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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Student Central

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

Telephone

(+61 8) 6488 3940

International

1800 653 050

Frequently asked questions

Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level with a postgraduate degree and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

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
This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

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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. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate - fee paying students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
192
Total Course Fee - 2020
$318,801.00
Domestic Fees

Postgraduate – Commonwealth supported students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
192
Average Annual Fee - 2020
$9,094.47
Typical Fee Range - 2020
$6,684.00 - $11,155.00

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 Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
192
Total Course Fee - 2019
$312,400.00
Total Course Fee - 2020
$318,800.00

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.

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Domestic school leaver

You are a domestic school leaver if you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, and recently completed Year 12 studies.

View the application information for medicine or dentistry.

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International school leaver

You are an international school leaver if you have recently completed Yr 12 studies or equivalent and are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen. 

View the application information for medicine or dentistry.

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University graduate

You are graduate applicant if you have a bachelor’s degree or are in progress of your first bachelor’s degree.

View the domestic and international application information for medicine or dentistry.

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How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

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 for them 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 2020
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
  • 90850
CRICOS code
  • 089788A
Doctor of Medicine
Status
  • Available 2020
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
  • 90850
CRICOS code
  • 089788A
Full time/part time duration
  • 4 years
Degrees course is available in
  • Doctor of Medicine

Course Structure

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

Doctor of Medicine

Application deadlines

For January 2021 entry, applications open 1 March 2020 and close 31 May 2020.

Domestic students can apply through GEMSAS.

Doctor of Medicine

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

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.

The UWA MD Professional Development and Mentoring (PDM) program forms part of our clinician student mentoring program. 

Doctors work in privileged positions, hold serious responsibilities and face many challenges. Graduates need to know how to diagnose and treat illnesses, and medical students need to graduate with the professional skills that are required as an intern and beyond.

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.

All students are paired with experienced clinician mentors and keep this relationship throughout the course. This provides a longitudinal mentorship experience until students finish their course. Students learn the importance of mentorship, and can discuss their future career paths, and any professional and ethical issues they have encountered, as well as any discipline-specific issues (depending on the discipline area of the mentor).

The graduate outcomes related to ‘professionalism’ are: 
Professional attitudes and behaviour
Self-care
Medical ethics
Medical law governance

The outcomes are assessed using a variety of methods throughout the course. The PDM program across the course consists of:
Mentoring with an experienced clinician
Seminars
ePortfolio tasks
A case-based ethics essay

Course Accreditation

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

Yogesh Jeelall

Student Experience
Yogesh Jeelall
Undergraduate Admissions Test Information

Changing admissions test for undergraduate entry into medicine in 2019

For students intending to apply in 2019 for 2020 into the Direct Pathway to the Doctor of Medicine, the test is changing. 

From 2019, for entry into 2020, all applicants to the domestic High Academic Achievement, Rural and Broadway School Leaver Pathways to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) must sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). UCAT ANZ replaces UMAT.

Undergraduate Admissions Test Information

For students intending to apply in 2019 for 2020 into the Direct Pathway to the Doctor of Medicine, the test is changing. 

From 2019, for entry into 2020, all applicants to the domestic High Academic Achievement, Rural and Broadway School Leaver Pathways to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) must sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). UCAT ANZ replaces UMAT.

UCAT ANZ assesses a range of abilities identified as important by university medical and dental schools for success in their programmes or courses, and later as clinician. 

The UCAT ANZ is a 2-hour computer-based test. Candidates will sit the test at Pearson VUE test centres located in Australia, New Zealand and some overseas centres. Full details of all available test centre locations will be published on the UCAT ANZ website when registrations opens in March 2019. 

The first sittings of the UCAT ANZ will take place in July 2019. The UCAT ANZ will be offered on a choice of dates throughout the month of July, rather than on one single date.

To sit the test during 2019 you will need to register for UCAT ANZ between 1 March and 16 May 2019 and book a test date, time and location for July 2019.

Details of the test format, including how to register, are available on the UCAT ANZ website.

Free, comprehensive preparation materials, including an online guide, tutorials, question banks and practice tests will be available on the UCAT ANZ website in early 2019.

All resources contained on the UCAT ANZ website are FREE. Candidates should be aware that whilst there are many commercial companies publishing books and offering coaching for the test (currently known in the UK as the UKCAT), ACER does not provide additional information to any of these companies or endorse the use of their materials.

For more information, see the UCAT ANZ website: ucatofficial.com.

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)

This is a four-year program for entry to professional practice as a medical doctor.

The outcomes, content and teaching are based on the 6 PLACES themes of the program—a medical graduate will have the following roles as a doctor: professional, leader, advocate, clinician, educator and scholar. Graduates are eligible to apply for internships as a pre-registration medical practitioner. The Australian Medical Association provides more information on career pathways after graduation.

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)

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Doctor of Medicine graduate Catherine Nguyen

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