Postgraduate students who select bioengineering are spoilt for choice with a wide range of research projects including the mathematical modelling of the physiology and pathophysiology of organ systems, instrumentation and medical device development, systems biology, biomimetics and software development.

Areas of study

The development of anatomically and biophysically based mathematical models for all aspects of human physiology from genes to whole organs, together with the experimental techniques and instrumentation required to measure cell and tissue properties and perform model validation experiments.

A major part of this effort is the development of material property databases and computational and visualisation software, and to develop as many applications of this technology as possible.

You can study Bioengineering in the following programmes:

What you will learn

Gain an understanding of biological function through the developed models and apply this to medical diagnosis, drug discovery and medical device manufacture.

Career opportunities

All research has the dual aim of:


  • Contributing to some aspect of healthcare by improving the understanding of physiological processes and hence the medical diagnosis and treatment of injury or disease.
  • Creating employment opportunities in New Zealand for our graduates.


More information

Doctoral and masters bioengineering research projects

Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI)