Assured Pathway entry to Medicine and Dental Medicine for international students

This page is for international school leaver applicants to the Assured Pathway to the Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Dental Medicine. If you are not an international or school leaver applicant, view other application requirements.

School leavers may be eligible to apply for an Assured Pathway to Medicine or an Assured Pathway to Dentistry. Entry is on a competitive basis, with places being offered to the highest-ranking applicants. To be considered for a place, applicants must meet minimum eligibility requirements and must not have commenced any tertiary studies, including university degree studies or vocational training at diploma level or above. 

Successful applicants who gain an Assured Pathway place will commence UWA undergraduate studies and progress to their postgraduate degree without the need to sit a graduate admissions test or undergo further interviews. An International Assured Pathway place in the postgraduate MD or DMD is conditional on:

  • successful completion of a UWA bachelor’s degree with a minimum Faculty Grade Point Average (FGPA) of 5.5; and
  • retention of international student status.

International Assured Pathway students will first complete a UWA Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Arts, Commerce or Science. Students who wish to undertake an Assured Pathway via the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent) to be considered.

Applicants should ensure their application preferences reflect their true career aspirations. A course offer for an Assured Pathway to Dentistry or an Assured Pathway to Medicine is specific to that course and cannot be transferred from one to the other.  Assured Pathway students may apply for graduate entry into a different postgraduate course should their career aspirations change. 

International entry requirements

Entry into the Assured Pathway is competitive. Applicants will be ranked according to their academic performance, admissions test and interview score*, with the highest-ranking applicants being offered a place. 

Details regarding eligibility requirements, application timelines and the selection process are below. 

*Interview arrangements for the 2021-2022 admissions period are under review due to continuing COVID19 related travel restrictions.

Application timelines and due dates
  • International applications for the Assured Pathway into Medicine and the Assured Pathway into Dentistry open 1 March and close 31 May the year prior to commencement.
  • Applications are via UWA’s online application system. International students may also apply via an authorised international education agent.  (Agents please note that the International Supplementary form is no longer required.)
  • Applicants who do not yet have their final results must submit a Predicted ATAR form.
  • Applicants should use their name as it appears on their passport when submitting their application and when registering for the ISAT.
  • Applicants must register for and sit the ISAT prior to 31 May the year prior to commencement.  The ISAT ID should be entered where indicated in the online application.
  • Late applications will not be considered.

Interview period

Due to COVID19 disruptions the usual interview process for International students is under review.  Applicants will be provided with more information as it becomes available.

Course offers, commencement and deferral

  • Course offers are planned to take place from late August and continue until all places are filled. 
  • Applicants who attain a place in the Assured Pathway to Medicine or Dentistry will commence their UWA bachelor’s degree in Semester 1 (late February).
  • Applicants who are offered an International Assured Pathway to Medicine or Dentistry may be eligible to defer commencement for one year. Students who are required to fulfil a national service obligation may defer for up to two years.
  • An offer for an Assured Pathway is specific to either Medicine or Dentistry and cannot be transferred.
Minimum ATAR of 96 or equivalent
A-Levels 14
  • Applicants who will not receive their final A-Level result may receive an offer with the condition that their final result is consistent with their predicted result.
  • Applicants with a conditional offer may commence in their undergraduate degree in February (before their A-level results are released in March). If their final result does not meet the condition, the applicant will lose their Assured Pathway place but would be able to continue in their bachelor’s degree and apply later for graduate entry to the MD or DMD.
 
International Baccalaureate
35-36 depending on Maths Bonus.
 
Other overseas qualifications

Check our page for more information on international qualifications.

Applicants who will not have their final results by 31 May can apply based on a predicted result provided by their school. Course offers will be conditional on the actual result being consistent with the predicted result.

International school leaver status

Assured Pathways are exclusive to school leaver applicants, that is, completing or recently completed Australian year 12 or equivalent, or undertaking a national service obligation directly following school completion, and have not commenced in university studies or vocational training at AQF diploma level or above.

