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 structure

The 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.

Computational Physiology

Computational physiology workflow

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.One-week module

Module content and timetable

Instrumentation and design

A photo of a workshop at the Instrumentation and Design course.

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.One-week module

Module content and timetable

Experimental design and methods

A student during an experimental design and methods workshop.

Designed to expose students to learning about clinical experimental techniques, ethics around clinical research and to increase awareness about various imaging and laboratory methodsMedical 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.One-week module

Module content and timetable

Clinical awareness

Aimed at exposing students to a learning environment from a clinical viewpointExamples 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.One-week moduleStudents 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

A group shot of students at Orion Health as part of the commercialisation and entrepreneurship course.

Designed to expose students to the commercial aspect of research to build awareness about the industry and how they could potentially commercialise their researchMay 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.One-week module

Module content and timetable


Student testimonials

"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!"

-Luca Parisi,
PhD student, Auckland Bioengineering Institute

Computational physiology module“The Doctoral Training Programme has been instrumental in learning a range of skills that will be useful throughout my studies.”

-Sophie Morton
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.”

-Soheila Mohammadyari
PhD student, Auckland University of Technology


For further enquiries, please contact Nina Pettersson-Fox (DTP Coordinator) at n.pettersson-fox@auckland.ac.nz.