The University of Western Australia

Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Doctor of Medicine

Undergraduate

Details

University Location Perth, Western Australia
City Population 2.1 million
Student Population 24,500
Int'l Student Population 4,500
Main Campus Crawley
Program Campus Nedlands, suburb of Perth
Program Duration 3 + 3 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $40,100 AUD (2021 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake February 2023
Application Deadline May 30, 2022*
International Places 20

Overview

Located in Perth, the University of Western Australia is a research-intensive university and one of the internationally recognized Australian Group of Eight. Voted as one of the world’s most liveable cities, Perth is also Australia’s sunniest capital city, and the Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers is ideal for sports and outdoor activities.

Established in 1957 and with more than 6,000 alumni, the UWA School of Medicine is the oldest medical school in Western Australia. The university is well-known for its research and clinical teaching, and the medical school is ranked third in Australia by the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities in clinical medicine.

UWA Bachelor of Biomedical Science students have access to a range of world-class facilities that enhance your learning and give you hands-on experience before you enter the workplace:

As a biomedical science student, you’ll be taught by world-class researchers in cutting-edge laboratories and tutorial rooms at UWA’s main campus and at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital campus. After graduating, you could pursue a career or further study in areas as diverse as clinical practice, medical technology, medical research, or public health.

Program

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science (3 years) with a major in Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice draws on all biomedical scientific disciplines to understand and treat human disease. This major prepares you for continued study in the Doctor of Medicine (3 years).

Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice Major
The Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice major encompasses a wide range of disciplines within health and medical sciences. It will provide you with the background knowledge across all the biomedical scientific disciplines including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, hematology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, and public health.

Communication and research skills for the health professional will be presented throughout the major. The major will include studies on aspects of Australian society and culture, including Aboriginal health and migrant and refugee health.

Students on UWA’s “Assured Pathway” are not required to sit an admissions test in order to proceed into in the MD. To be fully prepared for your postgraduate studies in the MD, you are encouraged to incorporate chemistry, biology, and physics units into your bachelor’s degree as major, or as complementary, elective, or broadening units.

Admission Requirements

The direct pathway is only available to

  • current Grade 12 students; or
  • applicants who have completed Grade 12 (or equivalent) no more than two years previously and have not since undertaken any post-secondary studies.

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

1. High school diploma
A minimum of 89% overall average in top 5 – 6 Grade 12 subjects is required. Averages and calculations depend upon province. Entry to this program doesn’t require specific prerequisites; however, if you haven’t completed math or chemistry at Year 12, you will need to include these units in your first year of study at UWA.

2. Admissions test
International applicants must sit the International Student Admissions Test (ISAT) and meet the minimum score of the 25th percentile or higher in each section of the test.

3. Interview
Interviews will be held in July or August for students who meet both the minimum educational score and ISAT. After the interview, final course offers are ranked according to GPA equivalent, interview score, and ISAT overall score, weighted 2:2:1 (40%/40%/20%). Medicine applicants should allow at least one hour, including registration, preparation, and the panel interview.

Progression into Doctor of Medicine
Successful applicants who gain a place in the Assured Pathway will commence UWA undergraduate studies and progress to their postgraduate degree without the need to sit a graduate admissions test or undergo further interviews. The International Assured Pathway place in the postgraduate MD 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.

Admission Timeline

*Application deadline: May 28, 2021. Applications for 2022 intake are closed. For information about the 2023 intake and to apply, please contact OzTREKK.