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What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) degree is commonly referred to as the 'medical degree'. School leavers enrol at Otago for the common Health Sciences First Year course and then apply for admission to second year medicine. Graduates may also apply for admission at second year. If successful, students will complete a further five years, then after graduation work for another year under probation in order to gain general registration. There is a wide range of specialisation available in the public and private sectors, involving research, academic medicine, public health, clinical medicine and other areas. Specialties include Cardiology, Oncology, Pediatrics, Psychological Medicine, Surgery, Pathology, Public Health, General Practice and many others. Most doctors complete postgraduate training in their chosen specialty.

Medicine is a respected, rewarding, and truly international career.

Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB)

1st year: Health Sciences First Year Course

Note: Students enrolled in the Health Sciences First Year course will be required to achieve a satisfactory mark in a standard diagnostic English test or another approved measure of achievement.

2nd year: MICN 201 Medicine Second Year

3rd year: MICN 301 Medicine Third Year

4th year: MICN 401 Medicine Fourth Year

5th year: MICN 501 Medicine Fifth Year

6th year

  • MICN 621 Medicine Sixth Year 1st Quarter
  • MICN 622 Medicine Sixth Year 2nd Quarter
  • MICN 623 Medicine Sixth Year 3rd Quarter
  • MICN 624 Medicine Sixth Year 4th Quarter

Note: MICN 621-624 shall normally be taken in sequence in one year of study, but in approved cases the order may be varied or the total period of study extended.

Which department am I in?

Division of Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (6 years)

Tuition fees
Tuition fee: Health Sciences First Year (HSFY): NZ $36,272; Years 2-3 (per year): NZ $81,119; Years 4-6 (per year): NZ $92,707

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

31 October 2021

More details

Start date

28 February 2022


University of Otago

Dunedin Campus,

362 Leith Street,


North Dunedin,

9016, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from Indonesia

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution. English language requirements: IELTS score of 6.0 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); Internet-based TOEFL - Score of 80 (writing 20); Paper-based TOEFL - Score of 550 (TWE 4.5); Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169); Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.

For international students

Applications for admission may be made under the following categories: Health Sciences First Year, Graduate, Alternative.

The minimum requirement for students is the completion of a high school qualification plus satisfactory completion of one year's study at an approved tertiary institution or successful completion of New Zealand Foundation Year programme.

We also accept the following International qualifications: International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma with a minimum of 24 points; GCE Advanced Levels: minimum grade of 8.

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.0 in the academic module (with no individual band below 5.5); Internet-based TOEFL: Score of 80 (writing 20), Paper-based TOEFL: Score of 550 (TWE 4.5), we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.

Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre ""English for Otago"" programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

University of Otago offers below pathways course for this subject

About University of Otago

The University of Otago is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world.

  • Awarded highest rating for teaching & research
  • New Zealand’s No.1 university for educational performance
  • 95% of Otago graduates go into work or further study
  • Opportunity to apply for a 3-year post-study work visa