Postgraduate

Doctor of Medicine

Doctor of Medicine (MD) graduates from UWA will be committed to the wellbeing of the patient, community and society as responsible, accountable, scholarly, capable and caring doctors.

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Address

Student Central

The University of Western Australia (M355), 35 Stirling Highway, Perth, Western Australia 6009

Telephone

131 UWA (131 892)

International

(+61 8) 6488 1000

Hours

8.30am - 5pm AWST, Monday - Friday

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Careers and further study

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Career Pathways

For registration as a medical practitioner in Australia, all graduates are required to complete a 12-month pre-registration internship in an approved clinical setting. Priority for internships is given to all Australian citizens and permanent residents. At present international graduates are only accommodated if sufficient intern places are available. 
Following graduation from the MD, further studies can be undertaken with a professional college for specialisation in a medical discipline, such as anaesthesia, obstetrics or psychiatry.
For registration as a medical practitioner in Australia, all graduates are required to complete a 12-month pre-registration internship in an approved clinical setting. Priority for internships is given to all Australian citizens and permanent residents. At present international graduates are only accommodated if sufficient intern places are available. 
Following graduation from the MD, further studies can be undertaken with a professional college for specialisation in a medical discipline, such as anaesthesia, obstetrics or psychiatry.
100%
UWA Graduate employment rate

Further Study

Following graduation from the MD, further studies can be undertaken with a professional college for specialisation in a medical discipline. Graduates can also enrol in the academic Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master's or Doctorate courses, including but not limited to: 
Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education, Graduate Diploma in Health Professions Education, Master of Health Professions Education, Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases, Master of Infectious Diseases, Graduate Diploma in Neonatology, Master of Neonatology, Graduate Certificate in Rural and Remote Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy.
Following graduation from the MD, further studies can be undertaken with a professional college for specialisation in a medical discipline. Graduates can also enrol in the academic Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master's or Doctorate courses, including but not limited to: 
Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education, Graduate Diploma in Health Professions Education, Master of Health Professions Education, Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases, Master of Infectious Diseases, Graduate Diploma in Neonatology, Master of Neonatology, Graduate Certificate in Rural and Remote Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy.
$77K
Average Graduate Starting Salary

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course.

Domestic Student Fees

Indicative annual course fee
2024
Commonwealth Supported Place $9,845.65

Eligible Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) students can use the HECS-HELP loan program to pay their tuition fees. For Full-Fee Paying (FFP) places, students are charged an annual course fee.

Find out more information about tuition fees, or visit the fee calculator for a more accurate cost.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

International Student Fees

Indicative first year fee
2024
$85,800.00

Find out more about tuition fees or visit the fee calculator for the estimated total course fee.

Note, tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to increase up to 7.5 per cent per annum.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below

Domestic School Leaver

School leaver entry to Medicine for domestic applicants

Australian citizens (including dual citizenship holders), permanent residents and New Zealand citizens are domestic students.

You may be eligible to apply for a school leaver place if you are currently completing high school ATAR (or equivalent level studies) or on a gap year, and have not commenced in university degree studies or vocational training at diploma level or above.

Domestic school leaver entry is a competitive process based on ATAR or equivalent, UCAT ANZ score and an interview process.

Domestic School Leaver
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place. 

Graduate applicants require at least two successful years of full-time or equivalent degree studies undertaken in Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America. Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 7.0. For more information visit ELC requirements.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Bonded Medical Program

The Australian Government’s Bonded Medical Program aims to provide more Australian trained doctors where there are workforce shortages, particularly in regional, rural and remote Australia. 

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL LEAVER

School leaver entry to Medicine for international students

International school leavers do not hold Australian citizenship, permanent residency or New Zealand citizenship and are currently completing high school ATAR (or equivalent level studies) or a gap year, and have not commenced in university degree studies or vocational training at diploma level or above. Further information regarding International student status can be found below under the heading Which entry pathway is for me?

International school leaver entry is a competitive process based on ATAR or equivalent, ISAT score and an interview process.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL LEAVER
QUOTA ELIGIBILITY

Which entry pathway is for me?

Your quota eligibility will define your entry pathway, minimum requirements for consideration, as well as how you will apply. You will be ranked for course offers against other eligible applicants within your quota, and you may be eligible for one or more subquotas within this course. 
QUOTA ELIGIBILITY

MD - availability of places

There are 206 domestic places in this course and a further 40 places for international students. 50% of places are allocated via school leaver entry and all remaining places via graduate entry.

Within the domestic quota up to 10% of places are allocated for Indigenous students, and 30% for Rural students. Twenty of the school leaver places are allocated to students from Broadway schools.

28.5% of all domestic places are Bonded Medical Places.

University graduate

Graduate entry to Medicine

Bachelor degree holders or students who are close to completing their first bachelor’s degree may be eligible to apply for graduate entry into the Doctor of Medicine (MD). 

Graduate entry into the MD is a competitive process based on GPA, GAMSAT (or equivalent) score and an interview process.

