Assured Pathway entry to Medicine and Dentistry for domestic applicants
- Application process and timelines
- Applicants must register for and sit UCAT ANZ (registrations usually close during May, test sittings take place during July).
- Applicants are required to lodge a TISC application, entering the relevant TISC course code(s).
- Applications for the Assured Pathway to Medicine and the Assured Pathway to Dentistry will open according to TISC timelines and will close late September.
- UWA's Rural eligibility form must be submitted via TISC by the TISC deadline for Medicine and Dentistry.
- Refer to the TISC guide for current course codes and application deadlines.
Admission and selection processes are subject to amendment.
Interview timelines for 2023-2024 admissions is under review.
Course offers will be as per TISC timelines.
- Eligibility criteria
High Academic Achievers
This quota is for WA school leavers who meet the minimum ATAR requirement or equivalent.
There are also a small number of places available for domestic school leavers who have completed Year 12 or equivalent at a school outside of Western Australia and have met the minimimum ATAR requirement or equivalent.
The Rural program is part of a Federal Government initiative to address workforce shortages in medicine, dentistry, and allied health care in regional, rural and remote Australia. To be eligible, an applicant’s principal home address must have been in an area defined by the Department of Health as regional, rural or remote according to the Modified Monash Model (MMM) for any five years consecutively or at least 10 years cumulatively. A search engine for eligible locations can be found on the DoctorConnect website - click on Modified Monash Model 2019. The MMM 2019 rates locations based on 2016 census data on a scale of 1 - 7. If you are a domestic student who lives or has lived in areas rated MM-2 through MM-7 for the defined periods you may be eligible for consideration within the Rural quota.
School-leaver applicants to the Assured Pathway who believe they fit the rural definition must submit UWA's Rural Eligibility form with their TISC application. Note the TISC closing date for Medicine and Dentistry is late September; refer to the TISC website for updated information on application periods and other deadlines. Contact the Admissions team should you have further queries.
Broadway UWA is designed to ensure access to UWA courses is available to the broadest range of students with the potential to succeed at university. The main goal of the program is to increase the diversity in the student cohorts and to promote equity in the selection of students.
Specified schools are invited to participate in this program. You are eligible for consideration as a Broadway Assured Pathway applicant if you have undertaken your entire Year 12 studies, including WACE, at a UWA Broadway school.
Broadway eligible school-leaver applicants will indicate their school as part of their TISC application, and must apply by the TISC closing date for Medicine and Dentistry (late September, refer to TISC website for updated information on application periods and other deadlines). Contact the Admissions team should you have further queries.
Applicants who identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and are accepted as such by the community in which they live, or have lived are eligible for consideration as an Indigenous Assured Pathway applicant. Applicants must provide a person or organisation who can verify their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status. Contact the Admissions team or the School of Indigenous Studies for information regarding this pathway.
- UCAT ANZ – University Clinical Aptitude Test
All applicants to the domestic High Academic Achievement, Rural and Broadway Assured Pathways to Medicine and Dentistry must sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT ANZ). UCAT ANZ must be sat during the application year, that is, the year prior to commencement in the Assured Pathway. UCAT ANZ assesses a range of abilities identified as important by university medical and dental schools for success in their programs or courses, and later as a clinician.
The UCAT ANZ is a two-hour computer-based test. Candidates will sit the test at Pearson VUE test centres located in Australia, New Zealand and some overseas centres. Refer to the UCAT ANZ website for a list of test locations.
The UCAT ANZ will be offered on a range of dates and venues throughout the month of July and early August.
To sit the test, you will need to register for UCAT ANZ and book a test date, time and location.
Free, comprehensive preparation materials, including an online guide, tutorials, question banks and practice tests are available on the UCAT ANZ official website.
All resources contained on the UCAT ANZ website are FREE. Candidates should be aware that while third party organisations may charge fees for books, courses and coaching, these organisations do not have access to any information which is not already freely available. UWA does not recommend or endorse any commercially available courses offering admissions test preparation, including those held on UWA grounds.
UCAT ANZ results
Invitations for interview will be based on UCAT ANZ performance with the condition that applicants are also predicted to meet or have met the minimum academic threshold (ATAR or equivalent).
Applicants should not base decisions regarding the current admissions year on results from previous years, particularly with the implementation of UCAT ANZ in place of UMAT.
Applicants must sit UCAT ANZ the year of application (that is, the year prior to commencement). The UCAT ANZ score cannot be carried over from a previous application year.
- English language competency requirement
All Assured Pathway applicants are required to meet the standard English language competency level for The University of Western Australia.
- Prerequisite and recommended subjects
Assured 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 above
Students who plan to apply for a Assured Pathway into the MD or DMD should prioritise getting their highest possible marks.
- Assured Pathway – Bonded medical places
The Government’s Bonded Programs aim to provide more Australian trained doctors where there are workforce shortages, particularly in rural and remote Australia. In accordance with the Department of Health and Ageing, 28.5 per cent of all Commonwealth-supported places (CSPs) in UWA’s MD have been designated as bonded medical places (BMPs).
Bonded places will be allocated according to the ranked list. Applicants are not required to specify a preference for a BMP.
MD students who have accepted a Bonded Medical Place agree to work in an area of workforce shortage for a period specified by the Department of Health after they have graduated. Depending on the specialisation, areas of workforce shortage may be in remote, rural or urban locations. This period can be completed between commencing internship and five years after fellowship is achieved.
Further information on the current BMP Scheme, including the Deed of Agreement, is available on the Department of Health BMP website.
Applicants who accept a Bonded Place in the Assured Pathway to Medicine will not be contractually bound to their Bonded Medical Place until ready to commence in the MD. Students with a Bonded Assured Pathway place who would prefer an unbonded place in the MD may sit the GAMSAT and apply via graduate entry.
- Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on their UCAT ANZ score and predicted or actual ATAR.
- The interview allows shortlisted candidates to display some of the personal qualities considered desirable in medical and dental practitioners, and increase their competitiveness for a place.
- The interview will assess candidates on a variety of attributes such as accountability, ethical and moral judgement, communication skills, management skills, problem solving, self-awareness, teamwork/collaboration, conflict resolution, empathy, resilience.
- Shortlisted candidates who accept their interview will be provided with interview information and preparation material prior to the interview.
- Approximately two to three candidates are interviewed per each available place.
- The process including registration will take approximately 90 minutes.
Timing and location
- Timelines for interviews and notifications are under review. Sign up to receive updated information as it becomes available.
- Eyesight requirements – DMD only
Applicants are recommended to have an eye examination to determine if they have any vision defects which will interfere with their ability to practise as a dentist. Students must meet these visual requirements. Vision defects that can be corrected, such as by the wearing of glasses, should be done so prior to enrolment. Colour blindness may affect the ability to become a dentist and it is strongly advised that affected applicants seek advice from an ophthalmologist.
- Inherent requirements – MD only
- Students who aspire to pursue medicine as a career should review the inherent requirements [PDF, 156KB].
- Final ranking for course offers
- Final ranking will be based on ATAR or equivalent (30%), interview (50%) and UCAT ANZ score (20%).
- Final ranking for Rural applicants will be based on ATAR or equivalent (22.5%), interview (27.5%), UCAT ANZ score (15%), and rurality rating (25%).
- 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.