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Master of Applied Innovation


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • 18 months
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $7,340* first year
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 9
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus


Students in this programme will advance their ability to innovate in the workplace allowing them to immerse themselves into the enterprise environment and gain a postgraduate qualification whilst in employment. This programme offers an accessible academic and professional career development opportunity in research and innovation at postgraduate level, relevant to all disciplines.

​There are no formal classes. Students will be guided through the programme by an academic lead supervisor and will also be paired with an industry mentor. Students will have developed a research plan in the first part of the programme and will be spending at least 3 days a week in business, working on the project.

Students will also be embedded in our community of practice, supported by supervision and mentorship, with access to a national and international network of researchers. Students of the programme will be part of a group of fellow students who will share experiences and knowledge through a dedicated online platforms as well as monthly forums.

This framework will ensure students are well supported in all academic aspects as well as allowing the gaining of insights into the business environment the project is undertaken in.

"Enjoying my Bachelor in Teaching studies, I continued straight into the Postgrad Certificate in Innovation, and am now completing the Master of Applied Innovation. I want to take my postgraduate and master’s studies and apply the additional skills and knowledge I am gaining to help solve real-world problems within an early childhood education context."

Read Grayson's story

View programme modules

Group A


Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
TDRI801Transdisciplinary Research Theoretical Framework

​​​ Elective

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
TDRI802Transdisciplinary Research Problem Framing

Group B 


Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites

TDRI901 or
TDRI902 or
TDRI903 or 
TDRI904 or
TDRI905 or
TDRI906 or
TDRI907 or

Transdisciplinary Research and Innovation in Practice
Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation: TDRI801 plus TDRI802, or TDRI803, or TDR804 and research plan/business plan/proof of concept approved for implementation after completion of TDRI802​, TDRI803 or TDRI804 

NB: Each module code is attached to a different field of study. Students will be enrolled in the module code relevant to the subject area of their project.

What employers are saying

​“Gallagher typically employs engineers and project managers with a strong technical background in one particular engineering discipline. Although deep technical expertise in a particular engineering discipline is imperative, most of these specialists have insufficient capabilities to effectively work across a wide range of technical and non-technical disciplines. We see opportunities to benefit from it, as a professional development option for Gallagher staff so they are able to work more effectively across a wide range of disciplines and for students working on Gallagher projects. “ - Rob Heebink, Research and Development Executive, Gallagher Group Limited.

Career/further opportunities

There are growing career opportunities for professional workplace-based innovators, applied researchers and change leaders. Students will advance skills and expertise highly valued in a workplace or research environment and will be able to research and develop projects, and lead change initiatives in a business environment.

Graduates will be able to use this qualification for their professional development and to develop the skills required to undertake new roles within a business or other enterprise group.

​Graduates may choose to progress to doctoral study at New Zealand and overseas institutions.


Entry criteria

General admission

  1. Candidates have gained the Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation with a B (65%) grade average or higher, or
  2. have gained either:
    1. An undergraduate degree conferred by a New Zealand tertiary education institution with a mark average of B (65%) or above in the final year of study; or
    2. A qualification, industry experience and/or assessment of prior learning approved as equivalent by the Programme Committee.

Selection criteria

  1. For candidates applying as per general admission with previously gained Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation, candidates must:
    1. Have an accepted research project plan/proof of concept or business plan.
    2. Have had their research project plan, business plan or proof of concept approved by Wintec and by an incubator mentor or an industry partner for implementation.
    3. Sign appropriate agreements and be willing to comply with agreed protocols related to the research project.
  2. For candidates applying directly under clause 1.1b criteria, candidates must:
    1. Demonstrate the ability to undertake independent practical and theoretical research at a minimum level equivalent to a level 7 Bachelor’s research project. This will be demonstrated by successfully completing all three components of the Training Needs Analysis (TNA) with 75% or above. The TNA consists of:
      1. The Online Training Needs Analysis.
      2. Submission of a professional research evidence portfolio or CV including personal statement.
      3. An entry interview with the Programme  Co-Postgraduate (or delegate) and one approved academic supervisor of the Postgraduate Certificate.
    2. Have a minimum of two years of relevant, professional experience evidenced in a portfolio, or a portfolio of industry-embedded innovation or entrepreneurship projects that demonstrate the ability to co-create or be fit for purpose.
    3. Have a research theme or problem approved by Wintec Te Pūkenga.
    4. Sign appropriate agreements and to be willing to comply with agreed protocols related to the research project.
    5. Submit all their application documentation in English or Te Reo Māori.
  3. Entry into the programme is subject to adequate resourcing; the provision of academic supervision, industry mentorship, pastoral care as well as technical resources.
  4. All application and enrolment decisions will be presented and ratified by the Centre’s Programme Committee or delegated authority.
  5. Entry onto the Level 9 module is subject to applicants passing the two prerequisite Level 8 modules with a 65% grade average or higher.

English language requirements

​Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5, with no individual band score lower than 6.0; or equivalent.​

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Your first day

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Date: Tuesday 23 July 2024
Time: 1pm-2.30pm
Venue: Design Factory NZ, City Campus

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