Duration
Full-time: 6 Years
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2019 Semester One – 4 March
Available locations
Grafton
Points
720
Programme type
Undergraduate

Programme overview

Our Faculty has an international reputation for research and innovation, providing you with unrivalled access to various clinical environments. This programme is accredited by the Australian Medical Council on behalf of the Medical Council of New Zealand.

You need to apply for the first year of either the Bachelor of Health Sciences or Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science. School leavers cannot apply directly into the MBChB.

There are two application categories for entry into the MBChB:

  • Category One: First year BHSc or BSc (Biomedical Science)
  • Category Two: Graduate admission

Please note:

  • You can only have two attempts at applying to the MBChB programme.
  • Entry criteria may change every year
  • You will be required to sit the Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) in the year of application.
  • Special entry quotas available for domestic students only

Programme structure

  • The MBChB is a six-year programme including Year One (Part I) of the Bachelor of Health Sciences or the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science (105 points).
  • In Year One (Part I) one 15-point course  is required from the General Education Schedule approved for this degree.
  • In Year Two (Part II) you are required to complete a core course that focuses on the basic medical and health sciences while being introduced to professional and clinical aspects of medical practice (120 points).
  • In Year Three (Part III) you have two core courses: Medical Humanities and a course focussing on human health and illness (120 points).
  • In Year Four (Part IV) you learn predominantly in hospital and community environments, with rotating study in a number of disciplines for 35 to 42 weeks of the year (120 points).
  • In Year Five (Part V) you may apply to study on the year-long regional-rural programme (Pūkawakawa) based in Whangarei and small surrounding rural environments in Northland. You are required to complete a five-week elective (120 points).
  • In Year Six (Part VI) you complete an 8-week Elective. You are strongly encouraged to complete this overseas. In this year there is also the opportunity to undertake an 11-week Research Project (120 points).
  • All six years must be passed in their entirety before you are permitted to graduate with the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB).

Check out our Faculty's frequently asked questions

2017 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Category One: First Year entry from the BHSc or BSc (Biomedical Science) only

In the year of application to the MBChB, you must complete (within one academic year, excluding summer semester) the eight required first-year courses listed below in either the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) or the Bachelor of Science (BSc Biomedical Science) at the University of Auckland.
 
First Year BHSc courses:
  • BIOSCI 107
  • CHEM 110
  • HLTHPSYC 122
  • MEDSCI 142
  • POPLHLTH 101
  • POPLHLTH 102
  • POPLHLTH 111
  • General Education, excluding BIOSCI 100G, MEDSCI 100G, MEDSCI 101G, POPLHLTH 103G, POPLHLTH 104G
First Year BSc (Biomedical Science) courses:
  • BIOSCI 101
  • BIOSCI 106
  • BIOSCI 107
  • CHEM 110
  • MEDSCI 142
  • PHYSICS 160
  • POPLHLTH 111
  • General Education, excluding BIOSCI 100G, MEDSCI 100G, MEDSCI 101G, POPLHLTH 103G, POPLHLTH 104G
You should be aware that only the first attempt for these courses will be considered for MBChB admission in the First Year category.
 
Interview Eligibility
Following the successful completion of the first-year courses, you will need to have achieved a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.0 across all eight courses, with no fails, to be eligible for consideration for an admissions interview.
 
Interview Ranking
Eligibile applicants are ranked for interview invitation based on the grades in the following four core courses: BIOSCI 107, CHEM 110, MEDSCI 142, and POPLHLTH 111.
 
Please note that if your final grades are not available at the time of interview ranking, an interim grade (highest possible) will be temporarily assigned. Official final results will be used for the final selection.
 
Final Selection Ranking

Interviewed applicants’ final ranking is based on a weighting of the following components:

  • GPA for four core courses: 60%
  • Total raw UMAT score: 15%
  • Interview: 25%

Applicants will be offered admission to the programme in accordance to the rank order until the available places in the category are filled.

Category Two: Graduate Entry

In order to apply for the MBChB under the Graduate entry category, you need to have completed a degree/degrees on a full-time basis at a New Zealand university, with the last year of full-time study no more than five years prior to the year of application.

A minimum of 105 points over Semesters One and Two per academic calendar year is required to be considered as full-time for MBChB admission.

Depending on the nature of your previous studies, the faculty may permit you to be admitted to Part II of the MBChB programme, or may require you to undertake part or all of the First Year courses initially. If you are required to take Part I courses, you must pass all these courses clearly within one year in order to proceed to Part II.

Interview Eligibility

You need to have achieved a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) or Grade Point Equivalent (GPE) of 6.0 across your degree(s) to be eligibile for interview consideration. If you have completed your degree(s) on a full-time basis over more than three years, your best three years of full-time study will be considered.

