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All About Auckland Med Admissions

02 OCT 2021

All About Aukland Med Admissions

Students who are interested in studying medicine (MBChB) at Auckland University in Central Auckland can apply through two different categories: undergraduate or graduate.

The most common one that students will apply to medicine from is the health sciences first year or biomedical science undergraduate pathway, which is predominantly for high school leavers in their first year of university study.

Admission into medicine is based on three admission requirements, your UCAT score, MMI Interview and GPA.

GPA 60%
UCAT 15%
MMI Interview 25%

Your first month of FYHS determines your year going forward. Make sure you start on the right foot with advice and help from MedView’s FYHS Workshops and Courses.

Undergraduate Category

All students are interested in applying to medicine in their first year of university must complete the core papers within health science or biomedical science. Once you set all the necessary papers and courses, you then apply to medicine which if successful, will begin in your second year of university study.

The medicine programme is a total of 6 years including your pre-med year. In order to gain admission into the pre-med pathways, students must meet the university entry rank score requirements.

Pre-Med Requirements
CurriculumBScBHSc
NCEA280250
CIE310300
IB3333
ATAR9090

There are no subject requirements in order to enter into the pre-med pathway however it is highly recommended that students take NCEA level 3 Chemistry, Physics and Biology (or the equivalent) to help them prepare.

Pre-Med Structure

Students completing their pre-med year are required to take eight courses, of which four of them are the core papers that will be used as their academic merit for medical school admission.

BHSc Semester One

CHEM 110 - Chemistry of the Living World
BIOSCI 107 - Biology for Biomedical Science - Cellular Processes and Development
POPLHLTH 111 - Population Health

A General Education paper of your choice

BHSc Semester Two

MEDSCI 142 - Biology for Biomedical Science - Organ Systems

BIOSCI 101 - Essential Biology: from Genomes to organisms
BIOSCI 106 - Foundations of Biochemistry
PHYSICS 160 - Physics for the Life Sciences

BSc Semester One

CHEM 110 - Chemistry of the Living World
BIOSCI 107 - Biology for Biomedical Science - Cellular Processes and Development
POPLHLTH 111 - Population Health

A General Education paper of your choice

BSc Semester Two

MEDSCI 142 - Biology for Biomedical Science - Organ Systems

POPLHLTH 101 - Health Systems I
POPLHLTH 102 - Health and Society
HLTHPSYC 122 - Behaviour, Health and Development

Courses outlined in italics are compulsory courses but are not accounted for in your GPA for medical school.

Notes

You must enrol as a full-time student when studying BSc or BHSc first year.
You must enrol in the four core papers as your first attempt to be considered for the MBChB program.

UCAT

First Year BSc and BHSc applicants must complete the UCAT exam. Your UCAT score weighs 15% of your medical school application. The final score is combined from all five sections:

  1. Verbal Reasoning
  2. Decision Making
  3. Quantitative Reasoning
  4. Abstract Reasoning
  5. Situational Judgement

MMI - Multiple Mini Interviews

First Year BSc and BHSc applicants must complete an MMI Interview. Your MMI Interview weighs 25% of your medical school application.

To be considered for an MMI Interview you need to achieve a minimum GPA of 6 (B+) across all core papers. Interview offers are released prior to the final grade of MEDSCI 142 are released, so an interim grade is used to assess the ranking of your GPA.

There are 8 stations that cover the following topics:

  1. Personal Experience
  2. Personal Insight
  3. Moral/Ethical Issues
  4. Social Conscience Issue
  5. Health Care Topic
  6. Hauora Maori Health
  7. Career Choice

Final Thoughts

It is important to be well set up for your journey into Auckland’s medical school so start preparing early and plan ahead. Due to New Zealand only having two medical schools, it is an extremely competitive nature however MedView likes to promote a supportive, supportive and engaging environment.

We recommend that you start working hard in high school to achieve the entry requirements to get you into HSFY and take the recommended subjects, to establish a strong scientific foundation of knowledge prior to beginning your HSFY. In your HSFY, set yourself up for success by taking one of MedView’s courses to help you succeed in the core papers/UCAT, alongside tailored private tutoring to you! If you are interested in hearing more, please click here.

Your first month of FYHS determines your year going forward. Make sure you start on the right foot with advice and help from MedView’s FYHS Workshops and Courses.