Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2020 Semester One – 2 March
2021 Semester One – 1 March
Available locations
Programme type
Research options available

Programme overview

Taught by the School of Biological Sciences, the Business School and the Faculty of Law, the MBioEnt teaches scientists to understand and protect the value of their research.

You’ll learn how to translate breakthrough discoveries into high value products, strategies for commercialisation, key aspects of intellectual property law, valuation tools, and how to write a business plan.

You’ll also complete a six-month industry internship, which offers a unique opportunity to put your skills into practice.

Programme structure

The MBioEnt may be completed full-time in one year, or part-time over two years.

Students must complete 120 points from the following courses:

  • 90-point thesis completed as a business research project and submitted during a six-month industry internship
  • 30 points from courses on the following topics: Science Enterprise Research Methods; Product Development and Regulatory Environments; Current Issues in Bioscience Enterprise

2020 entry requirements

Programme requirements

You must have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Bioscience Enterprise (PGDipBioEnt) at the University of Auckland with a GPA of 6.0 in at least 90 points.

If you have completed an undergraduate degree (or higher) in science, engineering or technology, you must complete the PGDipBioEnt before applying for this programme.

Further programme requirements

You will also require approval from the Programme Director.

How much does a Master of Bioscience Enterprise cost per year?

2019 fees

Domestic students
NZ$8,530.80 – $9,274.80*
International students

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $7.06 per point, estimated at $847.20 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Scholarships and awards

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Student loans and allowances

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Cost of living

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Key dates

1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2019
8 December 2018

Start dates

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Other important dates

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Where could this programme take you?

Graduates of the MBioEnt can look forward to opportunities in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, reagent or device companies; the food and beverage industry; technology transfer offices in universities; Crown Research Institutes; business development, finance and investment firms; and Government agencies.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Business analyst
  • Business development
  • Consultant
  • Market analyst
  • Marketing professional
  • Product development
  • Regulatory development

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For more information about careers and our industry networks, head to the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology (IIB) website.

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