Graduate entry to Medicine and Dentistry

This page is for graduate entry for domestic and international applicants to Medicine or Dentistry. If you are a school leaver and have not commenced tertiary studies, please refer to Assured Pathway application requirements.

Bachelor degree holders or students who are in their first bachelor’s degree may be eligible to apply for graduate entry into the Doctor of Medicine (MD) or the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). Students who are in progress of their first bachelor’s degree may apply during their final year, with any course offer being conditional on completion of all bachelor’s degree requirements by 31 December of the application year.

Graduate entry into the MD and DMD is a competitive process based on GPA, GAMSAT (or equivalent) score and an interview process. Places are limited and are awarded to the highest-ranking applicants.

Eligibility requirements

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

  • a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA. Recognised bachelor’s degrees are those conferred by Australian universities or higher education institutions recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework or the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR). While academic results from postgraduate study will be taken into account, postgraduate studies undertaken without a bachelor’s degree cannot be accepted as an equivalent qualification
  • the equivalent of HMS Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.5, and
  • a Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) overall score of at least 55 for the MD, 50 for the DMD and no section score less than 50 for domestic applicants.

International applicants for the MD or DMD may sit the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in place of the GAMSAT and require an overall minimum MCAT score of 492 with no section under 123, or a minimum GAMSAT score of 50 with no section under 50.  International applicants for the DMD may submit Canadian or American Dental Association Dental Admissions Test results (DAT/CDAT). Refer to information below regarding Graduate Admissions Tests for further details.

Applicants are initially ranked according to GPA and GAMSAT/MCAT/DAT (equally weighted), with the highest-ranking applicants being offered an interview.  Due to COVID19 disruptions the usual interview process for International students is under review.  Applicants will be provided with updated information as it becomes available.

After the interviews, candidates will be ranked by GPA, GAMSAT/MCAT/DAT and interview score (equally weighted), with the highest-ranking applicants being offered a place. Rural applicants will be ranked based on GAMSAT, GPA interview and rurality rating (equally weighted).

Please refer to the information below for details regarding the admissions and selection process.  The HMS Admissions team will be happy to assist with any further queries.

Application timelines and due dates

Application deadlines

  • For domestic students, including Rural eligible applicants, graduate applications for the Doctor of Medicine are via GEMSAS. Domestic applications for entry to the MD will open and close in line with the GEMSAS timeline.
  • Domestic applications for the Doctor of Dental Medicine open on 1 March and close on 31 May the year prior to commencement. Applications are via UWA’s online application system
  • Applicants who may be eligible to apply via an Indigenous pathway should contact the Faculty Admissions team or the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health (CAMDH) regarding this pathway.
  • Applicants who may be eligible to apply as a Rural applicant for the Doctor of Dental Medicine should submit the Graduate Rural Eligibility form to the Faculty Admissions Team by the application closing date.  
  • International applications for the Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Medicine open on 1 March and close on 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.)

Submission of GAMSAT/MCAT/DAT scores

All domestic applicants to the MD and DMD require a valid GAMSAT score.

International applicants to the MD and DMD may submit a GAMSAT or MCAT score. International applicants to the DMD may submit a DAT or CDAT score. 

For details regarding validity periods and information for applicants impacted by COVID19 disruptions, please refer to the above heading Graduate Admissions Test for Medicine and Dentistry (GAMSAT/MCAT/DAT).

Applicants who hold more than one valid admissions test score may choose to use their best score in support of their application (not necessarily the most recent).

Interview periods

  • Interviews for domestic applicants will take place in Perth during late September.  Candidates will be notified if changes are required due to COVID19 disruptions.
  • Interviews for international applicants - arrangements are under review due to COVID19 disruptions.
  • Applicants who are eligible for Indigenous entry should contact the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health (CAMDH) regarding interview timelines for the current admissions period.

