Are universities ditching the Bachelor’s degree?

The birth of Australia’s first masters-level medical degree at the University of Melbourne in 2011 was widely seen as a cash grab by the university.

Their move to close the MBBS program and set up an MD (Doctor of Medicine) course enabled the university to enrol full-fee paying domestic students into its medicine degree — which is allowable with masters but not bachelor courses. Now almost every medical school across the country is looking to set up its own MD program.

Critics say the degree is no better than a bachelor’s degree and both prepare students