The Otago Master of Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport degree (MAeroRT) is part of an internationally accredited programme that enables part-time registered medical practitioners to develop competencies for professional aeromedical retrieval and transport practice at a registered or board certified specialist level in any country in the world.

The master's degree extends the existing Postgraduate Diploma in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport (PGDipAeroRT), and students will normally have completed the Diploma prior to being accepted into the master's papers. The programme builds on the fundamental principles and clinical practice leading to management and research evaluation of aeromedical retrieval and transport, and safe clinical care in the air.

The Otago Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport programme attracts international students from around the world, in particular, because it is closely aligned to advanced professional training intended to promote the speciality in a wide range of countries. This master's degree will allow speciality registered or board-certified medical practitioners on graduation to provide consultant-level advice as a medical director of air ambulance services or as an ICU/Anaesthetics/ED/ Neonatal ICU consultant responsible for urgent care involving air transport.

Subject Areas

  • Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport

Programme Requirements

Master of Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport (MAeroRT)


  • AVME 717 Medical Logistics in Aeromedical Transport
  • AVME 718 Operational Aspects of Aeromedical Transport
  • AVME 721 Clinical Care in the Air
  • AVME 722 Organisation of Aeromedical Systems
  • AVME 803 Specialist Aeromedical Retrieval
  • AVME 804 International Assistance Operations

Regulations for the Degree of Master of Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport (MAeroRT)

  1. Admission to the Programme
    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Dean of the Otago Medical School on the advice of the Academic Board of the Otago Medical School, which must be satisfied that the applicant has the ability and experience to proceed to the programme.
    2. Every applicant shall have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of a university in New Zealand or hold an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Academic Board of the Otago Medical School, and be a registered medical practitioner in his or her country of practice or residence.
  2. Structure of the Programme
    1. The programme of study shall consist of the following six papers with a total value of 180 points: AVME 717, AVME 718, AVME 721, AVME 722, AVME 803, AVME 804.
    2. Subject to the approval of the Dean of the Otago Medical School, papers which have been completed at the University of Otago, another university, or an approved examining body may be credited to the programme and/or used as the basis for exemption from the requirements of (a) above, provided that this previous study is directly relevant to the candidate's proposed and approved programme of study, to a maximum of 60 points.
    3. A candidate who has completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport may be exempted from one or more papers in the programme for the degree to a maximum of 120 points.

    Note: Candidates will normally be expected to have relevant clinical experience and to have attained an average grade of at least B in the papers for the diploma before admission to the advanced papers.

  3. Duration of the Programme
    1. A candidate for the degree shall normally follow a programme of study for three years of part-time study.
    2. A candidate will normally be expected to satisfy the requirements for the degree within six years of admission to the programme.
  4. Level of Award of the Degree

    The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  5. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.


Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated January 16, 2019
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