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School of Optometry and Vision Science


Entry requirements

Entry to the Bachelor of Optometry (BOptom) is at Part II and is limited and competitive. Students will be selected on the basis of academic merit and personal qualities exhibited during a selection interview.

All short-listed candidates will be required to attend selection interviews at the faculty during November and December each year. For further details, check Important dates.

 

Please Note:
  • Applications close 1 October: Late or incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.

  • Entry criteria may change from year to year. For the latest information, applicants should consult this website, the faculty prospectus or the Faculty Admissions Office.

 

There are different entry requirements and admissions procedures for domestic and international students. New Zealand and Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents are domestic students.

 

Domestic students


Entry into Part II of the programme is limited to 60 places each year. Five of these places have been set aside for applicants of Maori and Pacific Island descent, as well as five places under the Regional Rural Admissions Scheme (RRAS).

Please note that selection criteria may change from year to year.

There are two categories for entry:  Undergraduate or Graduate

 

Category One - Undergraduate

There are currently two options (Option A and Option B outlined below) for undergraduates who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

 

OPTION A

Completion of one year BSc in Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland.  The six core papers must be exactly as listed in the schedule below and will be used to assess grade point average (GPA).

Course Code

Course Title

Semester

BIOSCI 101 Essential Biology: From Genomes to Organisms S1
BIOSCI 107 Biology for Biomedical Science: Cellular Processes and Development S1
BIOSCI 106 Foundations of Biochemistry S2
CHEM 110 Chemistry of the Living World S1 & 2
PHYSICS 160 Physics for the Life Sciences S1 & 2
MEDSCI 142 Biology for Biomedical Science: Organ Systems S2

Plus 30 points comprising either two General Education courses or one General Education plus one 15 point elective course from the Science schedule.  These are not counted when determining the GPA.

 

OPTION B

Completion of one year Health Science at the University of Otago. The seven core papers must be exactly as listed in the schedule below and will be used to determine the GPA.

Course Code

Course Title

BIOC 192 Foundations of Biochemistry
CELS 191 Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health
HUBS 191 Human Body Systems I
HUBS 192 Human Body Systems II
PHSI 191 Biological Physics
PUBH 192 Foundations of Epidemiology

Selection Process

All applicants deemed eligible will be ranked on their grades achieved in the core courses listed in the schedules above. If the final grades are not available, an interim grade (highest possible) will be temporarily assigned for the interview ranking only.  Official final results will be used for the final selection.

The minimum GPA required for an admission interview is determined once we have received and reviewed the entire application pool for the admission period and it can vary from year to year.

Interviews will be offered to those who meet the minimum academic requirement determined for the admission period.  These will be conducted in late November and early December. 

Selection is based on both the GPA and the interview outcome.

Please note that selection is competitive with a large number of candidates competing for the available places.  In recent years the GPA of successful applicants has been 6.5.

 

Category Two - Graduate

Bachelor Degree Graduates who are New Zealand Citizens, or have permanent resident status. Those candidates who meet the minimum academic requirement will be offered an interview.  Selection will be based on both the academic record and interview.

The minimum GPA required for an admission interview is determined once we have received and reviewed the entire application pool for that admission period and it can vary from year to year.

Interviews will be offered to those who meet the minimum academic requirement determined for the admission period.  These will be conducted in late November and early December. 

Selection is based on both the GPA and the interview outcome.

Please note that selection is competitive with a large number of candidates competing for the available places.  In recent years the GPA of successful applicants has been 6.5.

 

Special entry quotas - available for domestic students only

1.       Regional Rural Admission Scheme

Students from the First Year or Alternative Admissions entry may qualify to apply under the Regional Rural Admission Scheme.