  • Applicants must have international student status. That is, applicants who have 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. Applicants who have commenced in tertiary studies may apply via Graduate Entry.
  • Assured Pathways are not available via Mature Age Entry. Mature Age applicants may work towards Graduate Entry.  (Students who will technically reach Mature Age status while in progress of a national service obligation will be considered as school leaver applicants.)
International Student Admissions Test (ISAT)
  • International students who plan to apply for an Assured Pathway to the MD or an Assured Pathway to the DMD must sit the International Student Admissions Test (ISAT) before the application closing date of 31 May. 
  • Applicants must provide their ISAT registration number as part of their application.
  • To be eligible for consideration, applicants must meet or exceed the 25th percentile in each section of the test. 
  • When registering for ISAT, applicants should use their name as shown on their passport.
  • ISAT scores are valid for two years, and applicants may sit the test once within a 12-month period. For applicants who have more than one valid result, the higher score will be used (not necessarily the most recent score).
  • Refer to ISAT information provided by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) including preparation strategies, registration, test dates and test venues.
  • As the test measures skills acquired over a period of time rather than particular subject knowledge, we recommend applicants prepare for the ISAT using the sample questions provided on the official ISAT website. Reading widely and engaging critically with written material will also help to improve speed of reading comprehension and analytical skills.
  • UWA does not endorse third party preparation courses, including those held on University premises. 
 
English language competency requirement
All Direct Pathway applicants are required to meet the standard English language competency level for The University of Western Australia.
Eyesight requirements – DMD only
Applicants are recommended to have an eye examination to determine if they have any vision defects which will interfere with their ability to practise as a dentist. Students must meet these visual requirements. Vision defects that can be corrected, such as by the wearing of glasses, should be done so prior to enrolment. Colour blindness may affect the ability to become a dentist and it is strongly advised that affected applicants seek advice from an ophthalmologist.
Inherent requirements – MD only
Students who aspire to pursue medicine as a career should review the inherent requirements [PDF, 156KB].
Interview
Due to continuing COVID19 disruptions, the International interview process for the 2021-2022 admissions period is under review.  Applicants will be provided with more information as it becomes available.
Final ranking and availability of places
  • Final ranking will be based on ATAR or equivalent, interview and ISAT score weighted 2:2:1.
  • About 20 places will be offered for the Direct Pathway into the MD.
  • About four places will be offered for the Direct Pathway into the DMD.
Prerequisite and recommended subjects

Direct Pathway students must complete a UWA bachelor’s degree before commencing the MD or DMD. In addition to English language competency requirements, there may be other prerequisites depending on the chosen major. In most cases, students who have not undertaken prerequisite subjects may undertake bridging units as part of their bachelor’s degree studies.

The following ATAR or equivalent subjects are recommended, or may be taken as Level 1 university units:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology or Human Biology 
  • Maths Applications or higher
  • Physics

Students who plan to apply for a Direct Pathway into Medicine or Dentistry should prioritise getting the highest possible marks rather than particular subjects.

Course structure and curriculum

Direct Pathway students will undertake a UWA bachelor’s degree of their choice before progressing to the MD or DMD. The most popular option is to undertake the Bachelor of Biomedical Science. On completion of their bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 5.5 Direct Pathway students will progress into the Doctor of Medicine or the Doctor of Dental Medicine. Direct Pathway students are eligible for a 3+3 option. The minimum period to complete both degrees is six years.

Students on a Direct Pathway may choose to undertake any UWA bachelor’s degree. This provides our students with the opportunity to build a unique skill set that will suit their interests and support their long-term career goals. Students who have an interest in research may like to undertake an honours year before proceeding to their postgraduate professional studies. Students who undertake an honours year, including those enrolled in the Bachelor of Philosophy, will take a minimum of seven years to complete both degrees.

