Master of Science (Research)

The Master of Science (Research) is a great opportunity to gain advanced research skills and explore an area within science through the one-year research thesis.

You study in a friendly, professional environment and can choose the generic Master of Science (Research) or select one of: Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Food Science, Geospatial Science, Marine Science, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.

In the second year, you focus on your thesis (120 points), gaining advanced skills in critical analysis and expertise in research methods, communication, analysis and evaluation. The thesis is your opportunity to research an area of your interest, working closely with your supervisor.

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Minimum entry requirements

One of the following (or equivalent) with a B grade average in courses at level 7:

  • Bachelor of Science OR
  • Graduate Diploma in Science

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent

English language requirements

You need to complete a total of 240 points, including 120 points from advanced-level courses.

In the first year (or equivalent part-time) you complete courses from our vast range of courses.

In the second year, you complete your thesis, gaining advanced skills in critical analysis and expertise in research methods, communication, analysis and evaluation.

Choose from a wide range of courses

You can complete the 240-point Master of Science (Research) without a specialisation, and choose from a wide range of courses.

At the heart of this master's degree is the research thesis, which you complete in your second year.

Applicants transferring from the AUT Postgraduate Diploma in Science (or equivalent) must complete the requirements of the postgraduate diploma with a minimum of a B grade average before starting the thesis.


To specialise in one of the areas listed below, complete the courses listed for this specialisation.

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Master of Science (Research) are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

More information about this programme


Sukhpreet Kaur Gill
Zoyha Zabin Nisha
Kushaal Maharaj
Elianna Zoura
Ashleigh McNie
Quick facts
Programme code:
2 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus
27 Feb 2023
17 Jul 2023
$10,277 (for 120 points)
($9,203 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$41,074 (for 120 points)
($40,000 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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