A student may qualify for this category of entry if they meet one of the following criteria:

1.       Undertaken their entire pre-secondary education in a regional/rural area whilst living in a regional/rural area; or

2.       Spent at least three years at a secondary school which is located in a regional/rural area;

A regional/rural area is defined as any part of New Zealand that does not fall within the local authority boundaries of the

  •        Auckland City Council
  •        Hamilton City Council
  •        Tauranga City Council
  •        Wellington City Council
  •        Porirua City Council
  •        Hutt City Council
  •        Upper Hutt City Council
  •        Christchurch City Council
  •        Dunedin City Council

Students wishing to apply under the Regional Rural Admission Scheme category must provide evidence of their regional or rural origin.

Applicants who are ineligible will be notified and their application will be considered under the general category.

Further information on the Regional/rural category

2.   Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS)

This category is specifically for students of Māori or Pacific descent. There are two sub-categories within MAPAS namely: MAPAS First entry and MAPAS Alternative Admission entry.

All applicants deemed eligible under the MAPAS scheme must be able to demonstrate a willingness to actively participate in their culture.

Interviews will take place in December. These assess personal and experiential attributes as well as the academic background of each applicant. The interview panels will consist of staff members of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and invited members of the wider community.  Included on the panel will be a faculty member with Māori and Pacific affiliation.

If you wish to apply under this quota, please Visit the MAPAS site.

Certificate in Health Sciences Students

Students who have completed the MAPAS Certificate in Health Sciences foundation year should apply for entry into the Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) at the University of Auckland and take the following courses:  BIOSCI101, 106, 107, CHEM 110, PHYSICS 160 and MEDSCI 142. On completion of the one year programme students will then be eligible to apply for the BOptom.

 

How to apply

  • Apply for the BOptom programme
    Visit the University of Auckland's Apply now page  

  • Applications for the BOptom programme close 01 October of the preceding year.

  • Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

 

Please note:  MAPAS applicants must submit the MH04 MAPAS form before the application closing date. Submission of MH04 forms does not constitute a formal application.

 

 

Interview and selection process

Interviews will take place in late November and early December in Auckland only. All shortlisted applicants must be available to attend an interview in person during the set interview period; see Important Dates.

Applicants who are unable to attend their interview on the relevant date will not be considered further.

The interview component comprises of 8 Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) stations. Each station has one interviewer and takes 8 minutes to complete: 2 minutes for the applicant to read and think over given scenario + 6 minutes interview.

Candidates who apply to more than one of the Part II entry professional programmes (Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy) in any one academic calendar year will only be offered one MMI. The results of the MMI will be used for all applications.

The interview panels will consist of staff members of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and invited members of the wider community.

The MMI aims to assess non-academic qualities that are considered by the faculty to be important for those wishing to pursue a career in healthcare.

In preparing for the interview, ask yourself if you have the following:

  • Maturity

  • Leadership

  • Social responsibility

  • A strong commitment to the study and practice

  • Humanistic qualities such as empathy and sensitivity

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Fluency in English

  • A strong academic background in sciences

  • An enthusiasm for life-long learning

  • A wide knowledge of New Zealand's multifaceted communities and cultures

  • Awareness of prevailing health needs and community issues

  • Awareness of the nature of the health profession

  • Certainty about career choice

  • Enthusiasm for people and their well-being

  • All round abilities and interests across a wide variety of activities

 

Applicants should note that while the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences makes every effort to contact candidates, the onus is on the applicant to ensure that we have all the necessary documentation. These include:

  • your completed formal online application for the BOptom programme - this includes all documents required by the University of Auckland Admissions Office - eg, proof of identity, photo, academic records etc

  • your MH04 supplementary information form (MAPAS applicants only)

  • graduate students: Your final official transcript from your university

  • RRAS students: evidence of your primary and/or secondary education.

     

If any of your contact details change, please inform the Faculty Admissions Office.

 

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International students


The Bachelor of Optometry degree and postgraduate study in Optometry and Vision Science is available to selected overseas students if you meet the criteria set by The University of Auckland. There is a limited number of places available to International students, it would be best if you apply early.

For more information please contact the Auckland International Office:

Auckland International
The University of Auckland
Private Bay 92019
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

Phone: +64 9 373 7513
Fax: +64 9 373 7405


Email: int-questions@auckland.ac.nz 

Websitewww.auckland.ac.nz/international

 

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