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Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Honours (BBiomedSc(Hons))

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Overview

A Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Honours (BBiomedSc(Hons)) programme is a one-year postgraduate Honours programme offered by the University of Otago. It is an excellent stepping stone to a career in research, diagnostics or biotechnology, or to PhD study in a wide range of biomedical sciences. Applicants must have completed the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc), or an equivalent qualification, with an average grade of at least B+ for the appropriate 300-level papers. 

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Contact Details

For advice on the BBiomedSc Honours programme please contact Susan Butt at osms@otago.ac.nz

For further information go to http://osms.otago.ac.nz/index.php/courses-a-subjects/undergraduate/undergraduate-courses/129-bbiomedsc-hons

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Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Honours (BBiomedSc(Hons))

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Board of Studies for Biomedical Sciences which must be satisfied that the candidate has the ability and experience to proceed to the degree.
    2. Every applicant must have completed the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, or an equivalent qualification recognised by the Board of Studies for Biomedical Sciences, with an average grade of at least B+ for the appropriate 300-level papers.
    3. Applicants must normally have passed papers worth at least 126 points, at 200-level or above, during the third year of study for the degree of Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (or equivalent).

  2. Subjects of Study

    The degree of Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Honours may be awarded in any one of the following subjects:

  3. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme for the degree shall comprise preparation and submission of a satisfactory thesis embodying the results of a supervised investigation and the successful completion of any prescribed assignments or examinations.
    2. The course of study and the topic of the research thesis will be approved by the Board of Studies.
    3. One or two supervisors from members of the academic staff will be appointed by the Board of Studies on the recommendation of the Heads of Departments concerned.
    4. No candidate may take any paper additional to the programme without the approval of the Board of Studies.

  4. Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions

    Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites, and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).

  5. Duration of the Programme

    A candidate shall complete the requirements for the degree in one academic year of full-time study following admission to the Honours programme. All requirements for the degree, including submission of the thesis, shall be completed no later than 1 November of the year of enrolment.

  6. Examination

    1. Examination is by thesis and oral examination but a candidate may be required to take written and/or practical examinations or assessment.
    2. One internal examiner and one external examiner for the thesis will be appointed by the Board of Studies. The candidate's supervisors shall not be examiners but may make a report on the work of the candidate for the examiners to consider.

  7. Standard of Award of the Degree

    The degree may be awarded with First Class Honours, with Second Class Honours (Division I), with Second Class Honours (Division II), or with Third Class Honours.

  8. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve admission criteria or a course of study, acceptable to the Board of Studies for Biomedical Sciences, which do not comply with these regulations.

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