Students choose a major from the degree-specific majors and may choose to add a second major from any field. This allows students to combine diverse interests for a unique degree. A student who has an interest in global health management may like to major in Population Health along with Political Science and International Relations. Students with an interest in public health promotion may combine a Biomedical Science major with Science Communication or Communication and Media Studies. Students who aspire to run their own practice may like to incorporate a major from the Bachelor of Commerce to build their business skills.

Students on a Direct Pathway are not required to sit the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) in order to take up their place in the MD or DMD.  In order to be fully prepared for their postgraduate studies, Direct Pathway students may like to incorporate chemistry, biology and physics units into their UWA bachelor’s degree as major, complementary, elective or broadening units.

Guaranteed college accommodation

Successful international applicants for the Direct Pathway to Medicine or the Direct Pathway to Dental Medicine may opt to take up guaranteed accommodation at University Hall. Students are recommended to stay in one of the colleges for at least the first year of their studies. The college experience provides opportunities to interact with peers, senior students and University staff in a collegiate environment, with access to an array of academic, cultural and social programs. There are other housing options to explore, including Perth city student accommodation and a housing database. 

Changes to citizenship or residency status

If you have applied or are intending to apply for Australian Permanent Residency or Citizenship, be aware of the following implications for your application:

  • If you receive an offer for an international place and there is a change to your residency status before you commence, your offer will lapse. You will need to re-apply for a domestic place.
  • If your residency status will change before the TISC Medicine and Dentistry application deadline (late September), refer to information regarding domestic applications for the Direct Pathway to Medicine/Dentistry.
  • Should you receive an offer and commence in the Direct Pathway as an international student and your residency status changes while in progress of your bachelor’s degree, you will lose your assured international place in your postgraduate professional course. You can complete your UWA bachelor’s degree as a domestic student and apply via graduate entry for a domestic place in your chosen professional postgraduate degree. Refer to information regarding graduate entry into Medicine and Dentistry.
  • If your residency status changes after you have commenced in the MD or DMD, you cannot be guaranteed a domestic place in that course. If a domestic place were not available, you would be able to complete the course but would be subject to international fees.
Internship and registration for medical practitioners

Registration upon completion: Doctor of Medicine

On completion of the MD, graduates will have both an undergraduate and a postgraduate degree ensuring they have a well-rounded skill set as well as the specialist skills needed in their professional career.

For registration as a medical practitioner in Australia, all graduates are required to complete a pre-registration internship in an approved hospital, followed by a period of specialist training (e.g. surgeon, general practitioner). Doctors may undertake further specialist training after registering as a medical practitioner (e.g. psychiatry, neurology). The Australian Medical Association provides information regarding the registration process.

Priority for internships is given to graduates who are Australian citizens or permanent residents. The Department of Health has advised that due to an increase in Australian medical graduates, it is likely there will be limited internship opportunities for international graduates. As per previous years, international graduates who wish to undertake internship in Australia are only accommodated if sufficient intern places are available. International graduates may also look into requirements to undertake internships in their home country.

Graduates who did not complete the majority of their education in English in a recognised country may be subject to additional English Language requirements for registration. For further information, refer to the Medical Board.

Section 19AB limits Medicare access for Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs) and Foreign Graduates of an Accredited Medical School (FGAMS) who became permanent Australian residents or citizens on or after 1 January 1997.  

Refer to the Australian Department of Health for information regarding registration to practice medicine in Australia.

Registration for dental practitioners

Registration upon completion: Doctor of Dental Medicine

On completion of the DMD, graduates will have both an undergraduate and a postgraduate degree ensuring they have a well-rounded skill set as well as the specialist skills needed in their professional career.

On successful completion of the DMD, graduates will be able to register with the Dental Board of Australia, or with overseas Dental Boards with reciprocal arrangements, and enter the profession immediately. Registered Dentists may choose to later undertake further specialist training (e.g. orthodontics, oral pathology).

Graduates who did not complete the majority of their education in English in a recognised country may be subject to additional English Language requirements for registration. Refer to the Dental Board of Australia for information regarding registration to practice dentistry in Australia.