What will I learn?

Build on your Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science to become a leader in clinical research into the human immune system.

Help improve human health. Prepare for a career researching and developing new clinical treatments such as vaccines and drug therapies, or take your skills into health policy or management.

You'll study advanced immunological theory and techniques and train in clinical trial design and practice. Develop your oral and written communication skills while you study and produce a research paper intended for publication.

The Master of Clinical Immunology (MClinIm) is taught in collaboration with the highly regarded Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, the largest private medical research institute in New Zealand. You'll also learn from practising clinicians from the local district health boards, the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand and other research institutions.

You'll complete your MClinIm in one calendar year over three trimesters.

Workplace and research experience

You can choose to complete either your own research project or a work experience practicum. Both will give you the opportunity to be placed in a clinical or research environment to gain relevant experience. You might work or carry out research in a hospital, research institute or other medical organisation.

You'll graduate with the skills you need to assess, analyse and undertake clinical research in immunology in real-world settings.

What you'll study

In your first trimester you'll complete three core courses introducing you to clinical research, experimental trial design and clinical immunology. In the second trimester you'll study two more core courses and do your research project or practicum, or choose other elective courses.

If you achieve a B average or better, you'll be able to go on to study the two final courses in your last trimester. These will advance your clinical immunology knowledge and science communication skills, and you'll complete an individually mentored research proposal.

If you successfully complete the first part of the programme but for whatever reason are unable to complete the second, you may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Biomedical Science.


The MClinIm will prepare you for a range of senior roles in health research. You might work in a hospital, private research institute, diagnostic laboratory or pharmaceutical company, or for a government agency involved in health policy or delivery.

Advance your expertise with PhD study

If you do well in your MClinIm you may be able to continue your studies and complete a PhD.

A PhD is the highest academic qualification offered by the School of Biological Sciences. You’ll carry out original and sustained research under supervision from world-class academics and researchers.

Programme requirements

For this programme you’ll need to:

Six courses in Part 1:

  • Introduction to Clinical Research and Clinical Trial Practice (CLNR 401)
  • Biostatistics and Informatics (CLNR 403)
  • Clinical Immunology (CLNR 410)
  • Advanced Topics in Clinical Research 1 (CLNR 413)
  • Advanced Topics in Clinical Research 2 (CLNR 414)
  • Either Practicum in Clinical Immunology (CLNR 411) or Research Project in Clinical Immunology (CLNR 412)

Two courses in Part 2:

  • Advanced Clinical Immunology (CLNR 510)
  • Research Design and Implementation (CLNR 511)

Which department am I in?

Wellington Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (3 trimesters)

Tuition fees
NZ $59,700 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 December 2020

More details

Start date

2 March 2021


Victoria University of Wellington

Kelburn Campus,

Level 2, Easterfield Building, Kelburn Parade,



6012, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be accepted into this programme you will need: A Bachelor's degree with a B range average; To have met the prerequisites for the subject you wish to study (see subject section below); To be accepted by the programme director as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study. English Language Requirements: IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0; TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing; Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 65 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 58) EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5.

For international students

To be accepted into this programme you will need:

Bachelor's degree in relevant subject.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

In response to the world’s changing demands, the Wellington Faculty of Science invests in creating programmes in distinctive and emerging areas.

  • Based in Wellington - the science capital of New Zealand
  • Academic staff are highly regarded internationally
  • Home to world-ranking research programmes
  • Offers students state-of-the-art facilities