A qualification from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences can take you in
a wide range of careers.
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
Careers include primary healthcare and general practice, or in 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.
Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Pharmacists work in a range of industries related to the manufacture,
prescription and provision of medicines. Government agencies regulate the
quality and availability of drugs, pharmaceutical companies research and trial
new compounds, community and hospital pharmacists liaise with the public and
other health professionals on the safe and effective use of medicines. Graduates
of the BPharm can expect to gain employment in any of these areas and may find
rewarding positions in related industries such as medical publishing or
The degree may also be used as a basic qualification leading to postgraduate
study in pharmacology, health science or toxicology.
Potential careers include community or hospital pharmacist, health sector
manager, medicines information pharmacist or prescribing adviser. Additionally,
there are opportunities in other related areas such as medical publishing or
Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs)
Graduates of the BNurs will have an immediate advantage in the job market. With
modern health provision increasingly focused on integrated care, where teams of
health professionals work together to provide the best treatment possible, it is
vital that tomorrow's nurses are trained in a multidisciplinary environment with
extensive clinical experience. The University of Auckland's education of nurses
alongside medical, pharmacy and health sciences students will equip its
graduates with practical experience and an understanding of other allied health
Potential careers include advanced nurse practitioner, community, gerontology,
paediatric, hospital, primary healthcare or mental health nurse, or nurse
educator, manager or researcher.
Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc)
For most BHSc students, the degree will lead to careers in a non-clinical field
of healthcare. Nearly 50% of all people working in healthcare are involved in
non-clinical fields. The degree prepares students for these non-clinical careers
by providing an understanding of the social dimensions of health and health
services, and by providing skills in identifying, designing and evaluating
initiatives to improve the health of populations.
Career opportunities include health promotion, health policy analysts,
medico-legal solicitors, medical anthropologists and geographers, hospital and
pharmaceutical managers, medical charity or community group workers and health
information managers, and many others in healthcare organisations. Students may
apply for entry to the faculty's medicine, nursing or pharmacy programmes at the
end of their first year of health science study. The BHSc may also be used as a
basic qualification leading to graduate study in public health, health science
or health management.
Certificate in Health Sciences (CertHSc)
Graduates in this area often move into careers in health promotion, health
policy, healthcare management and health information services. Diverse
employment opportunities exist with district health boards, non-governmental and
governmental health agencies and private healthcare providers.
Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
Our biomedical science graduates work in some of the world's most rapidly
advancing scientific fields. Opportunities exist in universities, research
institutes, pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries as well as in private sector
agencies both in New Zealand and overseas.
Career information, planning and advice
The University of Auckland offers services to help you plan your career.
Career Development and Employment Services (CDES)