A weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) from a valid Bachelor’s degree
Applicants must be in their final year or have a completed Bachelor’s degree from either:
- An Australian University listed in the National Register of higher education providers at the TEQSA National Register
- An equivalent overseas Bachelor qualification from an institution that is recognised under the framework and guidelines set by the Australian Department of Education and Training Qualifications Recognition Policy Unit (previously AEI-NOOSR).
All qualifying degrees need to be completed by 31st December 2022.
Medical school places are limited and competitive. Applicants who have completed medical studies in another country should seek advice from the Australian Medical Council about pathways to recognition of their qualifications in Australia. Qualified physicians are not considered eligible for entry to the UOW MD program. Applicants who have failed to complete medical studies previously (including in Australia) would also not normally be considered eligible for entry. Applicants who have studied medicine previously should contact GSM prior to close of applications if they wish to confirm their eligibility.
UOW does not normally recognise 2 year Bachelor degrees or 1-year conversion degrees for the purpose of admission to a medical course. Accelerated Bachelor degrees are accepted by UOW; that is, a degree consisting of three full time trimesters per year for two years from a recognised institution. To be accepted, applicants would normally have spent at least 2 years in the institution conferring the degree.
Please contact GSM for more information if your degree is less than three years FTE in duration.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
All applicants must have a weighted GPA of 5.5 on a 7-point scale at the time of application, to be eligible to apply.
The GPA score required to receive an offer for an interview may fluctuate annually. This GPA will be calculated based on the most recently completed Bachelor's degree (including an Honours year if applicable). Postgraduate qualifications are not included in GPA calculations.
For 2023 entry, GPA scores will be used as a qualifying hurdle for interview offers. Applicants must achieve a weighted GPA of 5.5 out of 7.0 to meet the hurdle requirement. It will not be used in ranking for interview or places offers once the hurdle has been met.
The GPA is calculated using all subjects taken within the last three full-time equivalent years of the most recent undergraduate degree. GEMSAS will calculate the GPA of applicants for all Australian graduate medical school applicants. A GPA calculator is available on the GEMSAS website. This will provide an estimated GPA for your use and information only. Note also that your manual calculations may use GPA grades, but GEMSAS will use percentage results to calculate your GPA (where they are available). If you calculate your GPA it will be an approximation for your information only.
Applicants completing combined/double degrees will have their GPA calculated using the final three years of their combined degree. If an applicant exits their combined degree to graduate with a single degree (and the single degree must be a valid three year FTE Bachelor degree), the GPA will be calculated to include only units from the single degree if identifiable; otherwise UOW will revert back to using all units in the final three years. If an applicant is made an offer and subsequently exits their combined degree to graduate with a single degree (and the single degree must be a valid three year FTE Bachelor degree), then their offer is conditional to their maintenance of the minimum required GPA.
UOW reserves the right to recalculate GPAs at any time before the close of the admissions cycle if required.
The GPA is calculated for each of the last 3 calendar years by GEMSAS.
The scores are expressed as:
- GPA1 for the first year of study
- GPA2 for the second year of study
- GPA3 for the third (most recent) year of study.
The scores are weighted by GSM as follows:
GPA1 + (2 × GPA2) + (3 × GPA3) = weighted GPA ÷ 6
This weighting is based on calendar year of study, not academic level of each subject. Refer to the GEMSAS GPA guideline documents for more information.