Department of Applied Sciences...


Welcome to the Department of Applied Sciences.  The Department was formed in 2011 and is the home Department for staff in the disciplines of Bioengineering, Clothing and Textile Sciences and Design for Technology. The Department is also a 'virtual' home for staff teaching and students studying the disciplines that form part of the Applied Science Programme. Information about other disciplines that are part of the Applied Science Programme can be found on the Programme website.

The origins of the Applied Sciences Department constituent disciplines Clothing and Textile Sciences and Design can be traced back to the 1920s and 1980s respectively while bioengineering is a new and exciting offering at the University of Otago.  The study of Bioengineering, Clothing and Textile Sciences and Design for Technology provide opportunities in fields which builds on skills and experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Staff in the Department work with internal and external collaborators such as industry and consumer groups and also offer consultancy services. Consultancy services are offered by staff in the department generally, and through the Centre for Bioengineering and Nanomedicine, and the Clothing and Textiles Centre.

Goals of the department

The goals of the Department are to:

Qualifications and programmes

The Department of Applied Sciences is a department with its own degree programme and hosts the BAppSc, BAppSc(Hons), MAppSc and applied PhD qualifications. The Department also serves as an administrative and student centric base for several academic majors currently taught across Sciences.

Find out more about studying Bioengineering, Clothing and Textile Sciences and Design for Technology at the University of Otago.

Tertiary Open Day Competition

The 2014 Teritary Open Day draw to win a $50.00 iTunes voucher will be made this Friday (30 May). If you want to be in the draw you still have time because entries won't close until noon.

To enter the draw answer both questions:

Question One: What subject area interests you - are you in to Bioengineering, Clothing and Textile Sciences and/or Design for Technology?
Question Two: Name a graduate of Applied Sciences at the University of Otago and where they work. (Hint: check out the Careers profiles of our graduates.)

Email your answers along with Tertiary Information Day Competition in the subject line, and your name and school in the body of the email to Applied Science Department Enquiries (

The winner of the iTunes voucher will be drawn on Friday the 28 May, 2014 and the winner and unsuccessful entrants will be notified by email in June. 

If you don't want to enter the draw but do want further information about the subject area that interests you then email us at for further information.