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Master of Transdisciplinary Research and Innovation


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  • 18 months full-time, or part-time equivalent
  • Fee Guideline on request
  • Hamilton City and Rotokauri Campuses

The Master of Transdisciplinary Research and Innovation (MTDRI) aims to advance your ability to innovate in the workplace allowing you to immerse yourself into the business 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. As a student, you will be guided through the programme by an academic lead supervisor and will also be paired with an industry mentor. You 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.

You will also be embedded in our community of practice, supported by supervision and mentorship, with access to a national and international network of researchers. You 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 you are well supported in all academic aspects as well as allowing you to gain insights into the business environment the project is undertaken in.

What employers are saying

“Gallagher typically employ engineers and project managers with a strong technical background in one particular engineering discipline. Although the 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.


Scehdule of Modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-RequisitesAssessment Standard
TDRI901Transdisciplinary Research and Innovation in Practice
TDRI801 and TDRI802
Research Plan approved for implementation after completion of TDRI802​ .
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Entry Requirements:

  • All candidates are required to :
    • Have successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Transdisciplinary Research with a B (65 %) grade average or higher
    • have had their research project plan approved by Wintec and by an industry partner for implementation.
  • And will in addition
    • Be required to sign appropriate agreements and to be willing to comply with agreed protocols related to the research project.

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.​

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 environement.

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 group.

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

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