Entry and interview

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

UMAT

All applicants are required to sit the Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) in the year of application. 

Access and register for UMAT online.

Registration opens in December each year. The registration deadline is approximately the beginning of June of each year, with the actual UMAT test taking place in late July of each year.   

Entry Categories

If you have decided to study medicine, there are 2 application categories for application.

  • Graduate entry
  • First year BHSc or BSC (Biomedical Science)

Graduate entry

Graduates who achieve a minimum GPA of 6.0 (B+ average) across a degree from any New Zealand university are eligible for consideration for an admissions interview. Where an applicant has completed a degree in more than three years, the best three years of full-time study will be considered in the GPA calculation.

Graduate applicants must have undertaken their degree on a full-time basis and the last year of full-time study should have been no more than five years prior to the application.

All eligible applicants will then be ranked and shortlisted for interview based on their GPA from their last two academic years of full-time study only and each year will be weighted equally. If the applicant has taken more than 120 points in any academic year, only the best 120 points will be considered.

Please note that the points achieved per course cannot be divided when the best 120 points are considered. This includes Summer School, where the courses taken are at stage 2 or higher.

Summer semester Semester 1 Semester 2 GPA calculation
0 3 4 All 7 courses
0 4 3 All 7 courses
0 4 4 All 8 courses
1* 3 4 All 8 courses
1* 4 3 All 8 courses
1* 4 4 Best 120 points
2* 3 4 Best 120 points
2* 4 3 Best 120 points
2* 4 4 Best 120 points

Must be stage 2 or higher

The faculty may permit graduate applicants to be admitted to Part II of the MBChB programme, or require them to undertake part or all of the First Year courses initially, depending on the nature of previous studies.

If such students are directed to take Part I courses, they must pass all these courses clearly within one year in order to proceed to Part II.

Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)

Entry to the Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) is limited and competitive. Students will be selected on the basis of academic merit and personal qualities exhibited during a selection interview.

There are 110 places available in the BPharm programme each year.

All short-listed candidates will be required to attend selection interviews at the faculty during late-November/early December each year.

Bachelor of Optometry (BOptom)

Entry to the Bachelor of Optometry (BOptom) is at Part II and is limited and competitive. Students will be selected on the basis of academic merit and personal qualities exhibited during a selection interview.

Entry into Part II of the programme is limited to 60 places each year. 

Please note that selection criteria may change from year to year.

Interview process

If you have been shortlisted for the programmes below, you will need to attend an interview:

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
  • Bachelor of Optometry
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • Certificate in Health Sciences

If you have applied under an alternative admission for the Bachelor of Nursing you will also attend a selection interview.

The interviews are a compulsory part of the process for the programmes mentioned above. All interviews are held in Auckland, and applicants need to be available to attend if invited.