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Department of Pathology

Professors Murdoch and Kettle supervising a PhD student

The Department of Pathology is one of the largest departments in the University of Otago, Christchurch.  We are a research-led Department providing high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

The Department of Pathology has eight independent research groups with staff who collaborate locally, nationally and internationally.  Each group has a different overall focus, although all are biomedical.

The Department is host to Professor Christine Winterbourn, the winner of New Zealand’s top science and technology award – the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Rutherford Medal. Professor Winterbourn is the first woman to receive the award in its 20 year history.

More than 30 Canterbury District Health Board staff and several from private practice contribute to teaching in the Department of Pathology.  Many of these staff act as consultants to research projects, ensuring clinical relevance and increasing collaboration between science and medicine.

Postgraduate Student Opportunities

We encourage enquiries from enthusiastic and highly motivated postgraduate students regarding PhD, BBioMedSci (Hons), or other postgraduate degrees. 

BBiomedSc(Hons) Degree

A one-year BBiomedSc honours programme, an excellent stepping-stone to PhD study. Watch the video!