Medicine is a rewarding and dynamic vocation that encompasses a variety of health care practices for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.

Subject overview

Medicine is a field of study with exciting challenges and great rewards.

Studying Medicine will prepare you with the medical knowledge, clinical and research skills, attitudes, awareness and enthusiasm for a vocation in a range of medical fields.

You will also learn how to develop a rapport with patients from a diverse range of cultures - gaining their trust as well as learning how to work effectively with colleagues in other healthcare professions.

Medicine is available as undergraduate and postgraduate study, however school leavers cannot apply directly from school. 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 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biomedical Science 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.

During the early years of Medicine, you will study the basic medical and health sciences while being introduced to professional and clinical aspects of medical practice.

Later on in your study you will have the opportunity to work in hospital and community environments, as well as at least one year of study outside the area of the Auckland DHBs.

Medical study focuses on three important platforms of learning:

  • Students gain the generic knowledge, skills and attitudes that are common to all health professionals. Particular emphasis is placed on communication and cultural skills, team work, empathy and medico-legal ethics.
  • The platform emphasises the clinician as a scientist. This involves generating and using evidence to inform practice from basic science, clinical science, population health needs and Hauora Māori.
  • Students need to develop a range of specific professional skills.

Together, these three platforms are designed to ensure patients receive the relevant treatments in a supportive environment from a sound clinical reasoning approach.

You can also continue to study to further enhance your career with postgraduate study and specialise in certain areas. This also opens further opportunities to be a part of some valuable and important research.

Where can Medicine take you?

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.

  • Anaesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • 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.

Explore your study options in Medicine