- 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.
- Minimum ATAR of 96 or equivalent
Intenational school leaver status
- 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.
- Applicants must have international student status, i.e. applicants who have Australian or New Zealand Citizenship, or Australian Permanent Residency, must apply via TISC for a domestic place.
Internatinal Student Admissions Test
- International students who plan to apply for a Direct Pathway to the MD or a Direct 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. If they do not have it at the time of application, it must be provided by 31 May.
- 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).
- Applicants will be shortlisted for interview on the basis of the ISAT overall score and their predicted or actual ATAR equivalent. After the interview, final course offers are ranked according to ATAR equivalent, interview score and ISAT overall score, weighted 2:2:1.
- 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 premisesc.
Spatial awareness test – DMD only
Applicants must pass the test in order to be included on the final ranked list for Dentistry; however, the test score does not form part of the ranking for course offers
- Interviews for international Direct Pathway applicants are held in Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada and Perth during July and early August (venues subject to availability). Applicants will indicate their preferred interview location as part of their application.
- Medicine applicants should allow at least one hour, including registration, preparation and the panel interview.
- Dentistry applicants should allow at least two-and-a-half hours including registration, preparation and the panel interview, followed by the spatial awareness test.
- Applicants must attend their interview in person within their given interview period and are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.
The interview process
Shortlisted applicants for the international Direct Pathways into Medicine or Dentistry are interviewed by a panel comprising two University representatives.
The usual process on the day is as follows:
- Registration including statement of confidentiality.
- Interview pre-reading.
- Undertake the panel interview. All applicants will be asked exactly the same questions in exactly the same manner.
- Eligible Dentistry applicants then complete the spatial awareness test.
Applicants shortlisted for an interview will be sent detailed information closer to the interview period and should carefully review the information provided.
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.
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 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.
A panel comprising two University representatives will interview each applicant. Interviewers receive regular training. A third interviewer may be present at the interview for training purposes. In this case, the third interviewer will be an observer only and will not have a formal role in the assessment of the applicant.
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; however, 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 an interview score directly after the interview has concluded.
Applicants who qualify for an interview for both Medicine and Dentistry will be interviewed based on their higher preference. The same interview score will be used in the ranking for both.
Interview criteria will include communication skills and motivation/commitment to a career in Medicine or Dentistry.
The remaining criteria are currently under review and in past years have been chosen 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 provided with the criteria to be included 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 and third party courses
- 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, the course and about going to university.
- 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 interview preparation courses, including those held on University premises. The Faculty does 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.
Application timelines and due dates
- International applications for the Direct Pathway into Medicine and the Direct 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.
- International applicants must submit the FHMS International supplementary Application Form.
- 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 by 31 May the year prior to commencement.
- Late applications or applicants sitting the ISAT after 31 May will not be considered.
- Interviews will take place on specified dates mid-late July and early August in Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada and Perth (interview locations subject to demand).
- Applicants will indicate their preferred interview location as part of their application.
- Applicants will be notified regarding their interview eligibility during late June/early July.
Course offers, commencement and deferral
- Course offers will take place from late August and continue until all places are filled.
- Applicants who attain a place in the Direct Pathway to Medicine or Dentistry will commence their UWA bachelor’s degree in Semester 1 (late February).
- Applicants who are offered an International Direct 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.
Final ranking and availabilit 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:
- Biology or Human Biology
- Maths Applications or higher
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 currculum
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 Medical Sciences or another 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 commodation
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.
Change 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.
- Qualification through WACE, TEE or equivalent
- Pass in English, English Literature, or English as a Second Language
- GCE O-level (GCSE and IGCSE)
- Minimum grade C / C6 in English, English Language, English (First Language) or English Literature.
- Minimum grade A in IGCSE English as a Second Language, with grade 1(One) in Oral/Aural Communication.
- Must be endorsed by CIE, OCR, Edexcel, AQA or other UK authority (independent and school-assessed O-levels are not sufficient).
- TOEFL (paper-based)
- 570 with a Test of Written English (TWE) of no less than 4.5
- Scholarship applicants require 580, with 45 in the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE)
- IBT TOEFL (Internet-based test score)
- 82 with 22 for writing, 20 for speaking, 20 for listening, and 18 for reading
- IELTS (Academic)
- 6.5 (no band lower than 6.0)
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
- CELT Bridging Course
- Overall score of 70% with a minimum of 65% for each section
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic)
- Overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 64 in the Reading and Writing sections, 59 in the Speaking section and 54 in the Listening section.
- The Law School requires an overall score of 70 with a minimum score of 70 in each section.
Higher English scores are required for admission to higher degrees in some faculties at UWA:
- Law: overall IELTS of 7.5, with a minimum score of 7.5 for reading and writing and a minimum of 7.0 for speaking and listening.
- Education: overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing.
- Dentistry: overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing.
- Business: overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing.