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Applications for the 2017 intake will open on 1 August, closing 30 September 2016. Late applications will not be accepted.
Medicine is a physically and mentally challenging profession where practitioners are often required to put the interest of their patients over their own. The Western Sydney University medical course is a five-year undergraduate degree which aims to help candidates develop necessary skills for practice of medicine. To support potential and current students' decision making, a series of inherent requirement statements has been developed. These statements specify the course requirements of the Western Sydney medical program for student admission and progression. Please ensure you read Inherent Requirements for Medicine (opens in a new window) prior to applying.
- Identify & apply via the correct category - see the list below
- Important Dates and Deadlines (opens in a new window)
- To determine if you qualify as a Greater Western Sydney applicant, please read "GWS Definition" below.
- Review the MBBS Admission Criteria below and action steps as required.
- If you have any questions or issues that are not covered on this website, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (02) 4620 3600.
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There are five applicant categories and it is important you identify and apply under the correct category:
- General Entry Applicants - Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens. Includes current school leavers, non-current schools leavers (ie, on gap year or partially completed a university degree) and graduates. A graduate, for the purposes of applying to MBBS, is someone who has either completed their university degree or anticipates completing in the year of application. For details on how to apply, go to: General Entry Applicants - How to Apply for MBBS (opens in a new window)
- Rural Entry Admission Scheme (REAS) - Commencing in 2016 application year, there will be 15 places available for rural students commencing in 2017. Includes current school leavers, non-current school leavers and graduates. Following admission to the MBBS, rural students will study the same program as students who come through general entry. For details on how to apply, go to Rural Entry Admission Scheme - How to Apply for MBBS.(opens in a new window)
- International Applicants - All applicants other than Australian citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or New Zealand citizens - either onshore or offshore. For details on how to apply, go to: International Applicants - How to Apply for MBBS (opens in a new window)
- Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Applicants - Eligible applicants may apply under this scheme - please visit the ATSI site (opens in a new window) for further information. For details on how to apply, visit: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Applicants - How to Apply MBBS (opens in a new window)
- Transfer Requests – Please note transfer requests are NOT guaranteed. "Transfer requests" are only accepted from Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens who are currently (or have previously been) enrolled in a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (or equivalent course, including combined medical degrees) within Australia or New Zealand. If you have only studied medicine at an overseas university, you should apply via the General Entry pathway. Transfer request category are not eligible to apply via any other pathway. If such an applicant is found to have gained a place in the MBBS or MBBS/BA program via any other pathway, the place will be rescinded. Please visit Transfer Information (opens in a new window) for further information.
The University has a commitment to the Greater Western Sydney community in which it is located. To that end, a proportion of the interview places available for admission will be allocated to applicants from the Greater Western Sydney area. Applicants who have lived in one of the 14 Local Government areas defined as Greater Western Sydney for at least five consecutive years immediately prior to commencing the MBBS or MBBS/BA are eligible to be considered for these places. Of the 14 GWS Local Government areas, a few suburbs "cross boundaries" with another LGA. In such cases, those suburbs have been included in the GWS definition. Please check if your postcode is included.
Please Note: The School of Medicine definition does differ from other definitions of "Greater Western Sydney" used by the university - however there was intense government involvement in the creation of the medical school and therefore the School has chosen to adopt the NSW Government's definition. There is comprehensive information about these LGAs at the Division of Local Government website.