University graduate
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Graduate entry: GPA calculation and accepted degrees

The selection GPA (sGPA) forms part of the eligibility and selection criteria for graduate entry into this course. The UWA Admissions team will calculate the sGPA. Applicants must meet the specified minimum sGPA to be considered for a place in this course.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Interview

The interview allows shortlisted candidates to display some of the personal qualities considered desirable in health care practitioners.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Inherent Requirements

The UWA Medical School supports the national framework outlined in Every Doctor, Every Setting and the MDANZ Inclusive Medical Education. We prioritise the well-being of all our medical students and foster a nurturing and supportive learning environment. 

If you’re a prospective student and have any concerns about fulfilling the inherent requirements of the course, the Medical School will assess your situation and explore ways to make teaching and assessments more accessible on an individual basis. 

If you have any concerns or queries, contact the UWA Admissions team via email to seek further information and/or support.

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Course details

As a doctor, you will need to fulfil a number of roles including that of a professional, leader, advocate, clinician, educator and scholar, and these key roles form the themes around which the UWA Doctor of Medicine curriculum is structured. As well as undertaking relevant bioscience learning and development of clinical knowledge and skills reasoning, you will develop effective communication, leadership and teamwork skills for collaborative patient care. You may also pursue opportunities for depth of study in areas of your interest, through electives and scholarly activity. This course prepares graduates with the professional attributes required for successful medical internships.

About the course

The UWA Doctor of Medicine (MD) aims to produce graduates committed to the wellbeing of the patient, community and society as responsible, accountable, scholarly, capable and caring doctors.
Doctor of Medicine

Quick details

Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • January
Weekly contact time
  • There will be approximately 20 hours per week of face-to-face contact time, in addition to at least 20 hours per week of personal study and completion of online modules. Each academic year is 42 weeks long.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 91850
CRICOS code
  • 089788A
Doctor of Medicine
Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • January
Weekly contact time
  • There will be approximately 20 hours per week of face-to-face contact time, in addition to at least 20 hours per week of personal study and completion of online modules. Each academic year is 42 weeks long.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 91850
CRICOS code
  • 089788A
Full time/part time duration
  • 4 years
Doctor of Medicine

Important dates

Intake Periods
  • January
Application Open
Application Close
  • Domestic school leaver applications close end of September in line with TISC timelines.
  • International school leaver applications have closed for 2024 commencement. Applications for 2025 commencement close 30 June 2024.
  • Graduate applications for domestic students close end May in line with GEMSAS application timelines.
  • Graduate applications for international students have closed for 2024 commencement. Applications for 2025 commencement close 30 April 2024, with a second application round closing 30 June 2024.

Refer to Admissions Requirements for information on eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Course structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Year 1
Students who have not completed the Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Placement Major MJD-IMSCP must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 48 points from this group, as advised by the School(s):
Year 2
Take all units (48 points):
Year 3
Integrated Medical Practice Units. Students take Group 3A except for students electing:
(a) Aboriginal Health specialisation or Rural Clinical School -- take Group 3B
(b) electing Rural Health specialisation—take either Group 3A or 3B.

Scholarly activity units: Students:
(a) electing Aboriginal Health specialisation - take Group 3C

(b) electing Rural Health specialisation—take either Group 3D or 3E
(c) electing Rural Clinical School -- take Group 3F, 3G, 3H or 3I
(d)not electing (a), (b), or (c) —take Group 3F, 3G, 3H or 3I.
Take Integrated Medical Practice units according to the year 3 rule:
Take Integrated Medical Practice units according to the Year 3 rule:
Take units according to the Year 3 Scholarly Activity unit rule:
Take units according to the Year 3 Scholarly Activity unit rule:
Take units according to the Year 3 Scholarly Activity unit rule:
Take units according to the Year 3 Scholarly Activity unit rule:
Take units according to the Year 3 Scholarly Activity unit rule:
Take units according to the Year 3 Scholarly Activity unit rule:
Take units according to the Year 3 Scholarly Activity unit rule:
Year 4
Scholarly Activity Units. Take 6 points from Group 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E or 4F in line with units taken in year 3.
Take all units (42 points):
Take all units (42 points):
Take one unit from Group 4A:
Take units according to the Year 4 Scholarly Activity unit rule:
Take units according to the Year 4 Scholarly Activity unit rule:
Take units according to the Year 4 Scholarly Activity unit rule:
Take units according to the Year 4 Scholarly Activity unit rule:
Take units according to the Year 4 Scholarly Activity unit rule:

Doctor of Medicine six core themes

The course is structured around six core themes:

  • Professional
  • Leader
  • Advocate
  • Clinician
  • Educator
  • Scholar

Six core theme in the Doctor of Medicine: Professional, Leader, Advocate, Clinician, Educator, Scholar

Course Accreditation

 

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is accredited by The Australian Medical Council as a course recognised for medical pre-registration in Australia.

Clinician Student Professional Development and Mentoring Program

UWA is the only Australian Medical School to have a longitudinal mentoring program whereby all medical students have a clinical mentor involved in students’ professional development for the duration of the course.

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Yogesh Jeelall

Becoming a doctor

There are four steps to becoming a specialist doctor.

Diagram illustrating the four steps to becoming a specialist doctor. Bachelor degree (3-four years), Doctor of Medicine (3-4 years), Junior hospital doctor (2-3 years), Specialist training (3-5 years)

International Student Story

International Student Story
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HEAR FROM A GRADUATING STUDENT

Doctor of Medicine graduate Catherine Nguyen