Duration 2-3 trimesters
Intakes March and June
Location Newcastle
Program Fee $29,200  (Additional Fees will apply)
CRICOS Code 104603H

The Foundation Studies in Medicine (FSM) program provides international students with a pathway into the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program) at the University of Newcastle. One of a handful of programs of its type in Australia, successful applicants receive a packaged offer and those who accept an offer will receive an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment for both FSM and the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine.


Students must successfully complete all modules within the FSM and achieve an average mark of 90% in order to be invited to participate in the remaining stages of the selection process (interview). The average mark is calculated from the average of all eight modules attempted in the year and is expressed as a percentage.

Students who are not offered a place in the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine program will be considered for a place in an alternative degree of their choosing (and subject to a quota-ed place availability and achieving the required average mark).

Residency Status

An applicant who is successful in gaining a place as a fee-paying international student in the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine at the University of Newcastle should be aware that it is a condition of continued enrolment in the program that their visa status at the census date in each semester remains that of an international student. Conversion to permanent resident status will result in the student losing their status as a fee-paying international student.

Entry Requirements

For detailed information about the academic entry requirements for your country of origin please refer to our Entry Requirements page.

Course Structure

Eight core courses:
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Introduction to Academic Communication
  • IT for Academic Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Human Biology
  • Introductory Mathematics

This degree is available after successful Foundation Studies in Medicine completion
    - Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine


Scholarships are available for all remaining intakes in 2021. These are awarded as a tuition fee reduction in the final trimester of your college program.

To find out what is available for you, please email and we will send you the details of the scholarships available for your preferred program.