The University of Western Australia

Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Doctor of Medicine



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 6 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $38,600 AUD (2020 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake February 2022
Application Deadline TBA*
International Places 20


The Bachelor of Biomedical Science (3 years) is an exciting undergraduate degree designed to meet growing global demand for graduates with health expertise.

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.  Completing a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at UWA can put you on the “Direct Pathway” to the Doctor of Medicine program.

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:

Health Students’ Society

The Health Students’ Society (HSS) is a student-run, not-for-profit organisation for undergraduates completing health-related majors at UWA. HSS provides social and education opportunities and encourages students to make the most of their time on campus and of university life. HSS offers a support network for members during their degrees and aims to enhance the university experience and raise the profile of graduates to prospective employees.


The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is a practical degree which equips students with the essential knowledge and skills to impact the health of people and populations.

You’ll gain a sound understanding of how the human body functions in healthy and diseased states, barriers to health care, and methods for treatment. This degree could lead to careers in designing medicines to alleviate symptoms or vaccines to prevent diseases, or impacting public health policy.

Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice
This double major is a study option for students on a Direct Pathway to the Doctor of Medicine postgraduate degree.

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.  In order to be fully prepared for your postgraduate studies in the MD, you are encouraged to incorporate chemistry, biology, and physics units into their bachelor’s degree as major, 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 a Direct Pathway is competitive. Applicants are ranked according to their academic performance, admissions test and interview score, 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.

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

3. Interview
Interviews will be held in person 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 a Direct Pathway will commence UWA undergraduate studies and progress to their postgraduate degree (3 years)  without the need to sit a graduate admissions test or undergo further interviews. The International Direct 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

*Applications for the 2021 intake closed May 29, 2020. For information about the 2022 intake and to apply, please contact OzTREKK.