Careers in Medicine

Is a career in medicine for you?

Dr Hazel Wilks is a Postgraduate year 2 House Officer at Rotorua Hospital

Being a doctor is a rewarding career where you can make a real difference to the health of your patients, their families and communities.

Studying takes around six years to complete and will equip you with medical, clinical and research skills for any field of medicine.

As you progress through your study you will do placements at hospitals so you get hands-on practical experience.

There are many possible career options in medicine. You may want to become a general practitioner (GP) or specialise in one of the fields below.

  • Dermatology
  • Emergency medicine
  • General medicine
  • Geriatric medicine
  • Gynaecology
  • Medical research and education
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics
  • Oncology
  • Paediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Psychiatry
  • Public health
  • Radiology
  • Surgery

Once you have completed your study, you will then move on to working in a hospital as a supervised junior doctor or junior house surgeon. You can also continue to study to further enhance your career. This also opens further opportunities to be a part of some valuable and important research.

To apply for our Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery programme, you must first complete your first year of either our Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) or Biomedical Science (BSc) here at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. You can also apply if you have completed a relevant degree such as health sciences or biomedical sciences elsewhere.