Duration
Full-time: 6 years
Next start date
2019 Semester One – 25 February
2020 Semester One – 2 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 Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) programme is accredited by the Australian Medical Council on behalf of the Medical Council of New Zealand.

Entry into the MBChB is limited and competitive. You will be selected on the basis of academic merit, UMAT performance and personal qualities exhibited during the admission interview (MMI). There are 275 domestic places available each year.

There are two application categories for entry into the MBChB:

  • First year entry: First year applicants may apply from either
    the BHSc or BSc (Biomedical Science) at the University of Auckland
  • Graduate entry

School leavers cannot apply directly into the MBChB, they are advised to apply via First Year entry.

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.
• Shortlisted applicants will be subject to a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI).
Special entry schemes are available for domestic students.

 

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).

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Sample programme structure

Yr1 BHSc 120 points

  • Code:
    POPLHLTH 101
    Name:
    Health Systems 1
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    POPLHLTH 102
    Name:
    Health and Society
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    POPLHLTH 111
    Name:
    Population Health
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    HLTHPSYC 122
    Name:
    Behaviour, Health and Development
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    BIOSCI 107
    Name:
    Biology for Biomedical Science: Cellular Processes and Development
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    CHEM 110
    Name:
    Chemistry of the Living World
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    MEDSCI 142
    Name:
    Biology for Biomedical Science: Organ Systems
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Type:
    General Education course
    Points:
    15 pts

Yr1 BioMed 120 points

  • Code:
    BIOSCI 101
    Name:
    Essential Biology: From Genomes to Organisms
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    BIOSCI 106
    Name:
    Foundations of Biochemistry
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    PHYSICS 160
    Name:
    Physics for the Life Sciences
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    POPLHLTH 111
    Name:
    Population Health
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    BIOSCI 107
    Name:
    Biology for Biomedical Science: Cellular Processes and Development
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    CHEM 110
    Name:
    Chemistry of the Living World
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    MEDSCI 142
    Name:
    Biology for Biomedical Science: Organ Systems
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Type:
    General Education course
    Points:
    15 pts

Year 2 120 points

  • Code:
    MBCHB 221A/B
    Name:
    MBChB Part II
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    120 pts

Year 3 120 points

  • Code:
    MBCHB 321A/B
    Name:
    MBChB Part III
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    105 pts
  • Code:
    MBCHB 311A/B
    Name:
    Medical Humanities
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts

Year 4 120 points

  • Code:
    MBCHB 401A/B
    Name:
    MBChB Part IV
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    120 pts

Year 5 120 points

  • Code:
    MBCHB 501A/B
    Name:
    MBChB Part V
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    120 pts

Year 6 120 points

  • Code:
    MBCHB 551A/B
    Name:
    MBChB Part VI
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    120 pts

2019 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

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

First year applicants need to complete the eight required courses (listed below) in the first year of either the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) or the Bachelor of Science (BSc) Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland. This needs to be completed on a full time basis and in the year of application for MBChB. Only the first attempt for these courses will be considered for MBChB admission in the First Year category.
 
First Year BHSc courses:
First Year BSc (Biomedical Science) courses:
*General Education excluding BIOSCI 100G, MEDSCI 100G, MEDSCI 101G, POPLHLTH 103G, POPLHLTH 104G.
 
Interview Eligibility
You will need to achieve a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.0 across all eight first year courses, with no fails, to be eligible for consideration for an admission interview (MMI – Multi Mini Interviews).
 
Interview Ranking
If eligible, you will be ranked for interview invitation. This ranking will be based on your grades in the four core courses (in bold above): BIOSCI 107, CHEM 110, MEDSCI 142, and POPLHLTH 111. 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

Applicants will be offered admission to the programme according to the rank order until the available places in the category are filled. Interviewed applicants’ final ranking is based on a weighting of the following components:

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

Please note that selection criteria may change from year to year. For further information, refer to our FAQs or contact the Faculty directly on fmhs@auckland.ac.nz.

Category Two: Graduate Entry

Domestic applicants (citizens and permanent residents of NZ and Australia):
To apply for the MBChB under the Graduate entry category, domestic applicants need to have completed a degree/degrees on a full-time basis at a New Zealand university. Your last year of full-time study must be 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 your previous study, you may need to undertake some or all of the First Year courses before commencing Part II. If you are required to take Part I courses, you must pass all these courses within one year in order to proceed to Part II. This will be assessed as part of your application for admission.

International applicants:
To apply for the MBChB under the Graduate entry category, international applicants need to have completed a relevant degree on a full time basis at a recognised university. Your last year of full time study must be no more than five years prior to the year of application. Shortlisted international graduate applicants will be interviewed over Skype/phone.

