To apply for BOptom as an undergraduate student you must complete the first year of the Bachelor of Science (BSc) (Biomedical Science) at the University of Auckland, or the Health Sciences First Year at the University of Otago. This must be completed on a full time basis and must include the following courses:
Option A: Bachelor of Science (BSc) Biomedical Science, University of Auckland
The remaining 30 points must comprise of:
- Either POPLHLTH111: Population Health OR one 15 point elective course from the Science schedule compatible with the Biomedical Science programme
- One 15 point General Education course listed in the Open or EMHSS Schedule (excluding BIOSCI100G, MEDSCI100G, MEDSCI101G, OPTOM101G, POPLHLTH103G).
Option B: University of Otago's Health Science First Year (HSFY)
Important information about the impacts of Covid-19 on clinical programme entry for 2021
Students interested in applying for one of the limited entry Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences clinical programmes in 2021 should be aware of some COVID-related adjustments.
Students undertaking First-Year courses were required to sit the Clinical Selection Test (CST). Please continue to check the CST Canvas page which is updated regularly.
Your Semester Grade will be used for ‘Eligibility’. For 2021 admission, the combined Semester Grade + CST Grade will be used for ranking for ‘MMI invite’ and ‘Final Offer’.
The Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) will take place. Strategies for holding MMI at various alert levels are being finalised and more information will be provided about this soon.
You will need to achieve a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.0 across all 8 first year courses, with no fails, to be eligible for consideration for an admission interview (MMI – Multi Mini Interviews). The CST will not be used.
If eligible, you will be ranked for interview invitation. This ranking will be based on your grades in the core courses (in bold above). For the courses completed in Semester 1, 2020 the grade will be the composite grade from your official Semester Grade and CST grade. 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 (combined with the CST grade) will be used for the final selection. Please see the CST page for more information.
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 will be based on a weighting of the following components:
- GPA for core course (combined with the respective CST grade for Sem 1 courses): 50%
- Multi Mini Interview: 50% (a minimum threshold will apply, this will be determined year to year)
Please note that selection criteria may change from year to year. For further information, refer to our FAQs or contact the Faculty directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.