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Medicine at Otago Medical School

Visit the Otago Medical Degree website for comprehensive information about studying medicine at Otago Medical School.

The Otago Medical School medical degree (MB ChB) prepares students to graduate as doctors committed to the provision of high-quality, patient-centred, evidence-based medical care within the New Zealand health care system and wherever they practise. Students will graduate with the professional, clinical, biomedical and psychosocial foundations to practise collaboratively as doctors, and to undertake further training in any field of medicine.

The Otago Medical School delivers a socially accountable education programme that emphasises graduate commitment to improving the health of individuals and communities, to equitable health outcomes and to the Treaty of Waitangi.

The University of Otago medical degree (the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery; MB ChB) takes five years from admission after either First Year Health Sciences (undertaken in Dunedin) or a prior undergraduate degree. The first two years of the programme (Early Learning in Medicine) take place in Dunedin; from fourth year, the class is split across Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington for the three clinically-based Advanced Learning in Medicine years. 

More information about studying Medicine


Download the Medicine infosheet (PDF 170 KB) for more information about the following:

  • Background required
  • Admission to the programme
  • Clinical requirements
  • Immunity status
  • International applications

Please contact the Health Sciences Admissions Office for further information.

How to apply

The Division of Health Sciences website has information about how to apply for entry to Medicine.