Doctoral Training Programme
The MedTech CoRE’s Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) is the only one of its kind in New Zealand. Tailor-made with our students in mind, it is an interactive programme that is constantly evolving to stay up-to-date with students’ needs.
Our aim is to produce holistic graduates who are competent and well equipped to make informed decisions for their career and research, and are able to integrate well with the industry.
Programme structureThe DTP takes place during the first six months of the PhD programme and is structured as follows:
- Six modules
- Potential internship within the medtech industry.
While attending the DTP, students also develop an outline of their final PhD proposal.
The six modules are listed below, click on them for more information:
Doctoral Skills Programme
Many problems in medicine and health need innovative actuators, together with their associated control systems. The purpose of the Actuation and Control technology platform is to develop and provide solutions that can support the goals of existing MedTech CoRE projects, but also enable new applications through the development of new actuators, methods, and control systems.
Students will hear from researchers who are involved in computational physiology and get a chance to be involved in practical tutorials using various organs.
Students will learn to segment medical images to create patient-specific models from cellular to structural and functional levels. They then create simulations and visualisations of results.
Instrumentation and design
A hands-on workshop aimed at introducing students to key concepts of mechanical design and tools, manufacturing methods, sensors and electronics, and system automation.
Students will build a prototype pump based around a clinical scenario.
Experimental design and methods
Designed to expose students to learning about clinical experimental techniques, ethics around clinical research and to increase awareness about various imaging and laboratory methods
Medical imaging modalities such as CT, ultrasound and microscopy will be covered via interactive seminars and demonstrations.
Students will also observe and engage with laboratory methods such as cell culturing and gene expression techniques, protein chemistry and chromatography.
Aimed at exposing students to a learning environment from a clinical viewpoint
Examples of activities include meetings with medical professionals and patients, exploring a human anatomy laboratory and observing a cardiac surgical procedure in a typical surgical environment.
Students attending this module will be encouraged to apply to the Engineers in Clinical Residence programme.*
Successful applicants will spend a week in an Auckland hospital interacting with clinicians from various departments.
* The Engineers in Clinical Residence programme is a programme that is separate from the DTP. It is operated by the Faculty of Engineering in partnership with the Auckland District Health Board.
Commercialisation and entrepreneurship
Designed to expose students to the commercial aspect of research to build awareness about the industry and how they could potentially commercialise their research
May include site inspections and interactive talks with businesses such as the MedTech CoRE’s spin out companies and large collaborating industry partners
This is a workshop-based module with group tasks and a presentation.
"You will be able to discuss real-life engineering problems, as well as take part in exciting and useful hands-on science and medical-related activities. It will definitely be worth your time!"
PhD student, Auckland Bioengineering Institute
PhD student, University of Canterbury
“The DTP provides professional development training, which has been an opportunity to develop my academic future in translational research relevant to global health.”
PhD student, Auckland University of Technology
For further enquiries, please contact Nina Pettersson-Fox (DTP Coordinator) at email@example.com.