Entry and interview

Important update regarding the impacts of Covid-19 on clinical programme entry for 2021 for University of Auckland First Year/ Undergraduate applicants, and international or domestic students with conditional offers

As previously indicated, the faculty has been working with first year core course directors, clinical programme leaders, and other key University staff on a solution to accommodate changes to assessments for Semester One 2020 and any impact that may have on selection for Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) and subsequent programme selection. We would like to signal to you what we are intending to do. Please note that what is being proposed has been approved by the faculty but is subject to approval by the University’s Council and therefore subject to change.

We are proposing to introduce a ‘Clinical Selection Test’ (CST) in addition to the existing selection tools for MMI (GPA) and programme selection (GPA, MMI, UCAT- MBChB only) for students who have completed University of Auckland first year core courses in Semester One 2020. An indicative date for the CST is Saturday 1 August 2020 from 10am - 1pm. This is subject to confirmation via the University’s usual approval processes for Programme Limitations which we expect to be completed by mid-July.

Note: Final course grades will be used for selection purposes and final ranking i.e. if you have opted to have a ‘Pass’ grade recorded on your transcript (for those whose final grades falls between C- and C+), the actual course grade will be used.

Please note the AskAuckland website and questions will be updated with this message over the coming days.

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

MBChB applicants are selected on the basis of academic merit, UCAT ANZ performance and personal qualities exhibited during the admission interview (MMI).

There are two application categories for entry into the MBChB:

1. First year entry: First year applicants may apply from either the BHSc or BSc (Biomedical Science) at the University of Auckland

2. Graduate entry

For more information on application categories and selection criteria see: Entry requirements for MBChB.

UCAT ANZ (University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand)

All MBChB applicants (except international graduates) are required to sit the UCAT ANZ in the year of application to MBChB.

UCAT ANZ is not required for BMedImag(Hons), BOptom, BPharm, MAud or MHSc NUDI applications.

Applicants must be familiar with the Compulsory Declaration which can be found on the MBChB portal under 'Guidebooks'.

Bachelor of Optometry (BOptom)

BOptom applicants are selected on the basis of academic merit and personal qualities exhibited during the admission interview (MMI).

There are two application categories for entry into the BOptom:

  1. Undergraduate entry: First year applicants may apply from either the BSc (Biomedical Science) at the University of Auckland or the HSFY at the University of Otago
  2. Graduate entry

For more information on application categories and selection criteria
see: Entry requirements for BOptom

Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)

BPharm applicants are selected on the basis of academic merit and personal qualities exhibited during the admission interview (MMI).

There are two application categories for entry into the BPharm:

  1. First year entry: First year applicants may apply from either the BHSc or BSc at the University of Auckland
  2. Alternative Admission entry

For more information on application categories and selection criteria see: Entry requirements for BPharm

Bachelor of Medical Imaging (Hons) (BMedImag(Hons))

BMedImag(Hons) applicants are selected on the basis of academic merit and personal qualities exhibited during the admission interview (MMI).

There are two application categories for entry into the BMedImag(Hons):

  1. Undergraduate entry: First year applicants may apply from either the BSc (Biomedical Science) at the University of Auckland or the HSFY at the University of Otago
  2. Graduate entry

For more information on application categories and selection criteria see: Entry requirements for BMedImag(Hons)

Master of Audiology (MAud)

MAud applicants are selected on the basis of academic merit and personal qualities exhibited during the admission interview (MMI).

For more information on application categories and selection criteria see: Entry requirements for MAud.

Master of Health Sciences in Nutrition and Dietetics (MHSc Nutrition and Dietetics)

MHSc Nutrition and Dietetics applicants are selected on the basis of academic merit and personal qualities exhibited during the admission interview (MMI).

For more information on application categories and selection criteria see: Entry requirements for MHSc Nutrition and Dietetics.

Multi Mini Interviews (MMI)

If you are shortlisted for the above programmes, you will need to attend a Multi Mini Interview (MMI). Interviews take place from mid-November to early December.

The MMI are a compulsory part of the process for the programmes mentioned above. All interviews are held in person at Grafton Campus in Auckland. Applicants who are unable to attend their scheduled interview will not be considered further.

Shortlisted applicants who apply and are considered for more than one clinical programme (Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy and Medical Imaging) in one year will be offered one MMI. The results of the MMI will be used for all relevant applications.

The interview component comprises of 8 Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) stations. Each station has one interviewer and takes 8 minutes to complete: 2 minutes for the applicant to read and think over the given scenario and 6 minutes interview. The interviewers include faculty staff members and invited members of the wider community.

The MMI assesses non-academic qualities that are important for those pursuing a healthcare career, including:

  • Maturity
  • Leadership
  • Social responsibility
  • A strong commitment to the study and practice
  • Humanistic qualities such as empathy and sensitivity
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Fluency in English
  • A strong academic background in sciences
  • An enthusiasm for life-long learning
  • A wide knowledge of New Zealand's multifaceted communities and cultures
  • Awareness of prevailing health needs and community issues
  • Awareness of the nature of the health profession
  • Certainty about career choice
  • Enthusiasm for people and their well-being
  • All round abilities and interests across a wide variety of activities

If you are shortlisted for entry into the Bachelor of Nursing under alternative admission you will attend a separate selection interview.

For more information on MMI and interview selection, please email the FMHS Student Centre: fmhs@auckland.ac.nz

Admission feedback and appeal guidelines

An applicant may request feedback on their MMI performance if all of their clinical applications were unsuccessful. Feedback must be requested within 3 months of the MMI and may be obtained by emailing fmhs@auckland.ac.nz

Please note that the grounds for appeal are limited to matters of process related to the prescribed application procedure. It cannot consider matters of professional judgement.