2127, 2128, 2141, 2143, 2144
2143, 2161, 2162, 2163, 2190, 2196, 2197, 2198, 2199, 2200, 2211, 2212, 2213, 2214
2117, 2118, 2125, 2151, 2152, 2153, 2154, 2155, 2156, 2157, 2158, 2756, 2765, 2775,
2146, 2147, 2148, 2155, 2164, 2747, 2760, 2761, 2762, 2763, 2765, 2766, 2767, 2768, 2769, 2770
2758, 2773, 2774, 2776, 2777, 2778, 2779, 2780, 2782, 2783, 2784, 2785, 2786, 2787
2171, 2179, 2556, 2557, 2567, 2570
2167, 2174, 2179, 2559, 2565, 2558, 2566, 2560, 2563, 2564, 2565, 2566
2160, 2161, 2163, 2164, 2165, 2166, 2170, 2175, 2176, 2177, 2178
2753, 2754, 2755, 2756, 2757, 2758, 2754, 2765, 2775
2142, 2145, 2146, 2148, 2150, 2160, 2161, 2164
2168, 2170, 2171, 2172, 2173, 2174, 2178, 2179, 2555, 2556, 2557, 2565, 2745
2114, 2115, 2116, 2117, 2118, 2121, 2122, 2142, 2145, 2146, 2150, 2151, 2152, 2153, 2160, 2161, 2162
2178, 2745, 2747, 2748, 2749, 2750, 2753, 2555, 2759, 2760, 2765,
2560, 2568, 2569, 2570, 2571, 2572, 2573, 2574, 2745, 2752, 2787
* The Suburbs of Bucketty and Mogo Creek within the Hawkesbury City Council are also included for the purposes of GWS identification.
General Entry applicants.
To be eligible for a place in MBBS, applicants must meet three criteria -
- Academic threshold
- UMAT threshold
- Interview performance.
The School does not consider any other criteria.
The School can accommodate a maximum of 25% total intake per year as graduates. Once an applicant has completed a university degree, they are considered under the graduate category. However, if a graduate's GPA doesn't meet academic threshold but a further partially completed university degree does, that GPA can be considered. All graduate applicants must also sit the UMAT (not GAMSAT).
Criteria 1 – Academic Rank
Note: The below GPAs are on a 7 scale. If your GPA is calculated on a 4 scale, simply multiply your GPA by 1.75.
Note: A completed PhD or Masters (Hons) is deemed to have met academic threshold.
Non Greater Western Sydney applicants - ATAR (or equivalent) of 95.5
- Equivalency: IB 37 or higher; OP1 to 3; GCE of A*A*AA or higher; SAT >1840
- 1 semester full time undergraduate GPA = 6.5
- 1 year full time undergraduate GPA = 6.1
- More than 1 year but uncompleted undergraduate GPA = 6.0
- Completed undergraduate degree GPA = 5.6
- Completed Graduate Certificate = 6.5
- Completed Graduate Diploma = 6.1
- Completed Masters (coursework) = 5.6
Greater Western Sydney and Rural Entry Admission Scheme applicants - ATAR (or equivalent) of 93.5
- Equivalency: IB 35 or higher; OP 1 to 4, GCE of A*AAA or higher;
- 1 semester full time undergraduate GPA = 6.0
- 1 year full time undergraduate GPA = 5.7
- More than 1 year but uncompleted undergraduate GPA = 5.5
- Completed undergraduate degree GPA = 5.1
- Completed Graduate Certificate = 6.0
- completed Graduate Diploma = 5.7
- Completed Masters (coursework) = 5.1
Criteria 2 - UMAT
Applicants must register to sit the UMAT at a time determined by ACER. For details about registration and dates for the UMAT please see the ACER web page or contact ACER directly via:
Phone: (03) 9277 5746 International: (+61 3) 9277 5746
Fax: (03) 9277 5757 International: (+61 3) 9277 5757
The UMAT threshold can change each year and is impacted by the performance of all applicants competing for a place. The School of Medicine has a policy not to disclose the UMAT threshold. GWS applicants may have a slightly lower threshold than non-GWS applicants.
Applicants who meet both academic and UMAT thresholds are subsequently invited to interview. Final rankings for offers for the MBBS will be based on interview performance, plus UMAT scores (with a greater emphasis being on the interviews).
Criteria 3 - Interview (MMI)
The interview is a Multistation Mini Interview (MMI). This involves the applicant being asked a series of questions; each question is asked by a separate interviewer in a separate interview station. Applicants will have approximately eight minutes to respond to the question before being asked to move to the next interview station.