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General Practice and Rural Health postgraduate study: Taking your practice to the next level

As general practitioners and healthcare professionals, we offer postgraduate opportunities that can help you:

  • Improve your skills as a clinical teacher
  • Learn more about your role as a healthcare professional and the therapeutic relationships you have with patients
  • Understand clinical ethics in practice
  • Understand the cultural context of healthcare and medicine
  • Understand the sometimes perplexing behaviours of patients
  • Turn an interesting clinical question into a research project

General practice and primary healthcare has never been more challenging than in the current context, due to:

  • An ageing population
  • The increasing burden of chronic disease
  • Obesity and poverty related health issues
  • The devolution of services from secondary to primary healthcare and tight funding constraints

Our courses provide general practitioners and healthcare professionals with the skills they need to sustain and transform their practice, and not just to survive but thrive in this challenging environment. We offer taught and supervised postgraduate qualifications.

Papers in the taught Postgraduate General Practice programme

We offer six papers. Each of these papers can be taken individually as a stand-alone Certificate of Proficiency, or towards the Postgraduate Certificate and/or Postgraduate Diploma in General Practice. Not all papers are offered every year, and papers are usually rotated every two years. In addition to the papers that we offer from our Department, you are able to take papers from the approved Schedule to include in your programme of study.

Qualifications taught as papers

If you have already completed a Postgraduate Diploma in General Practice, you can study for a Master of General Practice. For those who already have completed a Master's level qualification, we also offer PhD supervision on a wide range of topics relating to General Practice and Rural Health.

Supervised postgraduate qualifications

Who can study with us?

We can admit general practitioners who are registered for practice with either the New Zealand Medical Council or the Australian Medical Council into our postgraduate programmes. If this does not apply to you, you may still be eligible to study with us.

Contact the Postgraduate Administrator to find out if you are eligible to enrol for postgraduate study in the Department.

International students

If you are an international student who has not previously been enrolled at Otago University, please also contact the International Office for essential information about studying at Otago.

Contact details

Please contact the Postgraduate Administrator if you have any queries about postgraduate study in the Department.
Email: gp.postgrad@otago.ac.nz

Read about our current and past postgraduate students' research: