Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Prerequisite and recommended subjects


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Further information

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Applicants must complete a bachelor degree before commencing the Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).

There are no preferred bachelor courses, however, there are recommended subjects in order to best prepare for the Graduate School Admissions Test (GAMSAT).

Applicants should also check prerequisite subjects for their initial bachelor degree.

Prerequisite subjects

All applicants are required to meet the English Competency Level for the University of Western Australia.  Applicants who complete a minimum of two years full-time (or equivalent) degree study in Australia will automatically meet this requirement.

Recommended subjects

It is recommended that applicants have undertaken at least:

  • Physics to year 12 level
  • Chemistry to first year university level (including completion of year 12 level chemistry)
  • Biology or Human Biology at first year university level

These subjects are not prerequisite; however completion of these subjects will help prepare applicants for Medicine or Dentistry studies, as well as for the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT)/The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).  Please refer to the GAMSAT website for further information regarding preparation strategy.

Students on a Direct Pathway to Medicine or Dentistry

Although students on Direct Pathway are not required to sit GAMSAT, these subjects are recommended in order to enter postgraduate Medicine or Dentistry with the same base knowledge as graduate applicants.

Recommended UWA units

These units may be incorporated into any UWA Bachelor degree as major, complementary, elective or broadening units.  Please note that these are recommendations; it is not a requirement to undertake every listed unit.  Some units have prerequisites - please refer to the linked unit details.


ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell


CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics
CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry (required for students who have not completed ATAR Chemistry or equivalent)
CHEM1004 Biological Chemistry

Physics (for those without ATAR Physics)

PHYS1021 Applied Physics A
PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit

For more information please refer to entry pathways for professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, podiatric medicine and pharmacy.