Students must follow one of two pathways in order to study Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at university: the undergraduate entry pathway or the postgraduate entry pathway. For students who want to pursue careers in the industries mentioned above, one of the major questions they need to ask themselves is: “Which pathway of medical entrance in Australia should I choose?”
The Undergraduate pathway involves entering the relevant course at an undergraduate level (eg. School leavers) whereas the postgraduate pathway means that students are required to have an undergraduate degree before they enter the course. Immediately benefits can be seen in the undergraduate entrance system. Students are able to enter their desired courses straight away and don’t need to worry about getting an undergraduate degree first. This can shorten the time they will be studying at university by 1-2 years as they only need to undertake one degree rather than two.
In general, entrance into undergraduate Medicine, Dentistry or Health Sciences is based on three criteria:
- ATAR Score (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank – year 12 results),
- UMAT Score (Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admissions Test) and;
- Interview Score or oral assessment
On the other hand, students who wish to take the postgraduate entrance pathway must first attain an undergraduate degree as well as sitting the GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test), a test which is considered to be much more difficult than the UMAT, as it has university level required knowledge. Essentially, undergraduate entrance is the best for you, whereas postgraduate entrance is best for the university.