Course offers, commencement and deferral

  • For international applicants, offers for the MD and DMD usually commence late August/early September, however there may be delays due to COVID19 disruptions.  Offers are on a rolling basis and continue until all places are filled.
  • For domestic applicants, offers for the MD and DMD will commence during November. MD offer rounds will be according to the GEMSAS timeline. Timing of DMD subsequent round offers will depend on the outcome of previous rounds.
  • The MD and DMD courses commence late January.
  • Applicants should consider their personal circumstances and apply for the MD and DMD in an admissions period where they are prepared to commence should they receive an offer:
    • An offer for a place in the MD cannot be deferred; if an applicant cannot commence, their offer will lapse and they must re-apply and compete for a place in a later admissions period.
    • An offer for a place in the DMD cannot be deferred; if an applicant cannot commence, their offer will lapse and they must re-apply and compete for a place in a later admissions period.

Eligibility criteria

Domestic
Australian citizens (including dual citizenship holders), permanent residents and New Zealand citizens must apply for a domestic place.

Rural (Domestic)
The Rural program is part of a Federal Government initiative to address rural and remote areas of workforce shortage in allied healthcare. To be eligible, an applicant’s principal home address must have been in an Australian Statistical Geographic Standard Remoteness Area (ASGS-RA) 2-5 (2016) for any five years consecutively or at least 10 years cumulatively. A search engine for towns in areas can be found on the DoctorConnect website - click on ASGS Remoteness Areas 2016. 

Graduate applicants for the DMD, DPM, DOpt and/or MPharm who believe they fit the rural definition must submit the Graduate Rural Eligibility form (PDF 240KB) in order to be considered for a rural place.  Domestic MD applicants will indicate their eligibility via GEMSAS. Contact the HMS Admissions team for further information. 

Indigenous (Domestic)
Applicants who identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and are accepted as such by the community in which they live, or have lived, are eligible for consideration as an Indigenous applicant. Applicants must provide a person or organisation who can verify their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status. Applicants should contact the HMS Admissions team or the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health (CAMDH) for information regarding this pathway.

International
Applicants who are not Australian citizens, permanent residents or New Zealand citizens, must apply for an international place. International students who have applied or are intending to apply for Australian permanent residency or citizenship need to be aware of the following:

  • An offer for an international place will lapse if the applicant’s residency status changes before commencement. Applicants in this situation will need to re-apply during the next admissions period for a domestic place.
  • A student whose residency status changes after commencement cannot be guaranteed a domestic place in a course subject to quotas.
Quotas
  • MD Domestic – Around 63 places including Bonded Medical Places (BMPs) are available. Thirty per cent of domestic places will be allocated to eligible rural students and up to 10 per cent of places are available to applicants eligible for Indigenous pathways.
  • MD International – Around eight places.
  • DMD Domestic – Up to 30 places. Ten per cent of domestic places will be allocated to eligible rural students and a small number of places are available to applicants eligible for Indigenous pathways.
  • DMD International – About three places.
Graduate Admissions Test for Medicine and Dentistry (GAMSAT/MCAT/DAT)

GAMSAT

Domestic applicants for the MD or the DMD must submit a valid GAMSAT score. GAMSAT scores are valid for two years and must be valid as at the closing date of applications. Information regarding testing dates and locations is available on the GAMSAT website.

There are three sections to the test: Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences; Written Communication; and Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences. The third section assumes knowledge equivalent to at least first-year university-level chemistry and biology, and A-level/Leaving Certificate/Year 12 physics. View information regarding GAMSAT preparation strategy on their website. Further information regarding GAMSAT preparation can be found below under prerequisites/recommended prior study.

GAMSAT minimum requirements

  • Domestic MD: overall score of 55 with no section under 50
  • Domestic DMD: overall score of 50 with no section under 50
  • International MD and DMD: overall score of 50 with no section under 50

MCAT

International graduate applicants to the MD and/or DMD may submit an MCAT result in place of GAMSAT. The MCAT is a standardised, multiple‐choice examination designed to assess the examinee's problem solving, critical thinking and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to health studies including verbal reasoning, physical sciences and biological sciences. Information on the test including preparation strategies can be found on the MCAT website.

MCAT scores are valid for two years and the test must be sat before the application closing date. Applicants who do not yet have their result may submit their application with their MCAT ID and provide the result by or soon after the 31 May application closing date.  (Current applicants please contact the HMS Admissions team with any queries regarding MCAT validity for 2022 commencement.)

MCAT minimum requirements: 

  • International MD and DMD: overall score of 492 with no section under 123

DAT

International applicants for the DMD may submit results from Canadian or American Dental Association Dental Admissions Test (CDAT/DAT). Results must be valid as at the application closing date*. Due to the availability of test dates, results may be valid for slightly longer than two years. Contact the Faculty Admissions team for advice.

