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Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering

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Level of Study

Doctoral Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Epsom Campus


The PhD is a globally recognised postgraduate research degree and the highest level of degree you can achieve. PhD students are critical, curious, creative thinkers who undertake original research over at least 3 years.

This course is also offered at overseas locations.


Bioengineering is the application of engineering sciences and technical innovation to human physiology and medicine.

Subject overview

Whether you have a desire to improve healthcare systems, develop new medical devices, make a new discovery, or work in a commercial environment, Bioengineering may be able to provide you with opportunities to do all of this.

You will be conducting hands-on research at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) on a project that you have agreed on with your supervisor. The research areas at ABI range from biomimetics to women’s health, and your project could be focused on one or more of these areas.

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With your project, you could be unravelling the mysteries of the human body using 3D modelling, exploring the potential of artificial intelligence or developing tools for better stroke rehabilitation. These are just examples of some of the things that Bioengineering can offer you. The findings that stem from your PhD may change and challenge existing knowledge and technology; your research could potentially provide a solution for real-world problems.

Bioengineering aims to develop skills that enable you to conduct research independently. These include critical thinking, problem-solving, presentation and writing skills, which can be useful in your future careers.

Programme structure

The University of Auckland PhD is a three-to-four year full-time advanced research degree.

On possible to the PhD programme, you will be enrolled provisionally. By the end of your first year, you must meet a number of goals to be confirmed into the PhD programme, including developing a full thesis proposal. After confirmation, you will continue to work on your research before submitting your thesis for examination after three years and within four years of your start date. The examination process includes an oral exam.

As part of your PhD study, you can take part in our doctoral skills programme, designed to help you achieve success in your research and develop skills for your future. We have a dedicated postgraduate careers advisor, and our library service includes specialist subject librarians to help you in your research. The central School of Graduate Studies provides dedicated support and advice for the doctoral community.

Where could this programme take you?

Our PhD graduates are successful in a wide range of fields and careers, as well as the traditional academic research career path. The PhD gives you extensive specialist and transferable skills, which are sought after in many sectors, including industry and government, and can even help you to develop entrepreneurship skills to run your own startup.

Entry criteria

Masters-level qualification or the equivalent of a bachelor's degree with honours

Evidence of significant research, usually undertaken as part of prior study

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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