Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Entry requirements for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

Please note:

  • All applicants can only have two attempts at applying to the MBChB programme.
  • 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.

Application categories


There are two application categories for entry into MBChB.

All applicants are required to sit the Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) in the year of application.

Students need to register for the UMAT online.

Registration opens in December each year.The registration deadline is approximately the beginning of June of each year, with the actual UMAT test taking place in late July of each year.  For more information visit www.umat.acer.edu.au.

UMAT registration

Exception for international graduate applicants

 

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Entry Categories


1. First Year BHSc/BSc (Biomedical Science)

In the year of application, applicants must complete (within one academic year, excluding Summer Semester) the eight required first year courses in either the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) or the Bachelor of Science (BSc Biomedical Science) at the University of Auckland, listed in the tables below. Candidates should be aware that only the first attempt for these courses will be considered for medical admissions in the First Year category.

Following the successful completion of the eight prescribed first year courses, applicants achieving a minimum GPA of 6.0 (B+ average) are eligible for consideration for an admissions interview.

All eligible applicants will then be ranked and shortlisted for interview based on their grades achieved in the four common courses (highlighted below in bold) that are offered in both the BHSc and the BSc (Biomedical Science) programmes. If the final grades for the four common courses are not available, an interim grade (highest possible) will be temporarily assigned for the interview ranking only. Official final results will be used for the final selection. 

Meeting the minimum GPA of 6.0 (B+ average) does not guarantee an interview. Approximately twice as many eligible candidates as there are places available in the medical 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.

 

Degree Course code Course name
BHSc only HLTHPSYC 122 Behaviour, Health and Development
POPLHLTH 101 Health Systems I
POPLHLTH 102 Health and Society
General Education course www.auckland.ac.nz/generaleducation
Both degrees POPLHLTH 111 Population Health
MEDSCI 142 Biology for Biomedical Science: Organ Systems
BIOSCI 107 Biology for Biomedical Science: Cellular Processes and Development
CHEM 110 Chemistry of the Living World
BSc only BIOSCI 101 Essential Biology: From Genomes to Organisms
BIOSCI 106 Foundations of Biochemistry
PHYSICS 160 Physics for the Life Sciences
General Education course www.auckland.ac.nz/generaleducation
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2. Graduate entry

Graduates who achieve a minimum GPA of 6.0 (B+ average) across a degree from any New Zealand university are eligible for consideration for an admissions interview. Where an applicant has completed a degree in more than three years, the best three years of full-time study will be considered in the GPA calculation. Graduate applicants must have undertaken their degree on a full-time basis and the last year of full-time study should have been no more than five years prior to the application.

All eligible applicants will then be ranked and shortlisted for interview based on their GPA from their last two academic years of full-time study only and each year will be weighted equally. If the applicant has taken more than 120 points in any academic year, only the best 120 points will be considered. Please note that the points achieved per course cannot be divided when the best 120 points are considered. This includes Summer School, where the courses taken are at stage 2 or higher.

Meeting the minimum GPA of 6.0 (B+ average) does not guarantee an interview. Approximately twice as many eligible candidates as there are places available in the medical 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.

One academic year is defined as Summer Semester, Semester One, Semester Two.

A minimum of 105 points over Semesters One and Two is required to be considered as full-time for medical admissions.

Sample course combinations (each course = standard 15 points):

Summer semester Semester 1 Semester 2 GPA calculation
0 3 4 All 7 courses
0 4 3 All 7 courses
0 4 4 All 8 courses
1* 3 4 All 8 courses
1* 4 3 All 8 courses
1* 4 4 Best 120 points
2* 3 4 Best 120 points
2* 4 3 Best 120 points
2* 4 4 Best 120 points

*Must be stage 2 or higher

The faculty may permit graduate applicants to be admitted to Part II of the MBChB programme, or require them to undertake part or all of the First Year courses initially, depending on the nature of previous studies.

If such students are directed to take Part I courses, they must pass all these courses clearly within one year in order to proceed to Part II.

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Special entry quotas - available for domestic students only


1. Regional Rural Admission Scheme

Students from the First Year or graduate 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

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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 Year BHSc/BSc (Biomedical Science) entry and MAPAS graduate entry.

All applicants deemed eligible under the MAPAS scheme must be able to demonstrate a willingness to actively participate in their culture and also fulfill one of the following two sets of criteria, as listed below.

  1. MAPAS First Year BHSc/BSc (Biomedical Science) entry, for applicants who have completed Year 1 of the University of Auckland's Bachelor of Health Sciences degree or Year 1 of the Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science).
  2. MAPAS graduate entry, for applicants with degrees from New Zealand universities.

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

Selection of students for MAPAS  is essentially identical to the general medical 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 either Year I Bachelor of Health Science or Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) and take 120 credit points in those programmes as specified. Students will then be eligible for consideration under the First Year BHSc/BSc (Biomedical Science) entry category into MBChB. They must also complete the UMAT.

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How to apply


School-leavers: before you can be considered for MBChB, you need to apply for and complete the first year of BHSc or BSc (Biomedical Science).

  1. Visit the University of Auckland website and click on Apply Now 
  2. Complete supplementary information forms by Application closing dates.
    MAPAS applicants: complete the MH04 - MAPAS forms

Please note:

  • Submission of MH04 form (MAPAS only) does not constitute a formal application
  • Applications for the MBChB programme close on 1 November of the preceding year
  • Candidates can apply for admission to the MBChB degree once only from First Year entry category
  • Candidates can apply on no more than two occasions in total, regardless of the entry category
  • Applicants unsure as to which category applies to them should seek advice from the faculty's Student Centre / Admissions Office.
  • Domestic applicants are New Zealand / Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • International students are eligible to apply for a limited number of places, and should contact the International Office.
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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

Final ranking method - for both entry categories

The applicant's final ranking will be derived based on the weighting of the following components:

  • GPA: 60%
  • UMAT score (raw score average of all 3 sections): 15%
  • Interview: 25%

Students will be offered admission to the programme in accordance to the rank order until the available places in the category are filled.

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 MBChB programme - this includes all documents required by the University of Auckland Admissions Office - eg, proof of identity, photo, academic records etc.
  • MAPAS: MH04 supplementary information form
  • Graduate students: your final official transcript from your university
  • RRAS students: evidence of your rural status.

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

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