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Introduction

University of Western Australia (UWA) was established in 1911 as the state's first university. It was also the first free university in the British Empire, actively promoting equal access to tertiary education for all social classes.

UWA is based in the capital city of Western Australia, Perth, on the south-west coast. Perth is not only the sunniest capital city across Australia with an average of eight hours of sunshine on any given day, but it is also home to the largest inner-city park in the world - King’s Park.

The University of Western Australia Medical School itself is rated first in Australia for Clinical Medicine according to ARWU 2019. Notably, UWA is the only Australian Medical School that has a longitudinal mentoring program; all medical students have a clinical mentor involved in students’ development throughout the program. Noteworthy Medicine University of Western Australia graduates include Nobel Prize Laureate Professor Barry Marshall.

Western Australia Medicine Summary Table

Domestic Applicants International Applicants
How to apply GEMSAS
Directly to the University
International Agent
Directly to the University
Programme Length 4 years
Number of Places 145 145
Academic Requirements 5.5+
Undergraduate Degree

ATAR: 99.0+ (with English/Literature ATAR)
5.5+ (converted)
Undergraduate Degree

ATAR: 99.0+ (converted) OR IB
Exam Requirements UCAT
GAMSAT: 52 in each section
GAMSAT: 52 in each section
MCAT: 123 in each section

IELTS overall 6.5+ with no band less than 6.0
TOEFL overall 82+
Interview MMI
Fees
Application deadline May 2020

Updated March 2020

Western Australia Medical School - The Programme

UWA offers a four year Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme for aspiring medical students. The first semester of the medical course provides necessary background knowledge in biomedical sciences and introductions to clinical, professional and scholarly practice. Following this, students undertake two semesters of system-based learning which relates blocks of learning to body systems. Whilst studying a particular system, students will learn detailed scientific knowledge of the system, practice their clinical skills, leadership and teamwork as well as improve their research methodology. The teaching is delivered through a combination of case-enhanced tutorials, laboratories, clinical workshops and online learning.

The final two and a half years of this Western Australian Medical School course primarily consist of clinical immersion in various hospitals and community based settings where students develop and practice their clinical and professional skills. In the third year, 25% of students venture to Western Australia for rural and remote clinical experience. Also in this year, students choose a personalised Scholarly Activity Program that continues into year 4. The final year starts with the opportunity to study overseas and experience alternate healthcare systems. This year is to ensure students are ready for practice as an intern upon graduation.

All students are expected to complete a scholarly activity - beginning in 2nd year and continuing into years 3 and 4 - which emphasises original research, clinical audit and improvement, coursework, or service learning, in an area of student interest.

Academic Requirements

Grades

Undergraduate school leaver applicants can apply to the MD program straight after Year 12. If these applicants are accepted to the program, they will first complete an undergraduate degree at UWA before starting the MD programme. It is recommended that all applicants take Physics Year 12 Level and Chemistry and Biology at a first year university level. Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum ATAR score of 99 or equivalent.

Degree

Graduate Entry applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by UWA. Graduate Applicants must have a GPA of at least 5.5 to be considered for admission.

Exams

Domestic graduate applicants must complete the GAMSAT. Applicants must have a minimum score of 52 in each section. International candidates living overseas at the time of application must complete the MCAT. Applicants must have a minimum score of 123 in each section.

Domestic undergraduate applicants must complete the UCAT with a minimum score of 50 in each section to be eligible for admission.

International applicants must meet the English language requirements of IELTS overall 6.5+ with no band less than 6.0, TOEFL overall 82+ or equivalent.

Application Process

How to apply

Domestic applicants must apply through GEMSAS or directly through the university website. International applicants must apply through the university website or with an international agent.

Domestic applicants who are school leavers (rather than graduate applicants) must apply through TISC.

Application Deadlines

The undergraduate application deadline is September 2020, and the graduate application deadline is May 2021.

Application Documents

Graduate applicants must submit their application to GEMSAS, while undergraduate applicants must submit their application to TISC.

Selection Process

Shortlisting

Graduate applicants will be selected based on their UCAT, ATAR, and Interview, which will be weighted 1:2:2 respectively.

Interview

Interviews at UWA will take the form of a Multiple Mini Interview consisting of 8 stations, each 10 minutes in length – 2 minutes is allocated for preparation and 8 minutes for responding. The interview process takes approximately 140 minutes. Five of the stations will consist of sets of questions, based on a preamble or scenario. One of the stations is for the Explaining Skill Exercise. The remaining 2 stations may be rest or preparation stations. Major topics assessed yearly include: Communication skills , Explaining Skills or Graduate Presentation Exercise, Motivation/Commitment to a career in medicine

Competition Ratios

UWA interviews approximately 3 applicants per available place.

Rankings

The QS World University Ranking has placed the University of Western Australia 51st to 100th in the world of medicine.

Medical Student Opinion

Anon – 3rd year medical student at Western Australia (UWA)

1. What are the good things about studying Medicine at this university?

The course itself I really enjoy, but it can be challenging at times. I like the anatomy labs, as they give you practical hands on experience, and when comparing with my friends in other schools, learning from a cadaver is just so much better. There a love/hate relationship with the small scenario group sessions, they make you work on your own and become an independent learner, but at the same time they painfully teach you how to work in a team, as sometimes other people don't agree with you, but it's a great way to become confident too.

2.What is not so good about studying Medicine there?

The workload can be a bit intense, but if you worked hard to get in, then you continue to work hard to do well. Saying that, there still plenty of time to do other things outside of university, like get a job, or go home to see your parents or sports.

3. Do you have any tips on how to get in?

I was very thorough at looking at university prospectus’ and visiting places before I picked a place. I had good grades and hoped to do well on the UMAT so was grateful to have a choice of places to pick from. In the end I picked UWA; it was such a beautiful campus, surrounded by nature and the occasional peacock. I really liked this about the university, because it felt like a very relaxed environment, which it turned out it was. I sat the UMAT and managed to do well enough to be invited for an interview, and a few months after that I was offered a place. I applied for undergraduate medicine, so getting a place was difficult as the intake for this course is a lot smaller. I would highly recommend UMAT preparation courses and booklets etc, as much help as you can get. Getting a good score isn’t enough, you have to get a great score. As for the interview, practise as much as you can, just to help with your nerves, not just friends and family, but extended family of friends too. It sounds silly, but the less you know the person the more nervous you will get, so it's a great way to practise, even if you sound weird asking your friend’s grandma to help you. My advice, as boring and predictable as it is, is to work really hard, it all pays off in the end.


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