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Postgraduate Diploma in Biomedical Science

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Grafton Campus


Ideal for high-achieving graduates from science qualifications and some clinical programmes (eg MBChB). Examine processes underpinning human disease processes, and design and conduct medical science research addressing key health issues.

Programme overview

Postgraduate research options reflect our strengths in cancer biology and therapeutics; cardiovascular biology; cellular and molecular biomedicine; genetics and development; microbiology and immunology; neurobiology; nutrition; and reproduction, growth and metabolism.

Courses and research projects are offered at both the Grafton (Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences) and City (Faculty of Science) campuses.

Programme structure

120 points

Two core courses: Design and analysis in biomedical research and Project design (30 points)

Choose from a selection of advanced level courses listed in the Master of Biomedical Science Schedule (90 points)

Must be completed within one year if enrolled full-time and four years if part time.

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

Where could this programme take you?

Graduates will find there are a variety of opportunities in universities, research institutes and pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries. Private sector employment in the latter fields is particularly strong in the United States and Europe. Significant growth in this area is anticipated in New Zealand. We advise that the University of Auckland is not involved in the employment of graduates and can make no guarantee of post-qualification registration or employment in New Zealand or any other country.

Further study options

Master of Biomedical Science

Entry criteria

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences at a recognised university (or similar institution).

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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