The Otago Medical School (OMS) is part of the University of Otago Division of Health Sciences, and has a long history of provision of research-based undergraduate, postgraduate, professional, and academic programmes of study of international standard.

Otago Medical School consists of 4 schools across 3 campuses:
Dunedin School of Medicine (DSM)
School of Biomedical Sciences (BMS)
University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC)
University of Otago, Wellington (UOW)


Health Sciences First Year

Duration: 1 Years Intakes: Mar
Fees: NZ$35,216* /yearly average

The Health Sciences First Year course is a general course designed to prepare students seeking entry into any one of the Health Sciences professional degrees:

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
  • Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLSc)
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB)
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty)

Note: Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) is not the same as Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc).

Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) is a course to be completed in the first year that provides a foundation for the Bachelor of Dental Technology, Bachelor Oral Health, and Bachelor of Radiation Therapy, as well as advanced study in the biological, biomedical and other sciences.

Admission to second year classes in Dentistry, Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Physiotherapy is determined by Admissions Committees and is most commonly gained through a competitive Health Sciences First Year.

Health Sciences First Year



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 1st Year course and then apply for admission to second year medicine.

Graduates may also apply for admission at 2nd year. If successful, students will complete a further 5 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.


Duration: 1 + 3 Years Intakes: Mar
Fees: NZ$40,748* /yearly average

Medical laboratory professionals are the behind-the-scenes backbone of medicine. More than 70% of medical decisions are based on the results of laboratory tests. Modern medicine would be impossible without medical laboratory testing. From one blood or tissue sample, we can assess kidney, liver or heart function, or if a person has an infection or cancer.

This degree is the only undergraduate pathway to work as a medical laboratory scientist in New Zealand.

Duration: 1-2 Year Intakes: Mar
Fees: NZ$39,478* /year

The Master of Medical Laboratory Science (MMLSc) degree, and preceding Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science (PGDipMLSc), allow a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLSc) graduate to pursue a full-time research option, possibly leading on to a PhD.

The MMLSc can also allow experienced Medical Laboratory Scientists with unrelated or no previous university study to undertake research-based qualifications which may assist them into research and academic careers. Potential candidates should note that there is a strong focus on assisting the individual to develop self-directed research skills


Radiation therapy is the treatment of disease, usually cancer, by radiation. The radiation therapist is part of a skilled team of health professionals who care for and treat mainly cancer patients. Working under supervision of an oncologist, the radiation therapist plans and delivers the treatment.

Radiation therapists have a close involvement with patients, usually carrying out treatment five days a week for four to six weeks. With advances in early detection of cancer, most patients can be cured, resulting in immense job satisfaction for the radiation therapist.


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New Frontiers (Excellence) NZ$2,500
New Frontiers (Sustained Excellence) NZ$5,000
Coursework Master’s Scholarship NZ$10,000
International Master’s Scholarship (Master’s thesis) NZ$13,000
Master of Finance NZ$10,000
Master of Professional Accounting NZ$10,000
Doctoral Scholarship NZ$25,000
Dr Sulaiman Daud 125th Jubilee Postgraduate Scholarship
(Doctoral, Malaysian students)
*Note: The indicated course fees is per annum based and based on completing a standard full time study load. Fees may increase yearly.

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