Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Domestic Direct Pathways interview selection



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All shortlisted school leaver applicants to the domestic Direct Pathways to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)  must attend an interview. 

The purpose of the interview is to allow applicants an opportunity to display some of the attributes and qualities considered desirable in health practitioners.  


  • The Faculty normally interviews approximately 2-3 people for every domestic school leaver place.
  • Interviews are face-to-face and are NOT conducted over telephone or through video conferencing facilities.  All domestic interviews are held in Perth.
  • Information on the interview can be found here.


  • Applicants for the MD and DMD will be shortlisted for interview on the basis of the UMAT score (with the condition that they also appear likely to meet the minimum academic requirement).
  • UWA uses the sum of the three section scores (not percentiles).  All three sections of the test are weighted equally.
  • The Faculty Admissions Office do not set benchmark UMAT thresholds (other than the requirement that applicants receive a section one percentile score of at least 20).  Instead, interview selection is competition-based and applicants with the top UMAT scores (who appear likely to also meet the minimum academic requirement) are invited for interview.  The last person invited for interview in their category therefore ‘sets’ the UMAT threshold. The university does not release past thresholds.
  • Interviews will be held late November to early December for WA applicants who meet the minimum UMAT requirement and also appear likely to meet the minimum academic requirement.  Not all dates will be used within the period.  Applicants applying to the DMD will have very limited choice of interview dates so should ensure they are available for the whole interview period. Please contact the faculty with any queries regarding this.
  • Interviews will be held in mid-late January for WA applicants who had met the minimum UMAT requirement and who were not predicted to meet the minimum academic requirement but subsequently did.
  • Interviews will be held in mid-late January for Interstate applicants who meet the minimum UMAT and Academic requirements.
  • WA applicants who are offered a December interview cannot switch to the January interview period and vice versa.  Therefore applicants should ensure that they will be in Perth for the relevant interview dates.