Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

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

Entry requirements for international students

International applicants may compete for a limited number of places in the MBChB programme.

International applicants may apply under the same categories as domestic applicants.

General information on the application criteria

International graduate applicants must have completed a relevant degree (eg, health sciences, biomedical science, etc) from a recognised university in New Zealand or overseas. UMAT is not required.

International graduate applicants will be assessed on the basis of their academic achievements and an interview. Interviews dates will be provided on application. Interviews for international graduate applicants based overseas will be conducted using Skype where available or by telephone.

Applications closing date: 1 October of the preceding year

Late or incomplete applications will NOT be accepted


The University of Auckland is unable to actively offer international students financial assistance by way of scholarships and the like.  However, students may be eligible to apply for support from established scholarships themselves.

Scholarships for international students


Applicants whose first language is not English must sit IELTS and obtain an overall score of 7.5 with no band less than 7 to be eligible for entry into 2nd year MBChB. However, IELTS is not required if applicants have completed a degree from a New Zealand university or the University of Auckland's first year Bachelor of Health Science or Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science).

Registration and Employment

Completion of the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree from the University of Auckland currently satisfies one of the prerequisites for eligibility to apply for provisional registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand. Eligibility, and the prerequisites and registration conditions must be checked directly with the Medical Council at:http://www.mcnz.org.nz/

The University of Auckland is not involved in the employment of completing medical students and can make no guarantee of post qualification registration or employment in New Zealand or any other country.

The University of Auckland is currently accredited with Medical Councils overseas including the following:

All International applicants including those from the above four countries must however check with the appropriate registering body in their country of origin or any country where they are intending to register or seek employment regarding registration and employment opportunities for Auckland MBChB graduates as must any graduate intending to or proposing to register or seek employment outside New Zealand.