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Master of General Practice (MGP)

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Overview

The Master of General Practice (MGP) degree is a one year full- time equivalent qualification that can be completed as a thesis. Students enter the MGP after completing the Postgraduate Diploma in General Practice (PGDipGP). The MGP is an internationally recognised qualification for practitioners in the field of general practice. Students are general practitioners and many enrol on a part-time basis.

Graduates from the programme are equipped to work in academic and clinical settings.

The Master of General Practice (MGP) is also available through Distance Learning.

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Contact Details

Anita Fogarty
Postgraduate Administrator
Department of General Practice & Rural Health
Tel 64 3 479 7424
Cell 021 279 7424
Email gp.postgrad@otago.ac.nz

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Regulations for the Degree of Master of General Practice (MGP)

  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 Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine, which must be satisfied that the applicant has the ability and experience to proceed to the programme.
    2. Every applicant shall
      1. have been awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in General Practice, and
      2. have completed the prerequisite papers:
        1. GENX 821, or an equivalent research paper approved by the Board of Postgraduate Studies in Primary Health Care, and
        2. GENX 820 (or PRHC 701 or PRHX 701), and
      3. 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 Board of the Faculty of Medicine, and
      4. have commenced vocational training for general practice or have had at least two years' approved experience in general practice.
    3. Every applicant shall be registered for medical practice in the country in which the programme is taught or have an exemption from this requirement from the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall consist of one of the following:
      1. a thesis on an approved topic (120 points); or
      2. a research portfolio (120 points); or
      3. a research portfolio (90 points) plus approved research methods papers(s) worth 30 points; or
      4. a dissertation (60 points) plus approved papers worth 60 points.
    2. A candidate may not present a thesis, dissertation or research portfolio which has previously been accepted, in whole or in part, for another degree.
    3. The programme of study including, as appropriate, the topic of the thesis or research portfolio and the supervisors of the research, or the component papers, shall be approved by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine.
    4. For the thesis, the research should be of a kind that a diligent and competent student should complete within one year of full-time study.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    The degree will normally be completed on a part-time basis. The degree shall normally require not less than two years of part-time study (or one year of full-time study) and not more than four years of part-time study (or two years of full-time study). Exceptions shall be permitted only with the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).

  4. Examination of the Thesis or Dissertation

    1. The thesis, dissertation or portfolio shall be assessed by at least two examiners, at least one of whom shall be external to the University.
    2. The candidate's supervisor shall not be an examiner but may make a report on the work of the candidate to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.
    3. Each examiner shall supply a written report on the thesis, dissertation or portfolio and recommend a mark and grade on the basis of the thesis, dissertation or portfolio as submitted, and an overall result selected from the options specified in clause (d) below.
    4. The examiners may recommend that a thesis, dissertation or portfolio:
      1. be accepted without amendments;
      2. be accepted subject to amendments being made at the discretion and to the satisfaction of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine;
      3. does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, but may be revised and resubmitted for examination;
      4. does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, and should be rejected without right of resubmission.
    5. Amendments 4(d)(ii) and revisions 4(d)(iii) shall be completed by a specified date to be determined by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.
    6. A candidate shall be permitted to revise and resubmit a thesis, dissertation or portfolio for examination once only.
    7. If a revised and resubmitted thesis, dissertation or portfolio is finally accepted, the result shall be either Pass or Fail (i.e. ungraded) and without eligibility for the award of the degree with distinction or credit.
    8. Where examiners cannot agree on a result, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine shall report to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) or nominee who shall arrive at a decision after consulting a referee who should normally be external to the University.
    9. The candidate may be required to take an oral examination in the field of knowledge in which the thesis or portfolio lies.

  5. Level of Award of the Degree

    The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  6. Variations

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

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