Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Bachelor of Pharmacy entry requirements

Entry to the Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) is limited and competitive. Students will be selected on the basis of academic merit and personal qualities exhibited during a selection interview. 110 places will be available in the BPharm programme each year: 100 for domestic applicants, and 10 for international applicants.

All short-listed candidates will be required to attend selection interviews at the faculty during late-November/early December each year. For further details, please check Important dates

Please note:

  • Applications close 1 October: Late or incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.
  • Entry criteria may change from year to year. For the latest information, applicants should consult this website, the faculty prospectus or the Faculty Admissions Office.

Entry Categories


1. First Year (FY)

FY applicants must complete the eight courses specified below in the year of their application to the BPharm (excluding Summer Semester). The FY courses may be undertaken as part of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) or the Bachelor of Science (various majors, Biomedical Science, Medicinal Chemistry, Food Science & Nutrition, Pharmacology) at The University of Auckland.

Applicants must achieve a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 out of 9.0 (approximately B- average) across all eight courses in order to be eligible for interview consideration. All applicants deemed eligible will then be ranked on their grades achieved in the four core courses (highlighted below in bold).

Please note that meeting the minimum GPA of 4.0 does not guarantee an interview, nor does an interview guarantee an offer of place in the programme. Approximately twice as many eligible candidates as there are places available in the BPharm programme will be interviewed. The minimum GPA required for an admission interview is determined once we have received and reviewed the entire application pool for that admission period and it can vary from year to year.

Required FY Programme of study (120 points)

Core

BIOSCI 107

Biology for Biomedical Science: Cellular Processes and Development

CHEM 110

Chemistry of the Living World

POPLHLTH 111

Population Health

MEDSCI 142

Biology for Biomedical Science: Organ Systems

Additional courses

GENEDU*

General Education

www.auckland.ac.nz/generaleducation

Total 45 points within your degree schedule

(e.g. three 15 point courses)

* During your First Year, you will need to take one General Education course from either the Faculty Schedule (EMHSS) or the Open Schedule (O), excluding BIOSCI 100G, MEDSCI 100G, MEDSCI 101G, POPHLTH 103G, POPHLTH 104G, Pharmacy 111G.

2. Alternative Admissions (AA)

AA applicants must have completed at least two years of full-time study in a degree programme from a New Zealand university, or an overseas institution recognised by the University of Auckland. The applicant’s last year of full-time study should not have been more than 5 years prior to the year of application. AA applicants gaining admission to the BPharm programme may be required to complete all or some of the FY courses (see table above) initially in order to proceed to Part II, depending on the nature of previous studies.

AA applicants who achieve a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 out of 9.0 (approximately B- average) across their entire course of study are eligible for interview consideration.

Please note that meeting the minimum GPA of 4.0 does not guarantee an interview, nor does an interview guarantee an offer of place in the programme. Approximately twice as many eligible candidates as there are places available in the BPharm programme will be interviewed. The minimum GPA required for an admission interview is determined once we have received and reviewed the entire application pool for that admission period and it can vary from year to year.

Applicants whose education background differs to those outlined in either of the application categories above should contact the Faculty Admissions Office for advice: fmhs@auckland.ac.nz

 

 

Special entry quotas - available for domestic students only


1. Regional Rural Admission Scheme

Students from the First Year or Alternative Admissions entry may qualify to apply under the Regional Rural Admission Scheme.

A student may qualify for this category of entry if they meet one of the following criteria:

1.     Undertaken their pre-secondary education in a regional/rural area whilst living in a regional/rural area; or

2.     Spent at least three years at a secondary school which is located in a regional/rural area;

A regional/rural area is defined as any part of New Zealand that does not fall within the local authority boundaries of the

  •        Auckland City Council
  •        Hamilton City Council
  •        Tauranga City Council
  •        Wellington City Council
  •        Porirua City Council
  •        Hutt City Council
  •        Upper Hutt City Council
  •        Christchurch City Council
  •        Dunedin City Council

Students wishing to apply under the Regional Rural Admission Scheme category must provide evidence of their regional or rural origin.

Applicants who are ineligible will be notified and their application will be considered under the general category.

Further information on the Regional/Rural category

 

2. Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS)

This category is specifically for students of Māori or Pacific descent. There are two sub-categories within MAPAS namely: MAPAS First entry and MAPAS Alternative Admission entry.

All applicants deemed eligible under the MAPAS scheme must be able to demonstrate a willingness to actively participate in their culture.

If you wish to apply under this quota, please Visit the MAPAS site.

Selection of students for MAPAS  is essentially identical to the general pharmacy admissions, however a candidate's Māori and Pacific affiliation is taken into account during the interview process.

Interviews will take place in December. These assess personal and experiential attributes as well as the academic background of each applicant. The interview panels will consist of staff members of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and invited members of the wider community.  Included on the panel will be a faculty member with Māori and Pacific affiliation. 

NB: If a student is eligible for both MAPAS and RRAS, they will be asked to select one preferred entry scheme.

Certificate in Health Sciences Students

Students who have completed the MAPAS Certificate in Health Sciences foundation year should apply for entry into a first programme such as Bachelor of Health Science or Bachelor of Science at the University of Auckland and take 120 credit points in those programmes as specified. Students will then be eligible for consideration under the First Year entry category into BPharm. They must also successfully complete the admission interview.

 

 

 

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How to apply


  • Apply for the BPharm programme
    Visit the University of Auckland's Apply now page  
  • Applications for the BPharm programme close 01 October of the preceding year.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Please note:

  • MAPAS applicants must submit the MH04 MAPAS form before the application closing date. Submission of MH04 forms does not constitute a formal application.

Interview and selection process


Interviews will take place in late November and early December in Auckland only. All shortlisted applicants must be available to attend an interview in person during the set interview period; see Important Dates.

Applicants who are unable to attend their interview on the relevant date will not be considered further.

The interview component comprises of 8 Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) stations. Each station has one interviewer and takes 8 minutes to complete: 2 minutes for the applicant to read and think over given scenario + 6 minutes interview.

Candidates who apply to more than one of the Part II entry professional programmes (Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy) in any one academic calendar year will only be offered one MMI. The results of the MMI will be used for all applications.

The interview panels will consist of staff members of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and invited members of the wider community.

The MMI aims to assess non-academic qualities that are considered by the faculty to be important for those wishing to pursue a career in healthcare.

In preparing for the interview, ask yourself if you have the following:

  • Maturity
  • Leadership
  • Social responsibility
  • A strong commitment to the study and practice
  • Humanistic qualities such as empathy and sensitivity
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Fluency in English
  • A strong academic background in sciences
  • An enthusiasm for life-long learning
  • A wide knowledge of New Zealand's multifaceted communities and cultures
  • Awareness of prevailing health needs and community issues
  • Awareness of the nature of the health profession
  • Certainty about career choice
  • Enthusiasm for people and their well-being
  • All round abilities and interests across a wide variety of activities

 

Applicants should note that while the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences makes every effort to contact candidates, the onus is on the applicant to ensure that we have all the necessary documentation. These include:

  • your completed formal online application for the BPharm programme - this includes all documents required by the University of Auckland Admissions Office - eg, proof of identity, photo, academic records etc
  • your MH04 supplementary information form (MAPAS applicants only)
  • graduate students: Your final official transcript from your university
  • RRAS students: evidence of your primary and/or secondary education.

If any of your contact details change, please inform the Faculty Admissions Office.