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About us

The School of Biomedical Sciences (BMS) leads research and academic advancement in biomedical and biological sciences and educates health professionals to enhance health and wellbeing locally, nationally and internationally.

We provide high-quality teaching and an innovative research environment for over 2500 University of Otago students.

Part of the University of Otago Medical School, within the Division of Health Sciences, BMS provides supervision and support for a significant number of postgraduate students. 

Research excellence and high-quality teaching

The School of Biomedical Sciences (BMS) has built an international reputation as a centre for award-winning research throughout the fields of biomedical science. Our Academic staff receive significant amounts of funding through successful grant applications, and students are always involved in these research projects.

The School provides a world-class teaching environment where students gain both theoretical and practical skills that allow them to succeed in their chosen discipline. These skills give students the ability to think critically and analytically in many different areas.

With a substantial number of international students and staff, BMS is truly part of the international research and teaching community.

Benefits of a degree from the School of Biomedical Sciences

A degree from the School of Biomedical Sciences can lead you to the job you’ve always wanted!

As well as providing a gateway to professional programmes offered by the University of Otago such as medicine and dentistry, a degree from the School of Biomedical Sciences opens up a wide range of study and employment opportunities throughout the world.Our graduates are working in a diverse range of occupations from cancer research scientists to policy analysts with the Health Research Council and almost any career you can think of in between!