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Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBiomedSc)

This course is available


Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Wellington Campus


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 Director of the Biomedical Sciences programme (or nominee). Every applicant must either: be a graduate of an Honours programme or a Postgraduate Diploma programme in a biomedical subject containing a research dissertation of at least one third 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 - Score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0). IELTS Online is also accepted.
  • Internet-based TOEFL - Score of 90 with a minimum writing score of 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL - score of 587 (TWE 4.5)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) & Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum of 176
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.
  • LanguageCert - 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
  • University of Otago Language Centre ‘English for Otago’, English for Postgraduate Academic Purposes (EPAP) - Grade C or higher
  • University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA) pathway programmes - Successful completion of the English Pathway for Postgraduate Studies (EPPS) with a B Grade
  • University of Auckland Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP) - Successful completion of the certificate with a B Grade

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