University of Western Australia Medicine - detailed entry requirements and how UWA compares with other universities
The University of Western Australia (UWA) offers two postgraduate pathways to medicine -
Direct Entry - a guaranteed entry program (conditional on ensuring students have a faculty grade point average of 5.5) following completion of any UWA undergraduate degree and
Graduate Entry - undertaken after completing a previous degree.
Entry Requirements - The full details regarding the entry requirements for medicine at UWA are given in the table below.
This table shows, not only the requirements to obtain a place in the postgraduate medical degree, but also details how each of the 2 paths flow into the medical degree and what you need to keep in mind not only for medicine, but also when applying for your undergraduate degree.
How UWA Compares with Other Universities - Scroll further down, below the table and you'll also see the UWA Comparitor. This tool enables you to compare the 2 paths to medicine at UWA, with other university paths (offered by 19 Australian universities).
University of Western Australia detailed entry Requirements
There are a number of notable aspects in how UWA structures its postgraduate medical degree and how the 2 undergraduate paths flow to it.
Two postgraduate paths but Direct Entry favoured
Of the 239 places in the UWA Doctor of Medicine degree, approximately 70% are allocated to students coming through the Direct Entry path. The Direct Entry path pertains to high academic achieving students, Broadway School Scheme applicants, rural applicants, and international applicants. Direct Entry students are able to progress through to the Doctor of Medicine degree without the need to sit GAMSAT or go through an interview provided they achieve a grade point average of 5.5.
UWA does not have a 10 year rule - meaning even if your undergraduate degree was completed more than 10 years ago, you are still able to apply.
Accelerated degrees are OK at UWA
Many universities specify graduate entry that is based on having as a minimum a previous Bachelor degree of at least 3 years duration. This, however, is not the case at UWA who happily accept 2 year accelerated Bachelor degrees and 1 year conversion degrees.
Benefit of further postgraduate degrees
A range of postgraduate studies are able to be taken into consideration in calculating your GPA. If you have a PhD your GPA will calculated as 7.
The value of sciences subjects
UWA recommend Direct Entry students undertake biology, chemistry, maths applications (or higher) and physics in Year 12 or as Level 1 university undergraduate units.
There are no recommended Bachelor degrees but UWA does recommend Direct Entry students (who are required to undertake a UWA undergraduate degree) include the Medical Sciences major. UWA are presently considering the option of providing Direct Entry students who complete the Medical Sciences major to then enter the Doctor of Medicine degree at second year, meaning the total study duration will be 6 rather than 7 years. These UWA considerations may also extend to having the Medical Sciences major delivered specifically for Direct Entry students meaning if you are doing your undergraduate degree at UWA with the intention of then applying for the Graduate Entry program you will be unable to study the Medical Sciences major and by extension will need to complete the full 4 year Doctor of Medicine program.
It’s worthwhile noting first year undergraduate subjects/units may have prerequisite Year 12 requirements, so if you are planning to apply for UWA Direct Entry medicine make sure you work through not only what Bachelor degree you may wish to study, but also within this, think about the subjects/units you may wish to study in first year and make sure you have the prerequisite Year 12 subjects in place.
UCAT or GAMSAT but not both
The path you intend progressing through to medicine at UWA determines whether you need to sit the UCAT/ISAT or the GAMSAT/MCAT. The UCAT/ISAT is only required if you are pursuing the Direct Entry path.
International versus domestic requirements
There are some differences in requirements for international students compared with domestic with the Direct Entry path in terms of weightings for the offer of a place. Recent changes have changed the domestic (non-rural) weightings with ATAR, interview and UCAT/ISAT now all equally weighted at 33%. This compares to rural applicants who also have equal weightings but include the additional rurality criteria at 25% each, as opposed to international students who have greater emphasis placed on ATAR and interview (40% each) with ISAT results contributing 20%.
Information provided for international students also indicates the required UWA Direct Entry undergraduate degrees are Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). These are the available UWA undergraduate degrees - with this essentially meaning students (international and domestic) are able to progress into the Doctor of Medicine degree through the Direct Entry path via any UWA undergraduate degree.
UWA only conducts face to face interviews. For this reason UWA have an additional application requirement which involves WA-based students providing predicted ATAR information. Importantly this information needs to be provided directly by your High School. The reason for this is to align with the timing of interviews and offers, with non-WA applicants being interviewed later than WA-based applicants following released of ATAR results. International applicants are also interviewed face to face with a range of international interview locations nominated.
University of Western Australia Comparitor
UWA Comparitor - Click the arrow to scroll through other university paths to medicine to compare UWA paths.(Note: Some universities have numerous paths and these are shown on separate pages).
UWA's Paths to Medicine
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An important qualification
Study Medicine information has been compiled from Australian university information sources and therefore is a guide. Authoritative information is provided by the university only. Make sure you obtain information directly from the university before making any decisions.
The above information is intended to help you understand the University of Western Australia medical degree and the available paths to gain entry. Remember, information can always change, so ensure you keep up to date by regularly checking directly with the University of Western Australia.