Interview Eligibility
Domestic applicants will need to achieve a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.0 across 3 years of full time study to be eligible for consideration for an admission interview (MMI – Multi Mini Interviews). If a graduate applicant has completed more than three years of full time study, the best three years of study will be used for GPA calculations.

Interview Ranking
If eligible you will be ranked for interview invitations. Thi sranking will be based on the GPA from your last two academic years of full time study in completed qualification/s. The best 120 points (or equivalent) per year are used for GPA calculations, summer school courses are only included if they are Stage II or above. If your final grades are not available at the time of interview ranking, an interim grade (highest possible grade) will be temporarily assigned. Official final results will be used for the final selection.

Final Selection Ranking
Applicants will be ranked for selection based on a weighting of the following components:

  • GPA for last two years of study: 60%
  • Total raw UMAT score: 15%
  • Multi Mini Interview: 25%

Please note that selection criteria may change from year to year. For further information, refer to our FAQs or contact the Faculty directly on fmhs@auckland.ac.nz.

Other pathways to study

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

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

First year applicants need to complete the eight required courses (listed below) in the first year of either the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) or the Bachelor of Science (BSc) Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland. This needs to be completed on a full time basis and in the year of application for MBChB. Only the first attempt for these courses will be considered for MBChB admission in the First Year category.

First Year BHSc courses:

First Year BSc (Biomedical Science) courses:

*General Education excluding BIOSCI 100G, MEDSCI 100G, MEDSCI 101G, POPLHLTH 103G, POPLHLTH 104G.

Interview Eligibility
You will need to achieve a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.0 across all eight first year courses, with no fails, to be eligible for consideration for an admission interview (MMI – Multi Mini Interviews).

Interview Ranking
Eligible applicants are ranked for interview invitation based on their grades in the four core courses (in bold above): BIOSCI 107, CHEM 110, MEDSCI 142, and POPLHLTH 111. 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
Applicants will be offered admission to the programme according to the rank order until the available places in the category are filled. Interviewed applicants’ final ranking is based on a weighting of the following components:

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

Please note that selection criteria may change from year to year. For further information, refer to our FAQs or contact the Faculty directly on fmhs@auckland.ac.nz.

Category Two: Graduate entry

Domestic applicants (citizens and permanent residents of NZ and Australia):
To apply for the MBChB under the Graduate entry category, domestic applicants need to have completed a degree/degrees on a full time basis at a New Zealand university. Your last year of full time study must be 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 your previous study you may need to undertake part or all of the First Year courses before commencing Part II. 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. This will be assessed as part of your application for admission.

International applicants:
To apply for the MBChB under the Graduate entry category, international applicants need to have completed a relevant degree on a full time basis at a recognised university. Your last year of full time study must be no more than five years prior to the year of application. Shortlisted international graduate applicants will be interviewed over Skype/phone.

Interview Eligibility
Domestic applicants will need to achieve a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.0 across 3 years of full time study to be eligible for consideration for an admission interview (MMI – Multi Mini Interviews). If a graduate applicant has completed more than three years of full time study, the best three years of study will be used for GPA calculations.

Interview Ranking
Eligible applicants are ranked for interview invitations based on the GPA from their last two academic years of full time study in completed qualification/s. The best 120 points (or equivalent) per year are used for GPA calculations, summer school courses are only included if they are Stage II or above. If your final grades are not available at the time of interview ranking, an interim grade (highest possible grade) will be temporarily assigned. Official final results will be used for the final selection.

Final Selection Ranking
Applicants will be ranked for selection based on a weighting of the following components:

  • GPA for last two years of study: 60%
  • Total raw UMAT score: 15%
  • Multi Mini Interview: 25%

Please note that selection criteria may change from year to year. For further information, refer to our FAQs or contact the Faculty directly on fmhs@auckland.ac.nz.

Other pathways to study

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

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

2019 fees

Domestic students
NZ$7,058.40 – $15,691.20*
International students
NZ$74,354*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 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 $7.06 per point, estimated at $847.20 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

Important information for MBChB Applicants

If you are intending to apply for the MBChB programme, please note it does not follow the standard University semester system so it is important that you note the following dates and ensure you are available for them.

Year 2 commences on Monday 19 February 2018 and ends on Friday 2 November 2018.

Study breaks and vacation dates are:
30 March – 12 April 2018
23 June – 8 July 2018
27 August – 7 September 2018

Application closing dates

Semester One 2019
Domestic 1 October 2018
International 1 December 2018

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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. We advise that the University of Auckland is not involved in the employment of graduates and can make no guarantee of post-qualification registration or employment in New Zealand or any other country.

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