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

  • Standard (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 209 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. Of the Direct Entry places, most (65 places) are allocated to high performing (ATAR 99 min) students.


Degree Longevity

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 (Physics can be studied at first year university level if students have not studied physics at high school). Changes in 2019 now include Maths Applications (or higher) as a recommended unit for domestic students (previously this was only recommended for international students).

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 as a major. International Direct Entry students who do this are able to then enter the Doctor of Medicine degree at second year.

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. International students who undertake the recommended Medical Sciences major in their undergraduate UWA degree have the opportunity to enter the Doctor of Medicine degree at second year. Information provided by UWA indicate the Medical Sciences major is also recommended for domestic students but there is no indication that this provides an opportunity to enter the Doctor of Medicine degree at second year.

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.



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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Other University Paths to Medicine



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.