Interview Ranking

Eligible applicants are ranked for interview invitation consideration based on the GPA or GPE from the last two academic years of full-time study, with each year weighted equally.

Please note:

  • If you have taken more than 120 points (one year of full-time equivalent study) in any academic year, only the best 120 points will be considered when ranking you for interview invitation.
  • Stage One Summer School courses are excluded from interview ranking GPA/GPE calculations.
  • Points achieved per course cannot be divided when the best 120 points are considered.
  • If your final grades are not available at the time of interview ranking, an interim grade (highest possible) will be temporarily assigned. Official final results will be used for the final selection.

Final Selection Ranking
Interviewed applicants’ final ranking is based on a weighting of the following components:

  • GPA/GPE for last two years of full-time study: 60%
  • Total raw UMAT score: 15%
  • Interview: 25%

Applicants will be offered admission to the programme in accordance to the rank order until the available places in the category are filled.

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

Planning to study in 2018?

Download the 2018 programme-specific entry requirements

Download the 2018 programme-specific entry requirements

Category One: First Year entry from the BHSc or BSc (Biomedical Science) only

In the year of application, you must complete (within one academic year, excluding summer semester) the eight required first-year courses listed below in either the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) or the Bachelor of Science (BSc Biomedical Science) at the University of Auckland. 

First Year BHSc courses:

  • BIOSCI 107
  • CHEM 110
  • HLTHPSYC 122
  • MEDSCI 142
  • POPLHLTH 101
  • POPLHLTH 102
  • POPLHLTH 111
  • General Education, excluding BIOSCI 100G, MEDSCI 100G, MEDSCI 101G, POPLHLTH 103G, POPLHLTH 104G

First Year BSc (Biomedical Science) courses:

  • BIOSCI 101
  • BIOSCI 106
  • BIOSCI 107
  • CHEM 110
  • MEDSCI 142
  • PHYSICS 160
  • POPLHLTH 111
  • General Education, excluding BIOSCI 100G, MEDSCI 100G, MEDSCI 101G, POPLHLTH 103G, POPLHLTH 104G

You should be aware that only the first attempt for these courses will be considered for MBChB admission in the First Year category.

Interview Eligibility
Following the successful completion of the first-year courses, you will need to have achieved a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.0 across all eight courses, with no fails, to be eligible for consideration for an admissions interview.

Interview Ranking
Eligible applicants are ranked for interview invitation based on the grades in the following four core courses: BIOSCI 107, CHEM 110, MEDSCI 142, and POPLHLTH 111.

Please note that if your final grades are not available at the time of interview ranking, an interim grade (highest possible) will be temporarily assigned. Official final results will be used for the final selection.

Final Selection Ranking
Interviewed applicants’ final ranking is based on a weighting of the following components:

  • GPA over four core courses: 60%
  • Total raw UMAT score: 15%
  • Interview: 25%

Applicants will be offered admission to the programme in accordance to the rank order until the available places in the category are filled.

Category Two: Graduate entry

In order to apply for the MBChB under the Graduate entry category, you need to have completed a relevant degree/degrees on a full-time basis at a recognised universit (or similar institution), with the last year of full-time study no more than five years prior to the year of application.

The UMAT is not required for international graduate applicants.

Interview Eligibility
You must have achieved a minimum Grade Point Equivalent (GPE) of 6.0 across your degree(s) to be eligible for interview consideration. If you have completed your degree(s) on a full-time basis over more than three years, your best three years of full-time study will be considered.

Interview Ranking
Eligible applicants are ranked for interview invitation consideration based on the GPE from the last two academic years of full-time study, with each year weighted equally.

Please note that if your final grades are not available at the time of interview ranking, an interim grade (highest possible) will be temporarily assigned. Official final results will be used for the final selection.

Final Selection Ranking
Interviewed applicants’ final ranking is based on a weighting of the following components:

  • Last two full-time year GPA: 50%
  • Interview: 50%

Applicants will be offered admission to the programme in accordance to the rank order until the available places in the category are filled.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.5, no bands less than 7.0. See alternative English language requirements.

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

Planning to study in 2018?

Download the 2018 programme-specific entry requirements

Download the 2018 programme-specific entry requirements

How much does a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery cost per year?

2017 fees

Domestic students
NZ$15,082.80*
International students
NZ$72,896*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2017 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.38 per point, estimated at $765.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Key dates

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
1 October 2017

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Where could this programme take you?

Those who complete the Medical Programme are eligible to apply for provisional registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand. You might choose primary health care and work in general practice, or choose from a range of other specialist disciplines. Students interested in research may defer clinical MBChB studies after Part III and take a year pursuing a supervised research project of their choice to qualify for a BMedSc(Hons) degree before returning to complete their clinical training and graduating with both qualifications.

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