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Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Doctor of Medicine (MD) Curriculum



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The MBBS has been replaced by a postgraduate qualification, the Doctor of Medicine (MD).  The MD commences in 2014

All applicants will require at least a bachelor degree before commencing the MD programme

  • This initial bachelor degree can be in any discipline as no pre-requisite knowledge is required; however there are some recommended subjects

  • The MD is a four-year fulltime professional degree course with embedded research with both generalised and specialised clinical training

  • Students will start having patient contact from Year 1

  • Further information on the entry requirements and admission steps can be found here

The benefits of the MD include:

  • A stronger foundation and knowledge-base from the undergraduate degree and
  • An advanced learning environment at postgraduate level

A Medical Graduate of UWA will: 

  • Have high quality knowledge and skills
  • Be up to date with evidence based practice
  • Be accessible to patients and colleagues
  • Be aware of social responsibility to the community and country
  • Be a team member and be able to work collaboratively


  • The academic period for the 4 years will be 168 weeks
  • Teaching will be for 42 weeks per year.  There will be opportunities for students to spend time in chosen areas of clinical practice or research both nationally and internationally
  • Innovative teaching methods will be used including blended learning.  This will be in the form of lectures, tutorials and practicals supported by electronic resources created at UWA.  The use of these resources will help integrate and consolidate theoretical learning into clinical practice


The Curriculum will be fully integrated, both vertically and horizontally.  The curriculum will be made of thematic groups emphasising the following areas:

  • Scientific foundations of medical practice
  • Foundations of clinical skills, clinical reasoning and decision making
  • Foundations of the role of the medical profession in population health, public policy, health reform and medical politics
  • Personal and professional development of a doctor and the interactions within a multicultural and multiracial society

Learning will be:

  • Patient-based
  • Symptom-based
  • Case-based
  • Discipline-based

Curriculum will be facilitated so that:

  • There will be an emphasis on the personal nature of learning
  • The development of an open mind and lateral thinking will be encouraged
  • It allows discovery, self-evaluation and co-operation
  • It permits questions related to the topic that opens up further discussion and even confrontation of ideas
  • It will build a foundation for further directed self-learning

Further Information

  • Further information on the curriculum can be obtained via email