(Current applicants please contact the HMS Admissions team with any queries regarding DAT validity for 2022 commencement.)

Grade Point Average (GPA) - calculation method

Details regarding the Health & Medical Sciences Selection GPA (HMS GPA) calculation method are available on the GEMSAS website and should be considered alongside information below regarding UWA’s HMS GPA calculation method.

HMS GPA calculation method

  • Applicants must show they have achieved the course-specific minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) in order to be considered.
  • Each year is weighted equally: ("GPA most recent year" + "GPA 2nd most recent year" + "GPA 3rd most recent year")/3.
  • No preference or scaling is given to particular universities or fields of study.
  • Special consideration cannot be granted as part of the admissions process. GPA will be calculated from an applicant's results as they appear on their transcript.
  • The HMS GPA as calculated by UWA may differ to that calculated according to the GEMSAS instructions.

What is included in the HMS GPA calculation

UWA's HMS GPA is calculated from university study undertaken in the most recent three years. A full time equivalent (FTE) will be calculated for students who have studied part time or overloaded. As an example, three years of full-time or equivalent study at UWA is 144 credit points, at Curtin it is 600 credit points, at ECU it is 360 credit points, at Murdoch it is 72 credit points.

The calculation is from units taken in chronological order, regardless of exemptions, credit or advanced standing which may have been applied to the most recent degree.

The HMS GPA calculation includes recognised bachelor’s, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master’s by coursework, completed honours, completed master's by research and completed PhD levels of study. Note that in order for honours or other research degree studies to be included in the HMS GPA calculation, it must be completed by the end of semester one of the application year. See information below regarding the treatment of research degree studies.

Recognised degrees are those conferred by Australian or overseas universities or higher education institutions recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), or the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR).

Domestic MD applicants who have undertaken additional study (whether postgraduate or additional bachelor level study) should indicate this on the GEMSAS application (when prompted to by the application questions). All other applicants should indicate this on their UWA application form and provide transcripts for studies not undertaken at UWA.

Accelerated degrees and conversion courses

UWA will accept recognised two-year accelerated bachelor’s degrees and one-year conversion degrees for the purpose of graduate admission into Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatric Medicine, Pharmacy and Optometry. Applicants who are in progress of a one-year conversion degree must complete that course before applying, unless they also hold a previously completed bachelor’s degree.

Postgraduate degrees by research

Applicants with a completed PhD at time of application will be awarded a HMS GPA of 7.0. Applicants with a completed master’s by research at time of application will be awarded a bonus of 0.2 to be added to their overall HMS GPA. Incomplete honours, master’s by research and PhDs are not considered in the HMS GPA calculation. In order to be included, all research degree requirements must be met by semester one of the application year.

Applicants who only hold higher degrees

All applicants require a recognised bachelor’s degree for graduate entry into UWA’s MD, DMD, DPM and MPharm. Applicants who have completed a higher degree but have not completed a recognised bachelor’s degree will not be eligible for consideration.

COVID19 - Treatment of Results from Semester 1 2020

Due to COVID19 disruptions in the first half of 2020, some universities have given students the option to have their results shown as either a graded result or as an ungraded pass/fail, while some universities have elected to issue only ungraded pass/fail results. 

Due to this disparity, all results obtained from studies undertaken during Semester 1 2020, and concurrent non-standard study periods, will be treated as ungraded pass/fail in the HMS GPA calculation (more information regarding treatment of ungraded pass/fail results is shown below).  This does not apply to Summer units completed during January 2020, Semester 2 2020 or concurrent non-standard study periods. 

This decision has been taken so as not to unfairly disadvantage applicants whose institutions did not provide the option for a graded result.

Ungraded passes

The credit value/unit weighting of ungraded passes will count towards the three years of FTE study; however, the result itself is left out of the calculation. For example, if a student has 0.125 FTE of ungraded pass in a particular year, that year's HMS GPA will be based on 0.875 FTE of results. The exception is where an applicant has more than one year or FTE of ungraded passes within their most recent three years FTE. In this instance, the calculation will include results from older study where available.

