Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)

Students applying for the MBChB, BOptom, BPharm, BMedImag(Hons), MAud and MHSc Nutrition and Dietetics must complete Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI). The process for MMI has changed for 2021.

The MMIs are a compulsory part of the application process for the clinical programmes mentioned on the ‘Entry and Interview’ page:

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
  • Bachelor of Optometry (BOptom)
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
  • Bachelor of Medical Imaging (Honours) (BMedImag(Hons))
  • Master of Audiology (MAud)
  • Master of Health Sciences in Nutrition and Dietetics (MHSc Nutrition and Dietetics)

Purpose of the MMI

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

  • Fluency in oral English
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Resilience and adaptability in responding to challenges
  • Commitment to self-reflection and life-long learning
  • Ability to lead and contribute positively within groups
  • Awareness of the nature of the health profession
  • A strong commitment to the study and practice of health care
  • Empathy, sensitivity, and enthusiasm for people and their well-being
  • Social responsibility including an awareness of prevailing community needs and global health issues
  • Commitment to supporting safe, inclusive, and equitable access to health care for all people in Aotearoa, New Zealand, including:
    • Māori as tangata whenua of Aotearoa
    • Pacific communities
    • LGBTQITakatāpui+ communities
    • Those living with disabilities
    • Refugees
    • Those living in material hardship/poverty
    • Multifaceted communities and cultures
    • Others experiencing inequities in society and health*
  • Well-rounded abilities and interests across a variety of areas

For more information on the general MMI and interview selection, please email the FMHS Student Centre:

*Refer to University of Auckland Equity Policy and identified equity groups.

Before the MMI

Once applications close on 1 October 2021, the FMHS Clinical Admissions team will begin to assess applications in the relevant entry categories (i.e. General, MAPAS, UTAS and RRAS) for all of the clinical programmes.

It is expected that offers for interviews will be released between 2-5 November 2021. We know it can be hard to concentrate during this waiting period, but please try and stay focussed on your Semester Two final exams (if applicable).

If you are shortlisted for the above programmes, you will need to participate in the general Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). Shortlisted MAPAS applicants will need to participate in both a general MMI and a MAPAS MMI.

All 2021 MMIs (for 2022 entry) will take place from 16-26 November.

Due to the impact of Covid-19 and in order to ensure the MMIs can proceed under any Alert Level, all General MMIs in 2021 will be held online. Applicants who are unable to participate in their scheduled interview(s) will not be considered further.

Shortlisted applicants who apply and are considered for more than one clinical programme in one year will be offered and will need to attend one general MMI and one MAPAS MMI (if applicable). The results of the MMIs will be used for all relevant applications.

What do I need for an online interview?

You will need the following for your online interviews:

  1. A photograph to upload as your profile picture for the interview
  2. A computer or laptop with a webcam and microphone (note you cannot use your mobile phone). Your webcam is required to be turned on for the duration of the interview.*
  3. Stable internet for the duration of the interview.
  4. A quiet, comfortable space to complete the interview.
    • You must be alone in the room and be able to close the door.
    • This is a closed interview. You may not have any books, written notes, cellphones, recording devices, additional technology or watches with you in the room. You are permitted to have a clear drink bottle. Note-taking during the MMIs will not be permitted.
    • If you do not have access to an appropriate space, device or internet, depending on the current Alert Level, there may be a limited number of on-campus rooms you can book through the Library. Room bookings are available in person or by phone during Philson Library opening hours. Please book well in advance:
      • Visit the Philson Library Help Desk (Building 503-107)
      • Phone the Philson Library Help Desk +64 9 923 5532
      • Email via Ask Us (under Contact us on the Library website)

A limited number of laptops will be available for borrowing, please bring your Campus ID Card. 

*NB: the interview session will not be recorded.

Interview link

You will receive an individual link once the interview schedule is finalised. We anticipate this notification process will commence in the week prior to the MMI.

Please note that the shortlisted MAPAS applicants will receive two separate inivations, one for the General MMI and one for the MAPAS MMI. MAPAS candidates must attend both MMI sessions.

During the MMI

For 2021, we have had to modify the way the interview process works.

General MMIs

We are finalising the details of how the MMI will run online and we will update this webpage in due course.  


We are finalising the details of how the MMI will run and we will update this webpage in due course.

The MAPAS MMI will cover content associated with academic preparation, cultural identity, whānau (family/community) issues, MAPAS expectations and social consciousness.  

The MAPAS interviewers include faculty and University staff members and invited members of the wider community.

For more information on the MAPAS MMI and interview selection, please email:

After the MMI

What happens next?

Following your interviews (and during all regular business hours), we will have Student Support Advisors (SSAs) from the FMHS Student Centre and MAPAS SSAs available if you need to talk to someone about pastoral issues.

NOTE – these staff are not part of the clinical admissions process, and cannot provide any advice on anything around the likelihood of getting an offer, what your academic options might be etc. They are an independent person with whom you can debrief, if you need to. You can also do this with friends, whānau or colleagues. The interview process can be stressful for some people, so we do encourage you to seek support, if you need it:

General MMI

Once all general MMIs have been completed, the scores are collated and combined with the other elements for programme admission selection including final GPA and UCAT (if applicable), and all applicants will be ranked in their respective application categories.


Once all MAPAS MMIs have been completed, the MAPAS Admissions Panel meet to review all data available for MAPAS selection including the MAPAS MMI outcomes, the general MMI outcomes, academic outcomes and UCAT (if applicable). MAPAS applicants will be reviewed from a holistic perspective for programme offer ranking.

The final offer of programme places for all applicants (i.e. general, MAPAS, UTAS and RRAS) are then finalised at a meeting of the relevant programme Admissions Committee and offers are released to all applicants. This is expected to take place in late December 2021 for this year.