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Masters degree in Bioengineering & Nanomedicine

Introduction to the Master of Applied Science in Bioengineering

The Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Bioengineering is a one-year thesis-only research degree.

The University of Otago's Applied Science Programme emphasises:

  • scientific excellence
  • interdisciplinarity
  • entrepreneurship and
  • external engagement.

Conducting research in bioengineering enables students to apply their knowledge of physical or engineering principles to address problems in biology and medicine. Candidates for the MAppSc are based in one or more departments within the Divisions of Sciences or Health Sciences.

If you are interested in studying towards a MAppSc with the Centre for Bioengineering and Nanomedicine there are a number of ways you can proceed:

  1. Look through the list of potential projects on our Research Projects and, if one interests you, contact the relevant staff member directly.
  2. If the projects listed are not what you are looking for, browse our staff profiles to see what research our staff are currently undertaking. Please contact the relevant staff member directly if an area of research interests you.
  3. If you have a particular topic in mind and are unsure who would be the best person to contact, or you would like to discuss your options, you can contact Dr Azam Ali, email:
  4. Prospective students should contact the relevant staff member (or the Centre) outlining their research interests and attach a copies of their curriculum vitae and their transcript showing all the papers taken and grades obtained for their Honours or Masters degree.

International students should be aware that there are University requirements for previous study as well as knowledge of English.

Please contact the International Office for further information.

Graduate Research Services have further information about research masters degrees. They also provide a research masters' handbook that includes information about admission and enrolment requirements and procedures.

Financial support

There are a number of options for financial support while you are completing your degree. Before completing a scholarship application you need to have made contact with an academic who will supervise you during your study.

Available Masters' Scholarships include:

  • University of Otago Research Masters' Scholarships (available for both domestic and international students)
  • scholarships for Māori and Pacific Island applicants
  • a number of specialised discipline-specific scholarships.

Scholarships provide a stipend and a fee waiver for one year. Applications are continually assessed throughout the year.

Visit the Otago Scholarships website for further details and application forms.

Academic requirements

For any applicant to be considered by the Centre for Bioengineering and Nanomedicine, they must

  • be eligible for admission to the MAppSc programme at the University of Otago
  • hold qualifications that are acceptable to the University of Otago
  • must normally have completed either a four year honours degree or a Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant subject
  • must normally have attained an average grade of B or better for all papers in the final year of study

If a candidate only has a three year degree, completion of a Postgraduate Diploma will be required before admission to the MAppSc can be approved.

Further information on entry requirements for study towards a Masters' degree at the University of Otago is available in the handbook.

Please contact the International Office for further information on the entry requirements for students who are basing their application on qualifications from outside New Zealand.

English language requirements

All courses at the University of Otago are taught and examined in English. If your first language is not English you must provide evidence of a satisfactory level of English language proficiency.

The minimum requirements for postgraduate study are:

  • University of Otago English for Otago with a grade of C or higher
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0)
  • Paper-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 587 with TWE (Test of Written English) 4.5
  • Internet-based TOEFL score of 95 with a minimum writing score of 22
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Grade B
  • APIEL (Advanced Placement International English Language) Examination - Grade 4.

Visit the Postgraduate page of the international office's website for further information on English language requirements.

Further information on the Master of Applied Science in Bioengineering

If you would like more information about the Master of Applied Science in Bioengineering, please contact the:

Centre for Bioengineering and Nanomedicine
Centre for Innovation
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

Tel +64 3 479 7456

Please visit the Masters page of the University's website for further information about the completing a Research Masters’ degree at the University of Otago.