Ungraded fails

Both the result and credit value/weighting of ungraded fails are included in the HMS GPA calculation. An ungraded fail will confer a GPA result of 0 for that unit.

Minimal results in the current year of study

Where an applicant has 0.25 FTE (or less) of results for their final HMS GPA year, the calculation will include older study. Where no older study is available, the HMS GPA will be calculated from only the GPA 2nd most recent and GPA 3rd most recent years. Where there has been no older study, and if an applicant is made an offer, it will be conditional upon their performance in all enrolled units which had been incomplete during the application year (see information below about conditional offers).

Exchange studies

The HMS GPA calculation will use the results that appear on the home university’s transcript. In most cases, such studies are shown as an ungraded pass or an ungraded fail. If an applicant has ungraded pass/fail units amounting to more than one year FTE of their most recent three FTE years of study, the HMS Admission team may require the applicant to provide the host university's actual graded results.

Credit/Exemptions/Advanced Standing

The HMS GPA is calculated from units that an applicant has undertaken in the most recent three years FTE, regardless of credit/exemptions/advanced standing units which have been applied to the most recent degree. For example, if an applicant previously completed 1.5 years FTE, and then transferred into a different degree with credit/exemption/advanced standing applied for 1 years FTE, and has since then completed a further 1.5 years FTE in the new degree, the most chronologically recent 1.5 years FTE from the previous recognised degree studies will be included in the calculation. This will include any Fail results which fall within the most recent 3 years FTE.

Repeated units/subjects

Applicants who successfully complete a unit and subsequently repeat the same unit (or an equivalent unit) will not have the repeated unit included in their HMS GPA calculation, whether or not the unit was taken as part of degree studies. If the applicant has repeated a unit due to failing the first time, then the standard HMS GPA rules apply. That is, all units completed within the most recent three years of valid full time or equivalent study will be included in the calculation, including the fail result if it falls within the most recent three years FTE.

Not for degree studies

Results from individual units which are not taken as part of a degree are not included in the HMS GPA calculation, excepting where not-for-degree study constitutes more than 0.5 year of FTE study.

As an example, where an applicant's study includes 4 Access UWA undergraduate units within the most recent three years, these would not be included as the 4 units are equivalent to 0.5 year of FTE study. If 5 Access UWA undergraduate units have been undertaken within the most recent three years or full-time equivalent, these would be included in the HMS GPA calculation, as this exceeds 0.5 years of FTE study.

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].
English language competency requirement

To fulfil the English Language Competency requirement applicants must have:

  • Completed 2+ years or full time equivalent tertiary study in English only at an institution in Australia, the United Kingdom, the USA, Ireland, Canada (except Quebec), and New Zealand; OR
  • IELTS Academic with overall score of 7.0 and no band less than 7.0 (IELTS Indicator will be accepted during the 2020-2021 admissions period):
    • from one test sitting; or
    • a maximum of two test sittings within a six month period only if:
      • a minimum overall score of 7.0 is achieved in each sitting; and
      • a minimum score of 7.0 in each band across the two sittings; and
      • no score below 6.5 in any band.

Applicants who have completed English A-Levels in Singapore are required to submit a IELTS result. ELC requirements must be met by the application closing date.

 
Prerequisites and recommended prior study

Applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree before commencing the MD or DMD. There are no preferred bachelor’s courses or specific prerequisites; however, there are recommended subjects in order to best prepare for the GAMSAT or MCAT.

Be aware that UWA does not endorse third party GAMSAT preparation courses or materials, including third party courses which may be held on UWA premises.  It is advisable to instead build knowledge through university studies. 

Recommended prior study

It is recommended that applicants have undertaken at least:

  • Physics to Year 12 ATAR level (or equivalent)
  • Chemistry to first-year university level (including completion of Year 12 level chemistry)
  • Biology or Human Biology at first-year university level

These subjects are not prerequisite; however, completion of these subjects will help prepare applicants for Medicine or Dentistry studies, as well as for the GAMSAT. Refer to the GAMSAT website for further information regarding preparation strategy.

Recommended UWA units

These units may be incorporated into any UWA bachelor’s degree as major, elective or broadening units. Note these are recommendations and options; it is not a requirement to undertake every listed unit.  Some units have prerequisites – refer to the linked unit details. The unit details will also help you compare your own academic background if you have not studied at UWA.

