University of Otago: UCAT and Course Entry Information (2021 Update)

In this article, we give you the run-down on the University of Otago 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 Otago and the medicine courses it offers which require UCAT for admission.

 

An Overview of The University of Otago

The University of Otago, Dunedin, was established in 1869 and New Zealand’s oldest university. Currently, over 21,000 students attend the university.

The University is a residential university where 85% of students come from outside Dunedin and the majority of the students live in a 1km radius of the campus. There are 15 residential colleges on campus and many private accommodation options nearby.

The University is close to the city centre, has a massive focus on cultural, social and sporting facilities.

There’s a large number of support networks available on campus as well.

Rankings

Times Higher Ed RankQS rankingsAcademic Ranking of World Universities
201-250184301-400

 

University of Otago Medical Courses Offered that require UCAT

The University offers entry into Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

The following table outlines the courses offered, its specifics, and entry requirements such as UCAT score:

Medical CoursesCourse Code Entry RequirementsLength of courseCampus taught
Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of SurgeryEntry Requirements and category for admission:

There are 3 different categories of admission. These are:

The Health Sciences First Year category:

  • You are required to get over 70% in each paper
  • Hold a UCAT result and a score in all 5 UCAT sections that meets the threshold determined annually by the Medical Admissions Team

The Graduate category:

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree
  • Hold a UCAT result and a score in all 5 UCAT sections that meets the threshold determined annually by the Medical Admissions Team
  • Pass all papers in the Health Sciences First Year Course and achieve a GPA of 5 (B)

The Alternative category: Those who have professional health experience can apply through this category.

  • You must demonstrate health-related professional experience relevant to acceptable Medical Admissions Committee standards
  • Provide a statement of interest and current curriculum vitae.
  • Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Each paper completed in applicant’s previous courses (whether it is a Health Science First Year, or Graduate) is given a score. Applicants are then ranked based on the accumulation of these scores.

Applicants must also complete the UCAT to be considered eligible.

Interview criteria and structure:

Only applicants applying through the Alternative Category will need to attend an interview. These applicants are chosen based on academic achieves, CV, and the statement of interest.

Degree facts:

  • 282 places are available for domestic students. Out of these places, 55 are reserved for students applying under the New Zealand Rural origins sub-category.
6 years full-time

Years 1: Health Sciences First Year Course

Years 2-6: Medicine

Years 1-3: Dunedin

In Years 4-6, students will be divided and allocated to: Dunedin,

Christchurch,

or

Wellington

Bachelor of Dental SurgeryEntry requirements and category for admission:

There are 3 different categories of admission. These are:

The Health Sciences First Year category:

  • You are required to get over 70% average, with no paper less than 65%.
  • Hold a UCAT result and a score in all 5 UCAT sections that meets the threshold determined annually by the Dental Admissions Team

The Graduate category:

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree
  • Hold a UCAT result and a score in all 5 UCAT sections that meets the threshold determined annually by the Dental Admissions Team
  • Passed the papers prescribed in the Health Sciences First Year course with a minimum grade of B
  • Achieve a GPA of 5 in the HSFY course

The Alternative category:

  • You must hold a degree from a New Zealand university or overseas University,
  • Passed the papers prescribed in the Health Sciences First Year course with a minimum grade of B
  • Achieve a GPA of 5 in the HSFY course
  • Achieve a high UCAT result that meets the threshold determined annually by the Dental Admissions Team

Each paper completed in applicant’s previous courses (whether it is a Health Science First Year, or Graduate) is given a score. Applicants are then ranked based on the accumulation of these scores.

Applicants must also complete the UCAT to be considered eligible.

Interview:

Approximately 300 applicants will be invited to an interview based on their UCAT results.

Degree facts:

  • 60 places are available for domestic students in this course.
5 years full-time

Years 1: Health Sciences First Year Course

Years 2-5: Dental Surgery

Dunedin

 

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