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Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBiomedSc)

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Otago


The University of Otago has a strong international reputation for biomedical research. The Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBiomedSc) is a one year thesis only postgraduate degree, which will allow you to further your career in biomedical sciences.

It provides an excellent foundation for an academic or research career, and an internationally-recognised stepping stone for possible into a PhD programme.

Duration of the Programme

a. A candidate for the degree shall usually follow a programme of one year of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.

b. A candidate for the degree will be expected to meet the requirements for the degree within two years of admission to the programme.

Structure of the Programme

a. The degree may be awarded in any of the subjects listed in the MBiomedSc Schedule. With the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) the degree may be awarded in a subject not listed in the MBiomedSc Schedule.

b. The programme of study shall consist of the preparation and submission of a thesis embodying the results of supervised research.

c. Prior to commencement of the thesis, the topic and supervisors of the thesis shall be approved by the Head of Department concerned and then the Director of the Biomedical Sciences programme (or nominee).

d. A candidate may not present a thesis which has previously been accepted for another degree.

3 campuses, 6 biomedical fields

Available at our Christchurch, Dunedin, and Wellington campuses, the MBiomedSc degree involves a period of supervised research in one of six biomedical fields:

Drugs and Human Health

Functional Human Biology

Infection and Immunity

Molecular Basis of Health and Disease

Nutrition and Metabolism in Human Health

Reproduction, Genetics and Development

Projects can be undertaken in one of our many departments involved in biomedical research.

Entry criteria

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences). Every applicant must either: be a graduate of an Honours programme or a Postgraduate Diploma programme in a biomedical subject containing a research report, thesis preparation, or dissertation of at least one quarter of the programme, or have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences). Applicants must normally have achieved an average grade of at least B+ in the entry qualification with at least a B+ in the research component.

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic module) (including IELTS Online) - Overall score of 6.5, no individual band below 6.0.
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score of 90 and a writing score of 21.
  • C1 Advanced (previously Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) or C2 Proficiency (previously Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)) - Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169).
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.
  • Language Cert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a high pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill OR C2 Mastery (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill.
  • NZCEL - NZCEL 5 Academic endorsement
  • English New Zealand's Accredited Pathway Assessment - Assessment Level 3 (with no skill lower than Level 2).
  • APIEL Advanced Placement International English Language Examination - Grade 4 or higher.

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