Biology

ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human 
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human 
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology 
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology 
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell

Chemistry

CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics 
CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity 
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry (required for students who have not completed ATAR Chemistry or equivalent)
CHEM1004 Biological Chemistry

Physics (for those without ATAR Physics)

PHYS1021 Applied Physics A 
PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit

Interviews
  • Applicants will be shortlisted for an interview based on their GAMSAT or equivalent score and GPA. 
  • The interview allows applicants to display some of the personal qualities considered desirable in medical and dental practitioners, and increase their competitiveness for a place. 
  • Approximately two to three candidates are interviewed for every dental place and approximately one to two candidates are interviewed for every graduate medicine place.
  • Shortlisted applicants are notified one to two weeks prior to the interview by email.
  • Applicants who accept their interview will be provided with detailed interview information and preparation material prior to the interview.
  • Due to COVID19 disruptions the usual interview process for International students is under review. International applicants will be provided with more information as it becomes available. 
  • Domestic applicants will be kept informed should changes become necessary due to COVID19 restrictions.

Timing

  • Interviews for domestic graduate applicants are held in Perth during late September.  Applicants will be notified should changes to the process be required due to COVID19 disruptions.
  • Domestic candidates should allow two-and-a-half hours, including registration, preparation and the actual interview process.
  • Applicants are required to attend their interview in person within their given interview period and are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements. 
  • Interviews for international graduate applicants are held in Perth and specified overseas locations during July and early August (venues subject to availability).  Due to COVID19 disruptions the usual interview process for International students is under review.  Applicants will be provided with more information when it becomes available.

The interview process

Domestic medicine and dentistry applicants are interviewed in the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format. The MMI is an interview process that was developed at McMaster University in Canada and is now used by many Australian and international medical schools. 
The UWA MMI model consists of eight stations. An 11-minute time period is allocated to each station, consisting of three minutes' preparation and eight minutes for responding. Five of the stations will consist of sets of questions, based on a preamble/scenario presented in the three-minute preparation time. The remaining stations are for the Graduate Presentation Exercise, Graduate Presentation Preparation and a rest station. 

International applicants will be interviewed by a panel comprising two University representatives.

The usual process on the day is as follows:

1. Registration including statement of confidentiality.
2. Interview pre-reading. 
3. Preparation for the Graduate Presentation Exercise (domestic applicants). This is a presentation on a topic provided on the day.
4. Undertake the interview. All applicants will be asked exactly the same questions in exactly the same manner.

Applicants who qualify for an interview for graduate entry into both Medicine and Dentistry, will be interviewed based on their higher preference. 

What to bring and wear

  • Photographic ID – passport/driver’s licence/school card 
  • Mobile phones and other personal effects cannot be carried throughout the interview and will be placed in a secure location. Interviewees may prefer to leave such items at home.
  • Interviewees may carry bottled water and a jacket or cardigan throughout the interview.
  • Dress as if attending a job interview – clothes that feel comfortable and look smart. Layers are advisable in case the venue is cool or warm. 
  • Interviewees should not wear any uniform, accessories or badge that identifies membership of a particular organisation. This is to avoid the perception that bias has entered the selection process.

Confidentiality

Interviewees will be asked to sign a statement of confidentiality as part of the registration process, indicating their agreement not to disclose information about the interview. 

UWA staff, student helpers and interviewers will not disclose information regarding an applicant’s interview, responses or performance, including to other UWA staff or the applicant’s family. Information from the interview is not placed on an applicant’s student file whether or not they accept an offer to study at UWA.

The interviewers

Interviewers may be representatives from the community or from the University. Interviewers receive regular training to ensure consistency in the way questions are asked and responses assessed. 

The assessment is evidence based. The interviewers can only rate interviewees on what they say in response to interview questions. The interviewers will take notes throughout the interview; this is to note what the interviewee has said. Interviewers have a comprehensive set of evidence-based measures with which to rate an interviewee’s responses and formulate a score directly after each interviewee completes each station. The final score is aggregated from results across the Graduate Presentation Exercise and the four criteria.

