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Medicine and Surgery, MB ChB

  • Application Deadline
  • 72 months
University rank #184 (QS) Dunedin, New Zealand
The Medicine and Surgery from University of Otago 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.
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The programme

Graduates of this Medicine and Surgery from University of Otago 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, Paediatrics, 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 72 months
  • Credits
    726 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Health Sciences First Year
  • Medicine Second Year
  • Medicine Third Year
  • Medicine Fourth Year
  • Medicine Fifth Year

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Admission to the second year of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery programme shall be determined by the Medical Admissions Committee.
  • Admission to the second year of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery programme is limited to a number, determined annually, of Domestic students (but see regulation 1(h) regarding International student admissions).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21386 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21386 USD per year and a duration of 72 months.
  • National

    9723 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9723 USD per year and a duration of 72 months.
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  • National: 16,011 NZD


  • Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) - 35,216 NZD
  • Years 2-3 (per year) - 79,968 NZD
  • Years 4-6 (per year) - 89,107 NZD

Living costs for Dunedin

  • 1000 - 2300 NZD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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