Change to Graduate-only entry into the MBChB programme

Ellen Veronica made this Official Information request to University of Auckland

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From: Ellen Veronica

Dear University of Auckland,

Currently, students wishing to enter the MBChB programme can enter through the first-year pathway (first-year BSc Biomedical Science / BHSc), or as graduates with a qualifying degree (https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/study/stud...). Given that increasing numbers of graduate students have been accepted into the MBChB programme relative to first-year students in recent years, there is speculation that the University is transitioning to graduate-only entrance.

In relation to this, please provide the following:

1. Any review(s) which consider the role of first-year entry into the MBChB programme, or a transition to graduate-only entry
2. Written minutes of any Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences meetings (including meetings of the Medical Programme Directorate, Board of Studies (Medicine), or any Working Party established for the purposes of reviewing the entry process into the MBChB programme) regarding the role of first-year entry into the MBChB programme, or a transition to graduate-only entry

Information prior to 2019 is not necessary to provide.

Yours faithfully,

Ellen Veronica

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John Yang left an annotation ()

I do not think UoA is transitioning to graduate-only entry at all.

There has not been an increasing numbers of graduate students being accepted into the MBChB program. In 2020, 68 graduate students received offers and enrolled into MBChB but in 2021, only 30 graduate students received offers and 28 subsequently enrolled. Rather, there has been a decrease of 40 enrolments for graduate students from 2020 to 2021. Similarly, in 2019 only 29 graduate students enrolled in the MBChB program.

The reason why in 2020, a large number of graduate students were taken onboard compared to FYs was because the combined rankscore of FYs was below that of graduate (i.e. highest total combined rank score receives offers).

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