Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

International Direct Pathway to MD and DMD


High achieving secondary school leavers may be eligible to apply for an International place in the Direct Pathways for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).

Applications are via the UWA online application system.  The next round of applications are for 2020 entry and will open on 1 March 2019 and close 31 May 2019. 

There are also Direct Pathways for international school leaver applicants to the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) and the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm).

Successful applicants to the Direct Pathways for medicine or dentistry will receive a conditional place in either the MD or the DMD:

  • A place in the MD and DMD is conditional upon successful completion of a UWA bachelor degree with a minimum Faculty Grade Point Average (FGPA) of 5.5.
  • International student eligibility.  Please see note below regarding Residency status.

Direct Pathway (International School Leavers) for the MD and DMD:


  • MD - Approximately 20 places available
  • DMD - Approximately 4 places available

Entry Requirements:

Pre-requisite subjects:

Application Process:

  • Applications for 2020 entry will open 1 March 2019 and close on 31 May 2019.
  • Faculty Direct Pathway Supplementary Form (Word | PDF) to be uploaded by 31 May 2019.
  • International Predicted ATAR Form submitted to Faculty Admissions Office by 31 May 2019.
  • ISAT is required to be sat by 31 May 2019.
  • ISAT results are required to be submitted by 13 June 2019.

Final Ranking:

  • Final Ranking is based on ISAT, ATAR and Interview and is weighted 1:2:2 respectively.


  • Students may be eligible to defer a place in the MD for a period of one year.  Two year deferrals for the MD may be possible where the student is required to complete a 2-year National Service term.
  • Students are not normally able to defer a place in the DMD.

Course Offers

Course offers are normally made from August onwards. 


Registration, Internships and further training:

Changes to Residency Status

If you have applied or are intending to apply for Australian Permanent Residency or Citizenship, please be aware of the following implications for your application:

  • If you receive an offer for an International place and there is a change to your Residency status before you commence, your offer will lapse.  You will need to re-apply for a Domestic place.
  • For Medicine or Dentistry:  if your Residency status will change before 28 September 2018 you may sit UMAT and on obtaining the required minimum ATAR and UMAT score you may apply via TISC for a Domestic Place in the Direct Pathway to Medicine and/or the Direct Pathway into Dentistry.
  • Should you receive an offer and commence in the Direct Pathway as an International student, and your Residency status changes while in progress of your Bachelor degree, you will lose your assured place in your postgraduate professional course. You can complete your UWA Bachelor degree as a Domestic student and apply via graduate entry for a Domestic place in your chosen professional postgraduate degree.
  • If your residency status changes after you have commenced in your postgraduate professional course, you cannot be guaranteed a Domestic place in that course.  If a Domestic place were not available you would be able to complete the course but would be subject to International fees.