The University of Western Australia's medicine degree is a postgraduate degree. There are 2 paths to the postgraduate medicine program, direct (conditional) entry via an undergraduate degree completed prior to the Doctor of Medicine degree at UWA or via a graduate entry path. Importantly there is no 10 year rule at UWA so the age of your prior degree is not a consideration.


Scroll down to see the available entry paths to the University of Western Australia's medicine program.



Available paths 


There are 2 paths to medicine at UWA that are differentiated by whether you apply for a place either directly following Year 12 (known as Direct Entry) or whether you apply for Graduate Entry. 

Path 1: Direct Entry Bachelor degree (any degree, UWA)

The UWA Direct Entry path enables students to secure a conditional place in the Doctor of Medicine degree, prior to commencing their Bachelor's degree.

There are no prerequisite undergraduate degrees for medicine at UWA. There is, however, a recommended major which is the Medical Sciences major. Instead, Direct Entry is secured if you are a -

  • high academic achiever with an ATAR of 99 min or above,

  • have undertaken all Year 12 studies at a Western Australian school that is designated under the Broadway School Scheme (Broadway schools are specified schools within the Perth area or located in a regional/remote area) and have an ATAR of 96 min,

  • are a rural applicant with an ATAR of 96 min, or are an

  • international applicant and have an ATAR equivalent of 96 min.


Path 2: Graduate Entry Bachelor degree (any degree, any university)

Students with a previous degree can apply for medicine at UWA and there are no prerequisite degrees. There is no 10 year rule so the age of your previous degree is not taken into consideration.

UWA recommend domestic students study physics to Year 12 (or as a first year university subject) and chemistry and biology/human biology to first year university. UWA also list recommended Bachelor units in Biology, Chemistry and Physics with the main intent of these studies to equip students for the GAMSAT.



How selection works


Direct Entry applicants and Graduate applicants progress through a 2 stage assessment process (like many other universities) but the specifics for each differ:-

Direct Entry

Stage 1: Your ATAR and UCAT/ISAT score determines whether you are offered an interview.

Stage 2: Selection criteria and weightings regarding the offer of a place are determined by your background -

  • Domestic: UCAT/ISAT (33%) + ATAR (33%) + Interview (33%)

  • Rural: UCAT (25%) + ATAR (25%) + Interview (25%) + rurality rating (25%)

  • International: ISAT (20%) + ATAR (40%) + Interview (40%)


Graduate Entry

Stage 1: Your GPA (50%) and GAMSAT/MCAT (50%) results are combined to determine who's offered an interview

Stage 2: Selection criteria and weightings regarding the offer of a place are also determined by your background -

  • Non- rural and International: GAMSAT/MCAT (33%) + GPA (33%) + Interview (33%)

  • Rural: GAMSAT (25%) + GPA (25%) + Interview (25%) + rurality ranking (25%)

  • Indigenous: GPA + interview




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's 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.