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 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 undergraduate degree on which the GPA is calculated must have been awarded no greater than 10 years prior to the year of application to the UOW MD. This is designed to ensure the currency of a student’s academic and research skills which are required in the rigorous academic environment of the MD program. Prospective students whose Bachelor's degrees were awarded more than 10 years prior to the year of application are not usually considered unless they can provide documentary evidence of successful tertiary level postgraduate coursework from an accredited institution of not less than one year’s full-time equivalent study within the 10 year period. The GSM reserves the right to also waive the 10-year policy if a student demonstrates academic currency and skills by experiences other than the qualifications stipulated above. All evidence must be produced in writing prior to application to firstname.lastname@example.org. In cases where the degree is greater than 10 years old, and the candidate is considered eligible to apply, the GPA will still be calculated on the most recent completed bachelor degree.
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.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
All applicants will be required to submit electronic copies of their most recent Bachelor's degree with their application. If an offer is accepted, either certified copies or original transcripts will be required for final enrolment. The GPA is calculated using all subjects taken within the last three full-time equivalent years of the most recent undergraduate degree.
To be accepted applicants would normally have spent at least 2 years in the institution conferring the degree. An Honours year is normally considered as the final year of an undergraduate degree. Postgraduate qualifications (Masters, PhD) are not included in GPA calculations. To maintain absolute transparency and equity for all international applications, the GPA for all international transcripts will be calculated using the GEMSAS GPA calculator in the same method as used for domestic applicants. The GPA calculator tool and the supporting documents that help you follow the process can be accessed on the GEMSAS website. The documents explains the different steps for calculating GPAs from Australian and international degrees.
The GPA is calculated for each of the last 3 calendar years.
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 the GSM as follows:
(GPA1 + (2 × GPA2) + (3 × GPA3)) ÷ 6 = weighted GPA
This weighting is based on the calendar year of study, not the academic level of each subject. The minimum weighted GPA for application in 2022 is 5.5.