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Study Medicine at Otago

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The Medical course at the University of Otago takes six years and leads to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB).

After admission to medical school students complete the second and third years of the course in Dunedin where they learn about the basic biomedical sciences and the normal and abnormal function of the body systems. Individual development, social influences on health and illness and the role of the doctor are also covered. Teaching is based around lectures, small group tutorials (which are often case-based) and laboratory classes.

The final (clinical) years are completed at the Dunedin School of Medicine, Univeristy of Otago, Christchurch, or University of Otago, Wellington. The focus of these years is on work in hospital wards, in general practices and other community settings.

More detailed information about the MB ChB can be found on the Otago Medical Degree website


Admission to the medical course is usually through the Health Sciences First Year course. Please read the admission requirements carefully.

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Contact details

Health Sciences Admissions Office
Division of Health Sciences
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
Tel +64 3 479 7428
Fax +64 3 479 5058

Website Otago Medical Degree

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See the full list of Medicine (MICN) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB)

Year Papers Points
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 120
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.





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