Domestic applicants: One interviewer will assess applicants in each station. The interviewer may be a representative from the community or from the University. A second interviewer may be present in a station room to observe or for training purposes. They do not have a formal role in the assessment of the applicant.

International applicants: A panel comprising two University representatives will interview each applicant. A third interviewer may be present in a station room to observe or for training purposes. They do not have a formal role in the assessment of the applicant.

Interview criteria

Each year the following criteria will be used in the interview:

  • Communication skills
  • Presentation skills (domestic applicants)
  • Motivation/commitment to a career in Medicine or Dentistry (based on higher preference if eligible for both)

Each year the remaining criteria are selected from:  awareness of social diversity; provision of assistance; self-awareness; trust and trustworthiness; values and ethics; working with others.  Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be advised of which criteria will be included for that year.

Interview questions will not be based on clinical or scientific scenarios which would require specific medical, dental or scientific knowledge. The questions are designed to encourage interviewees to think and to explain their reasoning. The questions may be scenario based, awareness based or experience based, but the assessment is evidence based. The interviewer can only rate interviewees on what they say. It is therefore important to give more than one-sentence answers, and that interviewees draw on their own experiences and knowledge to address a topic and provide appropriate examples.

The interviewers will read the questions as they are written to ensure every applicant is asked exactly the same question in the same way. Applicants will need to respond to the specific questions asked. There are no generic questions or opportunities for applicants to list their achievements and skills outside the scope of the questions. 

Interview preparation

  • There are many ways to address a question; interviewers are not looking for one specific ‘correct’ answer. Be prepared to articulate your motivation and commitment to working as a health professional in your higher preferenced field. Have some background information about your preferred career and the course. 
  • Familiarise yourself with the interview topics. Consider how your own life experiences may reflect aspects of these topics. Find opportunities to discuss the topics with your family, peers and different people in your community. 
  • The University of Western Australia does not recommend or endorse third party commercial interview preparation courses, including those held on University premises. The Medical and Dental Schools do not release any information relating to UWA interview questions to any third party, and interview questions within the topics will be different each year. Furthermore, interviewers and interviewees are required to sign confidentiality agreements regarding the interview process. Therefore, third party preparation course providers do not have access to any information which is not already freely available to applicants.
  • Applicants may benefit more from generic interview preparation rather than interview preparation which purports to aim specifically at UWA Medicine or Dentistry. 
  • Applicants who rehearse detailed answers to specific questions risk not addressing the question they are actually asked on the day. 
 
Final ranking
  • Final ranking for non-rural domestic applicants to the MD and DMD will be based equally on GAMSAT, GPA and interview.
  • Final ranking for rural applicants to the MD and DMD will be based equally on GAMSAT, GPA, interview and a rurality ranking.
  • Final ranking for applicants who are eligible for Indigenous entry will be based on GPA and interview by the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health (CAMDH).
  • Final ranking for international applicants to the MD and DMD will be based equally on GAMSAT (or equivalent), GPA and interview. Due to COVID19 disruptions the 2021-2022 interview process for International students cannot take place as usual.  Applicants will be provided with updated information as it becomes available.
Degree completion – conditional offers

Applicants who are eligible for a course offer during the final year of their initial bachelor’s degree will be made a conditional offer requiring them to:

  • attain a minimum GPA of 5.5 for semester two of the final year of their degree; and
  • complete their bachelor’s degree requirements by the end of the year prior to commencement. 

Applicants who are in progress of their initial bachelor’s degree and undertake a course of action that will result in receiving late results may not meet offer conditions. Therefore applicants must take care when undertaking any course of action which could delay the receipt of results or degree completion. This may include undertaking deferred/supplementary exams, undertaking units that fall outside normal semesters (e.g. summer units or trimester units) or going on exchange during the final year of study. Applicants who do not complete all requirements for their initial bachelor’s degree by the 31 December deadline will have their offer withdrawn.

Previous average scores for graduate entry into the MD and DMD

Previous year statistics are provided as indicative information only and do not predict or preclude outcomes for subsequent years. Results significantly lower than previous averages may be less realistically competitive for a place. Results equal to or higher than previous averages do not guarantee an interview or course offer. The statistics provided pertain to the domestic cohort. Information regarding international admissions outcomes is not provided due to the relatively small cohort. 

