Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


1 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018

1 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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UON program code: 40098
CRICOS code: 096893G

Study Bio-Innovation and Design

The University of Newcastle Master of Bioinnovation and Design focuses on collaboration to solve challenges with both local and global impact in the allied health, medical or biomedical field. Through interdisciplinary team learning, you will gain experience in design processes, such as strategies to support innovation, design ethics and research, as well as an introduction to entrepreneurship and startup business models.

This program is aimed at fast tracking students with a STEMM or related background towards pathways in industry requiring a background in design, innovation and commercialisation. STEMM based graduates will gain experience in design, innovation, commercialisation and entrepreneurship, and will become agents for facilitating collaborations between industry and the research sector.

Why study with us?

  • Gain invaluable industry insights and know-how – you will have the opportunity to engage with keynote speakers who will offer their advice on opportunities and pitfalls in the biotechnology and biomedical industry.
  • Work with industry and academic leaders in the field – you will work on cross-disciplinary projects and collaborate with peers, academic experts and industry professionals, giving you real-world experience that you can apply in your chosen career path.

Master of Bio-Innovation and Design professional student

What you will study

The Master of Bioinnovation and Design offers project-based courses which enable you to work collaboratively to move through a process of needs analysis, business planning, product development and proof of concept testing. You will also take courses designed to sharpen your project management, entrepreneurship and startup business creation skills.

To assist you in refining your practical abilities, the program offers six cutting edge bioinnovation and design projects which have been preselected by a College of Experts for their relevance to and solutions for the commercial space:

  • Project 1: Using biology and materials science to improve wetsuit design for protection from first strike shark attacks.
  • Project 2: Development of smart metabolite sensors to detect biomarkers in urine and faeces: the smart toilet
  • Project 3: Development of the biosensors for the detection of ovulation
  • Project 4: A portal for personalised genomic variant integration
  • Project 5: Identification of new MRI contrast agents
  • Project 6: Design of a Particulate Matter (PM) exposure system for health studies

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

The Master of BioInnovation and Design focuses on collaboration and engagement with experts in academic fields, as well as leaders in commercial, public and creative sectors. Upon completion, you will be armed with finely tuned entrepreneurial qualities that have been developed in tandem with strong research and innovation skills. You will be equipped to continue to plan, develop, create and deliver worthwhile solutions to the limitless marketplace that is bioinnovation.

Possible career paths may include:

  • allied health, medical and biomedical research
  • business strategist
  • project manager in the biomedical field
  • entrepreneurship