Develop expertise in applying biological and biomedical knowledge to the improvement of human health, through the development of novel approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of disease with this Master of Biomedical Science from University of Auckland.
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This Master of Biomedical Science from University of Auckland will prepare high-achieving science graduates and graduates of some clinical programmes (e.g. MBChB) to develop expertise in applying in-depth biological and biomedical knowledge to the improvement of human health through the development of novel approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Students will design and conduct biomedical research and/or translational research designed to improve clinical practice. A written thesis setting out your findings will also be required.


Biomedical science has made transformative contributions over the past decade, stimulating growth in a wide range of industries including agriculture, pharmaceuticals, veterinary science and medical research. There are a variety of opportunities in universities, research institutes and private sector pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries (particularly in the United States and Europe) for those with postgraduate training in this field. 

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design and Analysis in Biomedical Research
  • Project Design in Biomedical Science
  • Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Part-time: Varies

  • Credits
    120 alternative credits

    120 or 240

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Research 120 points  

You need to have completed one year of postgraduate study in biomedical science (or an equivalent subject), following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0.

Research 240 points

You need to have completed an undergraduate degree in biomedical science (or an equivalent subject) at a recognised university (or similar institution). You will need a GPE of 5.0 in 75% of your most advanced-level courses.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26673 USD/year
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  • National

    5748 USD/year
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  • Domestic: NZ$8,530.80 – $9,274.80
  • International: NZ$39,584 – $42,606

Living costs for Auckland

  • 1400 - 2200 NZD/month
    Living Costs

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