The Bachelor of Health Sciences is a three-year degree for those who want to be an integral part of future health care approaches, with a focus on the areas of public, Māori, Paciﬁc and community health, where graduates may ﬁnd themselves working in roles such as case managers or care co-ordinators in the healthcare system.
Be a part of our future healthcare system with a qualification which will enable you to work with patients and communities to promote health, access health-related information, and ensure patients are accessing and receiving the most appropriate care.
The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) degree is commonly known as the 'medical degree'. It requires six years of full-time study. Admission is most commonly gained through a competitive first year course, Health Sciences First Year (HSFY).
We teach one of the seven compulsory HSFY papers, and contribute to the Early Learning in Medicine (ELM) course, which teaches medical students in years two and three.
After ELM, medical students undertake three years' clinical study at University of Otago, Wellington; University of Otago, Christchurch; or the Dunedin School of Medicine. This course, known as Advanced Learning in Medicine (ALM), is our major teaching responsibility.
The Otago Medical School website has detailed information about the MB ChB programme.
- HEAL 192 Foundations of Epidemiology (one of seven compulsory HSFY papers)
- MICN 401 Medicine Fourth Year
- MICN 501 Medicine Fifth Year
- MICN 601 Medicine Sixth Year (Trainee Intern Year)
Note: We accept final year medical students from other medical schools for elective clinical attachments in MICN 601.
MB ChB graduates must work for one year under probation to gain general registration.
The Dunedin School of Medicine also offers numerous postgraduate courses that enable doctors to specialise in areas as diverse as cardiology, general practice, oncology, paediatrics, pathology, psychological medicine, and public health.
The Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours (BMedSc(Hons)) degree is available to students who have satisfactorily completed three or more years of study towards a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) degree. Most students enrol for the BMedSc(Hons) degree after their third year, but a few do so after their fifth year, prior to their trainee internship.
The degree involves a full-time year of research in a field of medical science (including a thesis) and stands graduates in good stead for a future career involving research or academic medicine.
The Dunedin School of Medicine and the Otago School of Medical Sciences jointly offer the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLSc) degree. This four-year degree meets the needs of the medical diagnostic laboratory profession for a science-based academic qualification. Admission is most commonly gained through a competitive first year course, Health Sciences First Year (HSFY).
The BMLSc programme includes a comprehensive grounding in health sciences, and specialised training in laboratory testing disciplines such as biochemistry, haematology, and microbiology.
The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science website has detailed information about the programme.
Medical laboratory scientists play a major part in helping to diagnose and treat diseases. Graduates can expect to gain early recognition and registration as medical laboratory scientists in New Zealand, and can also work in most other countries.
There is an increasing shortage of medical laboratory scientists worldwide.
There are also many opportunities for postgraduate study in medical laboratory science, or in one of the related health sciences such as forensic pathology or molecular pathology.