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Biomedical Science - Entry requirements for the BSc

Entry to the BSc in Biomedical Science is limited. Selection into this programme will require a higher standard than some other programmes. Please check the entry requirements.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for the BSc in Biomedical Science but who meet requirements to enter other BSc majors (e.g. Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physiology) should accept one of these programmes in order to obtain higher grades and be reconsidered for entry. You may apply again for BSc in Biomedical Science in the following year if your overall GPA is 4.0 or above, subject to place availability.

Please note that if you are accepted into the BSc in a different major with the intention of applying for Biomedical Science at the end of your first year and then applying for the Medical Imaging, Medicine, Optometry or Pharmacy, you should not take any of the first-year Biomedical courses until your first full year of Biomedical Science. To be eligible to apply to these programmes, Year 1 of the Biomedical Science specialisation must be complete within one academic year. For more information about this please contact the Science Student Centre.


Year 13 preparation for entry

Students should take a range of science subjects at Year 13 or NCEA Level 3, including biology, chemistry and physics. Mathematics is also advised, as well as a subject which enhances literacy, such as English or a humanities subject.

The first-year Biomedical Science assumes knowledge of NCEA Level 3 Biology and Chemistry as well as Level 2 Physics and Mathematics.


Useful tips for applying to programmes and enrolling in classes

  • If a BSc in Biomedical Science is your first choice, we strongly recommend that you also apply for another BSc in an alternative major (eg. Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physiology, etc) as your second choice in case you don't meet the entry requirement for Biomedical Science.
  • Once you have accepted your place in Biomedical Science, you should enrol as soon as possible as places in courses are also limited. Using the 'Timetable Planner' option on Student Services Online, there is an enrolment option for the Biomedical Science first-year students.
  • If you accept a BSc in Biomedical Science and then decide to accept an alternative programme or subject, please contact the Science Student Centre so that we can discontinue the BSc or change the subject for you.

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87020