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A decision has been made to disestablish the Centre for Materials Science and Technology, effective 31 December 2018.

The University is committed to supporting students through to the completion of their qualifications, and postgraduate students supervised by staff in CMAST will continue to receive appropriate supervision. In 2018 we anticipate little or no change for students who are currently enrolled in postgraduate study within the Centre.

If you have any questions or concerns about your personal course of study, contact Dr Sally Shaw, Associate Dean (Postgraduate), Division of Sciences.

Due to the Centre’s disestablishment, there will be no further enrolments in CMAST postgraduate programmes.

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Postgraduate Diploma

This is a one year course and consists of four papers and a research project.  It is available in 2019 for Bioengineering only.

Entry requirement

An undergraduate degree qualification.

Applying for Postgraduate Diploma

Applications for admission to a Postgraduate Diploma programme should normally be submitted by 10 December for study beginning at the start of the following academic year. Late applications can be considered.

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A Master's degree can be studied in either a one year (thesis only) or a two-year programme (four papers and thesis preliminary in the first year and a Masters thesis research project in the second year).  A taught Master's is also available (12-18 months).

Details about the Masters programmes (MAppSc, MSc) are available elsewhere on the Otago website.

In 2019 only Bioengineering will be available.

Entry requirements

Candidates with an honours degree or postgraduate diploma may apply for Master’s study by thesis only. Candidates with a three-year bachelor’s degree may apply for master’s study by coursework and thesis.

Any student who has taken a first degree outside the University of Otago will have their application evaluated by the Centre Research Committee. Acceptance as a candidate for the degree depends upon the University being able to provide adequate expert supervision in the intended area of research.

Applying for Master's study

Applications for admission to a Master’s programme should normally be submitted by 10 December for study beginning at the start of the following academic year. Entry by 1 June for study beginning in Semester 2 is possible only for candidates seeking to complete a Masters degree by thesis. Late applications can be considered.

Visit the Master's webpage on the main Otago site for more information.


Taught postgraduate papers in 2018

BIOE 401: Research methods in Bioengineering

BIOE 402: Special topics in Bioengineering

BIOE 403: (was DETE 402): Bioengineering design

BIOE 404: Medical devices and technology

BIOE 480/495: Research projects in Bioengineering

CLTE 451: Physical properties of Clothing and Textiles

CLTE 452: Social aspects of Clothing and Textiles

CLTE 453: Research methods in Clothing and Textiles

CLTE 454: Clothing, materials and workplace injury

CLTE 480/490/495: Research projects in Clothing and Textiles Sciences

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded on the basis of the submission of a thesis. The thesis provides evidence of the candidate’s ability to carry out research, that the candidate has shown originality and independence, and that the candidate has made a significant contribution to knowledge in the particular field. It is expected that some of the work in the thesis would be worthy of publication. The research should be of a kind that a diligent and competent student might reasonably be expected to complete within 3 years of full-time study.

Doctor of Philosophy students enrolling for the first time at a New Zealand university are eligible to pay tuition fees at the New Zealand domestic level. International PhD students must be resident in New Zealand.

Entrance requirements

Admission usually requires the completion of a master’s degree, or a four year first class or upper second class honours degree in the same area of study, or a related discipline. Applicants for this degree must have a demonstrated research background. Applications are welcome at any time.

Apply for PhD study

Applications for admission for PhD study are considered as they arise.

Details about PhD study can be obtained from the PhD webpage on the main Otago website.

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Enquiries about postgraduate study

If you are interested in being accepted by the University as a candidate for a research Master’s or PhD degree in Bioengineering, browse information on this site.

Information for prospective postgraduate International students i.e. individuals who are not New Zealand or Australian citizens, or permanent residents is available.

Initial contact and discussion is encouraged with potential supervisors in the Centre. Formal application for postgraduate study is made through eVision (

The initial application will require:

  • Certified copy of full academic record (if not an Otago graduate)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Detail of any professional experience relevant to the proposed course of study
  • An initial research proposal
  • Detail of funding support already obtained, or which is being sought
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency (if English is not your first language)

More information

Please download the attached PDF for more information on the Centre's postgraduate application process (pdf 58KB).

Initial enquiries can be sent directly to the Centre's Postgraduate Co-ordinator, Associate Professor Sarah Wakes (

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