UniversityUniversity of Auckland
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Level of Study
Next start date
Expected Feb 2024
This programme is highly challenging but extremely rewarding. It will equip you with the medical, clinical and research skills for pursuing a vocation in any field of medicine.
Our faculty has an international reputation for research and innovation, providing you with unrivalled access to various clinical environments.
This Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) programme is accredited by the Australian Medical Council on behalf of the Medical Council of New Zealand.
Possible into the MBChB is limited and competitive. You will be selected on the basis of academic merit, UMAT performance and personal qualities exhibited during the admission interview (MMI). There are 257 domestic places available each year.
The MBChB is a six-year programme including Year One (Part I) of the Bachelor of Health Sciences or the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science (105 points).
In Year One (Part I) one 15-point course is required from the General Education Schedule approved for this degree.
In Year Two (Part II) you are required to complete a core course that focuses on the basic medical and health sciences while being introduced to professional and clinical aspects of medical practice (120 points).
In Year Three (Part III) you have two core courses: Medical Humanities and a course focusing on human health and illness (120 points).
In Year Four (Part IV) you learn predominantly in hospital and community environments, with rotating study in a number of disciplines for 35 to 42 weeks of the year (120 points).
In Year Five (Part V) you may apply to study on the year-long regional-rural programme (Pukawakawa) based in Whangarei and small surrounding rural environments in Northland. You are required to complete a five-week elective (120 points).
In Year Six (Part VI) you complete an 8-week Elective. You are strongly encouraged to complete this overseas. In this year there is also the opportunity to undertake an 11-week Research Project (120 points).
All six years must be passed in their entirety before you are permitted to graduate with the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB).
Where could this programme take you?
Those who complete the Medical Programme are eligible to apply for provisional registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand. You might choose primary health care and work in general practice, or choose from a range of other specialist disciplines. Students interested in research may defer clinical MBChB studies after Part III and take a year pursuing a supervised research project of their choice to qualify for a BMedSc(Hons) degree before returning to complete their clinical training and graduating with both qualifications.
Further study options
Category One: First Year entry from the BHSc or BSc (Biomedical Science) only: First year applicants need to complete the eight required courses in the first year of either the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) or the Bachelor of Science (BSc) Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland.
First Year BHSc courses: CHEM 110: Chemistry of the Living World, BIOSCI 107: Biology for Biomedical Science - Cellular Processes and Development, MEDSCI 142: Biology for Biomedical Science - Organ Systems, POPLHLTH 111: Population Health, POPLHLTH 101: Health Systems I, POPLHLTH 102: Health and Society, HLTHPSYC 122: Behaviour, Health and Development, General Education*
First Year BSc (Biomedical Science) courses: CHEM 110: Chemistry of the Living World, BIOSCI 107: Biology for Biomedical Science - Cellular Processes and Development, MEDSCI 142: Biology for Biomedical Science - Organ Systems, POPLHLTH 111: Population Health, BIOSCI 101: Essential Biology: From Genomes to Organisms, PHYSICS 160: Physics for the Life Sciences, BIOSCI 106: Foundations of Biochemistry, General Education*
*General Education excluding BIOSCI 100G, MEDSCI 100G, MEDSCI 101G, POPLHLTH 103G, POPLHLTH 104G.
Category Two: Graduate entry: applicants need to have completed a relevant degree on a full time basis at a recognised university. Your last year of full time study must be no more than five years prior to the year of application.
IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 and no bands below 5.5; TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 80 and a written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 60 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; (FCertEAP): Grade of C-; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 50 and no PTE Communicative score below 42; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 80.