The University of Western Australia

Bachelor of Biomedicine (Specialised), 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 3 + 3 years
Estimated Annual Tuition AUD$46,200 (2024 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake 2025
Application Deadline June 27, 2024*


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 clinical medicine at UWA is ranked 3rd in Australia and 35th in the world (ARWU 2023).

As a biomedicine 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.


The Bachelor of Biomedicine is a practical degree providing essential pre-clinical knowledge across a broad arena of health and medical disciplines, designed to articulate with UWA’s accredited health professional degrees, including the Doctor of Medicine (3 years).

You will undertake a suite of core pre-clinical units as a single cohort in years 1 and 2. Optional units from a range of biomedical specializations can be taken to provide more in-depth training across a broad range of fields of interest.


  • Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
  • Anatomy and Reproductive Biology
  • Genetics
  • Human Biology
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

This multidisciplinary program, delivered by award winning educators and researchers, will support you to think critically and creatively and provide the transferrable skills and knowledge necessary to thrive professionally in the rapidly growing and developing health and biomedical arena.

As a UWA Bachelor of Biomedicine (Specialised) student, you’ll have access to a range of world-class facilities that enhance your learning and give you hands-on experience before you enter the workplace:


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 94% 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. ISATs are valid for the preceding 3 calendar years (2022, 2023, and 2024 test windows 1 and 2).

3. Interview
Interviews will be held in mid-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 30%/50%/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

*While the application deadline for the 2025 intake is June 27, 2024, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Interviews: Expected July 22 – August 4, 2024
Last date to sit ISAT: May 8