Studying Medicine is highly challenging but extremely rewarding, and will give you the medical knowledge, clinical and research skills, attitudes, awareness and enthusiasm for a vocation in any field of medicine. 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.

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 for entry into the MBChB.

Areas of study

During the early years of Medicine, students study the basic medical and health sciences while being introduced to professional and clinical aspects of medical practice. Study in Years 2 and 3 is entirely based in Auckland.
From Year 4, students learn predominantly in hospital and community environments, with rotating study in a number of disciplines for 35 to 42 weeks of the year. Students are required to complete at least one year of study outside the area of the Auckland DHBs during Years 4, 5 and 6.

You can study Medicine in the following programmes:

What you will learn

The educational experience of our trainee doctors has the core value of improving the health of patients and communities and striving for equity of outcomes and access for all patients. This requires the integration of three platforms of learning. One is 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. Medicine also 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. Lastly, there is the 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.

Career opportunities

Careers include primary healthcare and general practice, or a range of specialist disciplines, including dermatology, emergency medicine, general medicine, geriatric medicine, gynaecology, medical research and education, neurology, obstetrics, oncology, paediatrics, pathology, psychiatry, public health, radiology and surgery.