University of Auckland: UCAT and Medical Course Information (2021 Update)

In this article, we give you the run-down on the University of Auckland courses that require UCAT. (We recently updated our article to ensure that you're always receiving the right information!)

In this article, we’re going to give you an overview of the University of Auckland and the medicine courses it offers which require UCAT for admission.


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An Overview of the University of Auckland

The University of Auckland was established in 1883 and is now the largest university in New Zealand with students on five campuses.

The university has over 40,000 enrolled students with 6,600 students enrolled in Medical and Health Sciences.

Accommodation is available for over 3,000 students on-campus in the form of catered and self-catered options. The university also provides guidelines on private accommodation.

Campus life at the University of Auckland is heavily focused upon the rich cultural heritage, volunteering, leadership, and socialising. Students can get involved in various ways, depending on their personal tastes and preferences.



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University of Auckland Medical Courses Offered that require UCAT

The University offers Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery to undergraduate students.

The following outlines the course offered, its specifics, and entry requirements such as UCAT:


Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Course CodeCourse LengthCampus
6 Years full-timeGrafton


Application process:

Students are selected based upon:

  • Academic merit
  • UCAT results
  • Interview results

Students are able to gain entry through two different categories:

  • First Year Entry: First-year students to complete the eighth required courses in the first year of either
    • Bachelor of Health Science or
    • Bachelor of Biomedical Science on a full-time basis.
    • Students will need to score a minimum of 6.0 GPA across these courses. Eligible applicants will then be ranked based on their marks for core courses and invited for an interview.
  • Graduate Entry
    • Students must achieve a 6.0 GPA from their previous degree. Depending on your study, you may need to undertake some 1st Year courses.

Interview Criteria and structure:

First year entry: Eligible applicants are ranked for an interview based on their grades in BIOSCI 107, CHEM 110, MEDSCI 142, and POPLHLTH 111.

Graduate: Eligible applicants are ranked based on their cumulative GPA of their qualifying programme.

  • Criteria: Students are assessed on non-academic qualities like maturity, leadership, social responsibility, awareness of the nature of the health profession, empathy and sensitivity etc.
  • Structure: The interview is structured as a Multiple Mini Interview.You will be assessed by 2 interviewers at each station, who will score you independently.

Note: In 2020, the University chose to hold MMI’s through Zoom. Each scenario is presented through the share screen function on Zoom for 2 minutes, before being posted into the chat. The applicant is given 6 minutes to respond to the scenario, which makes it a total of 8 minutes per response.

Final Entry Selection:

Applicants will be offered admission according to rank order until all positions are filled. Each component will be weighed as:

  • Academic merit (GPA): 60%
  • UCAT results: 15%
  • Interview results: 25%

Degree facts:

  • A total of 257 places will be offered to students.
  • You can only have 2 attempts into gaining entry into the program (once under the “First Year” entry category, and once under teh “Graduate Entry” category)



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Clinical placement information

Students studying the MBChB begin clinical placements in Year 4.

  • In Year Four, students learn predominantly in hospital and community environments. Students rotate through a number of disciplines for 35 to 42 weeks of the year
  • In Year Five, students are encouraged to apply to study on the year-long regional-rural programme (Pūkawakawa) based in Whangarei and small surrounding rural environments in Northland. Students are required to complete a five-week elective.
  • In Year Six, students complete an 8-week Elective. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this overseas. There is also the opportunity to undertake an 11-week Research Project.
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