Doctor of Medicine Graduate Entry (not including Rural) – scores for applicants who received an offer for 2020 commencement

 GAMSAT
  • Highest 84 (2019 commencement Highest 84)
  • Lowest 65 (2019 commencement Lowest 64)
  • Average 72.3 (2019 commencement Average 71.33)
  • Median 71.5 (2019 commencement Median 71)

GPA

  • Highest 7.00 (2019 commencement Highest 7.00)
  • Lowest 6.44 (2019 commencement Lowest 6.55)
  • Average 6.87 (2019 commencement Average 6.91)
  • Median 6.94 (2019 commencement Median 6.94)

Final ranking for graduate entry is by GPA, GAMSAT and interview score, equally weighted.

Doctor of Medicine Rural Graduate Entry – scores for successful applicants who received an offer for 2020 commencement

 GAMSAT
  • Highest 75 (2019 commencement Highest 73)
  • Lowest 56 (2019 commencement Lowest 58)
  • Average 64.7 (2019 commencement Average 64.4)
  • Median 65.0 (2019 commencement Median 63.5)

GPA

  • Highest 7.00 (2019 commencement Highest 7.00)
  • Lowest 6.23 (2019 commencement Lowest 6.10)
  • Average 6.77 (2019 commencement Average 6.58)
  • Median 6.76 (2019 commencement Median 6.56)
Final ranking for rural graduate entry is by GPA, GAMSAT, interview score and rurality ranking, equally weighted.

 

Doctor of Dental Medicine

Applicants who received a course offer for 2020 commencement had a median GAMSAT of 65 (average GAMSAT of 65.44) and a median GPA of 6.73 (average GPA 6.71).

Due to the very small cohort, information regarding successful rural DMD applicants is not provided.  Final ranking for course offers is by GPA, GAMSAT and interview score, equally weighted, and for successful Rural applicants includes a rurality ranking.

Bonded Medical Places – Domestic MD only

The Australian Government’s Bonded Program aims to provide more Australian trained doctors where there are workforce shortages, particularly in rural and remote Australia. In accordance with the Department of Health and Ageing, 28.5 per cent of all Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) in UWA’s Doctor of Medicine have been designated as Bonded Medical Places (BMPs).

Bonded Places will be allocated according to the ranked list. Applicants are not required to specify a preference for a Bonded Medical Place.

MD students who have accepted a Bonded Medical Place agree to work in an area of workforce shortage for a period specified by the Department of Health after they have graduated. Depending on the specialisation, areas of workforce shortage may be in remote, rural or urban locations. This period can be completed between commencing internship and five years after fellowship is achieved.

Further information on the current BMP Scheme, including the Deed of Agreement, is available on the Department of Health BMP website.

Curriculum
  • The UWA MD is a four-year course. Full details of the course structure are available in the UWA Handbook.

  • The UWA DMD is a four-year course. Full details of the course structure are available in the UWA Handbook.

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.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) Pathway

Registered and practicing dental or medical practitioners who are interested in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) specialty may be eligible to apply for graduate entry into the Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) via the OMFS pathway. 

Applications for 2022 commencement are now open and will close on 16 July 2021.  To apply, download the OMFS application form and submit via email to the HMS Admissions Team.  

This Pathway offers an alternate entry pathway to the UWA dentistry and medicine courses for eligible applicants. It does not guarantee a place in the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons OMFS training programme which is the registrable qualification for practice as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. 

Applicants who have already completed a dental degree and who hold both unrestricted registration and a Medical Provider Number, may be able to apply for a specified sub quota of medicine places.  

Applicants who have already completed a medical degree and who hold both unrestricted registration and a Medical Provider Number, may be able to apply for a specified sub quota of dentistry places.

In order to be eligible for consideration, applicants require a minimum HMS calculated GPA of 5.5.  Refer to information regarding the calculation method under the 'Grade point average' heading above.

In both cases, selection for interview is based on HMS GPA.  GAMSAT is not required. A short-list of candidates will be interviewed and will need to attend an interview in Perth in person.  The offer of a place will be based on GPA and interview score.

Applicants who apply through this pathway cannot also lodge a separate application for standard graduate entry. 

This pathway is reviewed each year.  Contact the HMS Admissions team if you require further information or clarification.