Medical Schools In New Zealand

Last updated: 11/11/2020

Here, we provide information on the medical schools in New Zealand.

University of Auckland: University of Auckland School of Medicine

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Medical school or program established: 1968

QS subject ranking 2020: 51-100

First year class size in 2019: 278

CSP places? Effectively yes - all domestic students pay a subsidized fee, similar to CSP in Australia.

International places? Yes

‍University of Auckland is a public university and New Zealand’s largest and highest ranked university. It offers a 6-year MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree, with two main pathways to entry.

School leavers need to enrol in the first year of BHSc (Bachelor of Health Sciences) or BSc (Bachelor of Science in biomedical science). 

For BHSc, New Zealand applicants must meet the University Entrance (UE) standard, as well as a rank score of 250. For BSc in biomedical science, New Zealand applicants must meet the University Entrance (UE) standard, and attain a rank score of 280. Australian and international applicants should visit the official website for entry criteria:

For the first year of BHSc or BSc (biomed), you must achieve a minimum GPA of 6.0 out of 9.0 (NZ scale) with no failed papers. Invitation to the MMI is based on grades in four core courses (BIOSCI107, CHEM110, MEDSCI142, POPHLTH111) and the final selection is based on 60:15:25 of GPA of four core courses, total scale UCAT ANZ score and MMI. Successful applicants then undergo five further years of MBChB study (i.e. a total of 6 years of study including the first year). Up to 30 places are available for international students. There are special pathways for Māori and Pacific applicants (Māori and Pacific Health Career Pathways) and rural applicants (Regional Rural Admission Scheme).

There is a graduate entry pathway. Depending on your previous study, you may enter straight into the second year of the MBChB programme, or undertake part or all of first year courses prior to entering the second year. To be eligible to apply, domestic applicants must have a minimum GPA of 6.0 out of 9.0 (NZ scale). Invitation to the MMI is based on GPA and the final selection is based on 60:15:25 of GPA, UCAT ANZ (the situational judgement test section was not included for 2020 entry) and MMI. For international applicants, you must have a minimum GPA of 6.0 out of 9.0 (NZ scale) but UCAT ANZ is not required. Shortlisted international applicants will be interviewed over Skype or phone.

All applicants need to apply directly to the university.

Check out the official website for more details, such as fees, prerequisites and important dates.

University of Otago: Otago Medical School

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand

Medical school or program established: 1875

QS subject ranking 2020: 101-150

First year class size in 2019: 296

CSP places? Effectively yes - all domestic students pay a subsidized fee, similar to CSP in Australia.

International places? Yes

University of Otago is a public university that is home to one of only two medical schools in New Zealand. It offers a 6-year MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree, which can be entered through a number of pathways. Up to 5 places are available for international students each year.

School leavers need to enrol in the Health Sciences First Year (HSFY). It should be noted that HSFY is not the same as BHealSc (Bachelor of Health Sciences). New Zealand applicants must meet the University Entrance (UE) standard and other applicants should visit the official website for entry criteria to HSFY.

For HSFY, you must pass all prescribed papers with a minimum grade of 70% and achieve a UCAT ANZ threshold score in all sections. There is no interview and the final selection is based on academic score. You must pass the HSFY English Diagnostic Test or ENGL126. Successful applicants will then undergo five further years of MBChB study (i.e. a total of 6 years of study including the first year).

For graduate entry, you must achieve a UCAT ANZ threshold score in all sections. There is no interview and the final selection is based on weighted academic score (for a three-year degree: first year score x 0.5, second year score x 1.0, third year score x 1.5). Depending on your previous study, you may enter straight into the second year of the MBChB programme, or undertake missing first year courses prior to entering the second year.

There are subcategories for entry (Māori, indigenous Pacific, socioeconomic, refugee, rural) and an alternative category (only for domestic applicants) for allied health professionals and other graduates.

All applicants need to apply directly to the university.

Check out the official website for more details, such as fees, prerequisites and important dates.

Are you interested in attending a medical school in the UK instead of Australia or New Zealand? Check out Medify’s UK Medical School Admissions Guide.

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