Entry and interview

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

MBChB applicants are selected on the basis of academic merit,
UMAT 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.

UMAT

All MBChB applicants (except international graduates) are required to sit the Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) in the year of application. UMAT is not required for BOptom, BMedImag(Hons) and BPharm applications.

Access and register for UMAT online:

Registration opens in December each year until the registration deadline which is usually in the beginning of June of each year. The actual UMAT test takes place in late July of each year.  

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 (Biomedical Science) 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)

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