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University of Auckland

Auckland , North Island ,New Zealand

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

Our faculty has an international reputation for research and innovation, providing you with unrivalled access to various clinical environments.

This Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) programme is accredited by the Australian Medical Council on behalf of the Medical Council of New Zealand.

Entry into the MBChB is limited and competitive. You will be selected on the basis of academic merit, University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand (UCAT ANZ) performance and personal qualities exhibited during the admission interview (MMI). There are 257 domestic places available each year.

Campus Information

Grafton Campus

Originally established as the School of Medicine, the Grafton Campus (opposite Auckland Hospital on the boundary of Auckland Domain) houses the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, including a café, health services, and the Philson Library.

Intakes

  • Feb

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

COE
10 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Those who complete the Medical Programme are eligible to apply for provisional registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand. You might choose primary health care and work in general practice, or choose from a range of other specialist disciplines. Students interested in research may defer clinical MBChB studies after Part III and take a year pursuing a supervised research project of their choice to qualify for a BMedSc(Hons) degree before returning to complete their clinical training and graduating with both qualifications. We advise that the University of Auckland is not involved in the employment of graduates and can make no guarantee of post-qualification registration or employment in New Zealand or any other country.

PSW Opportunity

You can apply for a Post-study Work Visa for up to 3 years.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Category One: First Year entry from the BHSc or BSc (Biomedical Science) only
 
First year applicants need to complete the eight required courses (listed below) in the first year of either the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) or the Bachelor of Science (BSc) Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland. This needs to be completed on a full-time basis and in the year of application for MBChB. Only the first attempt for these courses will be considered for MBChB admission in the First Year category.

First Year BHSc courses:

  1. CHEM 110: Chemistry of the Living World
  2. BIOSCI 107: Biology for Biomedical Science - Cellular Processes and Development
  3. MEDSCI 142: Biology for Biomedical Science - Organ Systems
  4. POPLHLTH 111: Population Health
  5. POPLHLTH 101: Health Systems I
  6. POPLHLTH 102: Health and Society
  7. HLTHPSYC 122: Behaviour, Health and Development
  • General Education*

First Year BSc (Biomedical Science) courses:

  • CHEM 110: Chemistry of the Living World
  • BIOSCI 107: Biology for Biomedical Science - Cellular Processes and Development
  • MEDSCI 142: Biology for Biomedical Science - Organ Systems
  • POPLHLTH 111: Population Health
  • BIOSCI 101: Essential Biology: From Genomes to Organisms
  • PHYSICS 160: Physics for the Life Sciences
  • BIOSCI 106: Foundations of Biochemistry
  • General Education*

*General Education excluding BIOSCI 100G, MEDSCI 100G, MEDSCI 101G, POPLHLTH 103G, POPLHLTH 104G.

Important information about the impacts of Covid-19 on clinical programme entry for 2021

Students interested in applying for one of the limited entry Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences clinical programmes in 2021 should be aware of some COVID-related adjustments.

Students undertaking First-Year courses were required to sit the Clinical Selection Test (CST). Please continue to check the CST Canvas page which is updated regularly.

Your Semester Grade will be used for ‘Eligibility’. For 2021 admission, the combined Semester Grade + CST Grade will be used for ranking for ‘MMI invite’ and ‘Final Offer’.

The Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) will take place. Strategies for holding MMI at various alert levels are being finalised and more information will be provided about this soon.

Interview Eligibility

You will need to achieve a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.0 across all eight first year courses, with no fails, to be eligible for consideration for an admission interview (MMI – Multi Mini Interviews). The CST will not be used. 

Interview Ranking

If eligible, you will be ranked for an interview invitation. This ranking will be based on your grades in the four core courses (in bold above): BIOSCI 107, CHEM 110, MEDSCI 142, and POPLHLTH 111. For the courses completed in Semester 1, 2020 the grade will be the composite grade from your official Semester Grade and CST grade. If your final grades are not available at the time of interview ranking, an interim grade (highest possible) will be temporarily assigned. Official final results (combined with the CST grade) will be used for the final selection. 

Final Selection Ranking

Applicants will be offered admission to the program according to the rank order until the available places in the category are filled. Interviewed applicants’ final ranking is based on a weighting of the following components:

  • GPA for four core courses (combined with the respective CST grade for Sem 1 courses): 60%
  • Total scale UMAT score: 15%
  • Multi Mini Interview: 25%

Category Two: Graduate entry

To apply for the MBChB under the Graduate entry category, international applicants need to have completed a relevant degree on a full-time basis at a recognized university. Your last year of full-time study must be no more than five years prior to the year of application. Shortlisted international graduate applicants will be interviewed over Skype/phone. International Graduate applicants are not required to sit at UCAT ANZ.

Interview Eligibility

In order to be eligible for consideration for an admission interview (MMI – Multi Mini Interviews), domestic applicants will need to complete, normally in the minimum academic time and no more than five years prior to the date of application, a degree, postgraduate degree or postgraduate diploma from a New Zealand university with a cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 6.0 (B+) or equivalent.

Interview Ranking

If eligible you will be ranked for interview invitations. This ranking will be based on the cumulative GPA from your qualifying program. If your final grades are not available at the time of interview ranking, an interim grade (highest possible grade) will be temporarily assigned. Official final results will be used for the final selection.

Final Selection (Offer) Ranking

Applicants will be ranked for final offer selection based on a weighting of the following components:

  • Cumulative GPA from your qualifying programme: 60%
  • Total scale UCAT ANZ score: 15%
  • Multi Mini Interview: 25%

India

You need to have one of the following:

  • 12 years of schooling and an overall average of 75 percent in the All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSC), Indian School Certificate (ISC), Karnataka, Maharashtra, and West Bengal State Board Examinations with a minimum of 70 percent in English.
  • 12 years of schooling and an overall average of 80 percent in all other Higher Secondary State Board Examinations with a minimum of 75 percent in English.

Bangladesh

You need to have the following:

  • Entry from secondary school qualifications is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

You need to have the following:

  • Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects, with at least a ‘C’ grade or higher. General Studies or similar general paper cannot be included.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA, Pearson Education Limited, and CIE taken outside of New Zealand.