to your interests and career aspirations.

We also offer the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Advanced) option for aspiring future leaders in health. Health and medical sciences encompasses a broad range of disciplines, but what unites health scientists in the field is an evidence-based approach: they are experts in identifying, appraising, evaluating and applying the best techniques for improving health and wellbeing.

For more information, download our health undergraduate program guide.

We also offer a number of degrees in addiction studies and mental health, some of which are delivered entirely online. Addiction studies is a fascinating, multidisciplinary field that includes pharmacological, psychosocial, public health and policy approaches.

If you are already a qualified surgeon and are looking to consolidate and improve your expertise, we offer the Master of Minimally Invasive Surgery. Or, if you would like to pursue a career in research, we also offer PhD and master’s degrees.

Find out more about our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

State-of-the-art facilities

Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building

Adelaide Medical School is located within the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences (AHMS) building, which opened in early 2017. Conveniently situated in the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct adjacent the Royal Adelaide Hospital and South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the AHMS building provides a state-of-the-art teaching space for our flagship medical and nursing degrees. It also houses our research groups and the Adelaide Dental Hospital.

Learn more about the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building

Adelaide Health Simulation

Adelaide Health Simulation provides practical training for health professionals and students, using advanced technology to simulate medical and surgical emergencies, and teach critical decision-making. Our approach provides a safe, comfortable and well-supported learning environment, with mentoring from highly respected educators.

Learn more about Adelaide Health Simulation

Specialist services

Adelaide Medical School provides a full range of specialist facilities that offer you an optimal learning environment, and enable staff to develop engaging blended and online learning resources.

These include the Medical Sciences Teaching Resource Centre, which provides: experimental equipment for labs; multimedia support, such as self-paced learning guides, videos and other valuable tutorial resources; and an e-Learning Resource Room for school staff.

Scholarship opportunities

The University offers a number of scholarships to potential and currently enrolled undergraduate and postgraduate students, and there are also many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations.

Just one example is our Research Travel Scholarships, which enable talented students—and that could be you—to study abroad at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world. It’s an experience that could open the way for you to engage in cross or in-discipline collaboration with top researchers the world over.

Study overseas

As an Adelaide Medical School student you’ll have the opportunity to study overseas through study tours in Asia and Europe. For example, as a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery student you’ll undertake a four-week work-based training/Dean’s elective overseas in a local or overseas hospital or clinic of your choice prior to completing your degree. Past students have worked and studied in countries such as the UK, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Canada. From 2018, Level 5 students can also apply to spend a semester at Aarhus University in Denmark. For more information about studying overseas as a medical student, contact fhmsglobal@adelaide.edu.au.

Student clubs

University isn’t all work and no play. Joining a student club is a great way to pursue other interests and meet new people. From sports and hobbies to politics and culture, the University of Adelaide has a wide range of student clubs for you to consider. As a student in the Adelaide Medical School, you may find the Adelaide Medical Students’ Society and Adelaide Health Sciences Society of particular interest.

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