Studying Medicine at the University of Western Australia

If you are passionate about medicine and are considering studying it in Australia, then the University of Western Australia (UWA) is an excellent option.

With a strong reputation for producing highly skilled doctors and healthcare professionals, UWA offers a comprehensive and rewarding medical program.

The University of Western Australia School of Medicine

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About

The University of Western Australia School of Medicine is one of the top medical schools in Australia, offering a world-class education and research environment. Established in 1957, it is the oldest medical school in Western Australia, with over 6000 alumni.

The school offers courses ranging from undergraduate studies to postgraduate qualifications while also providing clinical teaching and research opportunities. It is renowned for its research excellence in cancer, infectious diseases, mental health, and neuroscience.

Rankings

  • #9 in Australia (THE World University Rankings 2023 by Subject in Medicine and Dentistry)
  • #101-125 in the world (THE World University Rankings 2023 by Subject in Medicine and Dentistry)
  • #3 in Australia (ARWU 2022 for Clinical Medicine)
  • #32 in the world (ARWU 2022 for Clinical Medicine)
  • #10 in Australia (Q.S. World University Rankings by Subject in Medicine 2023)
  • #151-200 in the World (Q.S. World University Rankings by Subject in Medicine 2023)

Accreditation

The Australian Medical Council accredits the Doctor of Medicine (MD) as a course recognized for medical pre-registration in Australia.

Campus

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  • Perth (Crawley campus)
  • Albany (Regional campus)

Website: https://www.uwa.edu.au/schools/medicine

Courses in Medicine (Doctor of Medicine)

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Steps to Become a Doctor

There are 4 steps to becoming a specialist doctor:

  1. Bachelor’s degree: 3 – 4 years
  2. Doctor of Medicine: 3 – 4 years
  3. Junior hospital doctor: 2 – 3 years
  4. Specialist training: 3 – 5 years
  5. Specialist doctor (e.g., General practitioner, surgeon, psychiatrist, obstetrician)

Graduate Entry to Medicine (for university graduates)

MD is a postgraduate coursework degree. If you are a university graduate with a bachelor’s degree, you may be eligible to apply for graduate entry into the Doctor of Medicine (MD).

Requirements

To be considered for admission into the MD, an applicant must have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognized by UWA. 
  • the equivalent of a selection Grade Point Average (sGPA) of at least 5.5, and
  • a Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) overall score of at least 55 and no section score of less than 50.

International applicants to the MD program have the option to take the MCAT instead of the GAMSAT. They must achieve a minimum overall score of 500, with no section score below 124.

Assured Pathway Entry to Medicine for Domestic Applicants (for domestic school leavers)

To ensure accessibility from high school, the medical school offers many Direct Assured Bachelor-MD pathway places to performing school leavers.

So, if you are a high school graduate and want to become a doctor, you may apply for this program. This pathway entry is available for high-achieving domestic school leavers. 

To obtain an Assured Pathway place in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, successful applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree at UWA and achieved minimum academic results.

Requirements

  • Minimum ATAR and quota eligibility (ask the school for updated information)
  • Suitable UCAT ANZ score
  • Interview
  • English language competency
  • Inherent Requirements for the MD

Assured Pathway Entry to Medicine for International Students (for international school leavers)

You may apply as a high school graduate outside Australia for this pathway program.

International Assured Pathway students will complete a three-year UWA Bachelor’s degree and then a three-year postgraduate qualification (Doctor of Medicine). The total course duration is 6 years.

Successful applicants will receive a conditional place in the Doctor of Medicine (MD). An Assured Pathway place in the MD is conditional upon completing a UWA bachelor’s degree and meeting minimum academic results.

Requirements

  • Applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements. Those who have completed studies other than ATAR will have their final results converted to an ATAR equivalent.
  • It is required to take the International Student Admissions Test (ISAT) before the application deadline.
  • Applicants must have international student status. Applicants with Australian or New Zealand Citizenship or Australian Permanent Residency, including dual citizenship holders, must apply via TISC for a domestic place.
  • Applicants must not have commenced tertiary studies, including university degree studies or vocational training at diploma level or above.

Fee (2023)

For domestic students fee-paying:

  • Course credit points: 192
  • Annual credit points: 48
  • Fee per credit point: $1,710.42
  • Free per EFTSL: $82,100
  • Total course fee: $328,401

For international students:

  • Course credit points: 192
  • Annual credit points: 48
  • Fee per credit point: $1,858.33
  • Free per EFTSL: $89,200

Note: the above fees do not include the undergraduate coursework fee required for pathway places.

Other Doctor Programs

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Doctor of Dental Medicine

The DMD course comprises 20 units within modularised streams covering comprehensive clinical care, Developmental & Behavioural Sciences, Diagnostic & Surgical Sciences, and Restorative & Rehabilitative Sciences.

Fee (2023):

For domestic students fee-paying:

  • Course credit points: 192
  • Annual credit points: 48
  • Fee per credit point: $1,710.42
  • Free per EFTSL: $82,100
  • Total course fee: $328,401

For international students:

  • Course credit points: 192
  • Annual credit points: 48
  • Fee per credit point: $1,858.33
  • Free per EFTSL: $89,200

Check here for detailed courses and requirements.

Doctor of Optometry

The Doctor of Optometry program is a three-year course, including on-campus instruction and clinical practicum. It provides training in identifying, diagnosing, treating, and caring for eye conditions and visual system rehabilitation.

Fee (2023): 

For domestic students fee-paying:

  • Course credit points: 192
  • Annual credit points: 48
  • Fee per credit point: $710.42
  • Free per EFTSL: $34,100
  • Total course fee: $136,401

For international students:

  • Course credit points: 192
  • Annual credit points: 48
  • Fee per credit point: $854.17
  • Free per EFTSL: $41,000

Check here for detailed courses and requirements.

How to Apply

To apply, follow these simple steps:

Find your course

Postgraduate program offerings include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, and master’s degrees. Please review the options and select the program that best fits your needs.

Check entry requirements

Before initiating your application, review the admission prerequisites for your selected course. These prerequisites are in the ‘admission requirements’ section on every course page.

Additionally, confirm that you satisfy the University’s English language proficiency prerequisites.

Check application important dates.

Applications typically become available up to two years ahead, with two intake periods each year (Semester 1 in February and Semester 2 in July).

However, it’s important to note that specific postgraduate courses may follow different schedules, so confirm the timeline for your specific program.

Start my application

When you’re ready, you can apply directly to us here.

If you’re an international student, you may wish to apply through an agent.

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