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Postgraduate study in genetics

Apply for the Master of Science (MSc)

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Apply for the Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) through the Dunedin campus in 2018

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Apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) through the Dunedin campus in 2018

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Apply for the Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) through the Dunedin campus in 2018

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Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Genetics has around 40 postgraduate students working in all areas of Genetics research.

A postgraduate qualifications in Genetics can help you greatly expand your knowledge of genetics, and gain hands-on research experience with one of our contributing departments.

There may also be opportunities to be placed with other departments, or in conjunction with one of the above departments outside research organisations.

Students coming from outside the University of Otago must contact the Programme Director to discuss the suitability of their academic background. All Genetics postgraduate projects and proposed supervisory arrangements should be checked and approved by the Programme Director (PhD) or Deputy Director (MSc). 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Genetics

A PhD in Genetics involves conducting independent, original research under the guidance of a supervisor. PhDs normally take 3 years or more to complete. Entry into Genetics PhD requires a degree with a significant research component, such as honours (First or upper second class) or masters (distinction/high credit). 

Admission to PhD and scholarship applications are centrally administered (see Graduate Research School for more information) however you must have a supervisor that has agreed to supervise your thesis. If you are from outside NZ and want to know if you might qualify, or need help in finding a supervisor in your area of interest, please contact the Programme Director.    

Master of Science (MSc) in Genetics

Genetics offers a two year, papers and thesis MSc and a one year, research only MSc. 

Entry into the two year Masters can be direct from BSc providing you have enough Genetics background and for domestic students, a B+ average in the best 4 most relevant Genetics 300 level papers. As for the PhD you must have a supervisor who has agreed to supervise your research.

Entry in to the one year research only masters is only possible if you already have a 400 level research degree in Genetics such as PGDipSci or BSc (Hons), and a B+ or higher grade.

If you are from outside NZ and want to know if you might qualify, or need help in finding a supervisor in your area of interest, please contact the Programme Deputy Director.

Bachelor of Sciences with Honours (BSc (Hons)) Genetics

Entry into BSc (Hons) is from a BSc majoring in Genetics or BBiomedSci REGD degree, with at least 5 300 level papers. You must have a B+ average or higher in the 4 best and most relevant Genetics related 300 level papers. You do not have to have taken Gene360, but if you are planning to do honours, we recommend you consider it.

You do not need to find a supervisor for this degree, we will introduce and allocate projects in early S1. 

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Diploma for Graduates endorsed in Genetics

If you have a degree with a major other than Genetics, but wish to study postgraduate Genetics, a DipGrad endorsed in Genetics might be for you. A DipGrad must consist of at least 7 papers, with four at 300 level or higher, and will take at least one year to complete, depending on your past experience.  The papers you take depend on what you have done before and what you want to do next, and will be agreed with the Director of the Genetics Programme and the DipGrad Director.

More information about DipGrad can be found on the University's DipGrad page.

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Genetics

PGDipSci in Genetics is a one year course with a research and paper component. To enrol for a PGDipSci, you will need a Genetics major with a B average or higher in the 4 best genetics related 300 level papers. You do not need to find your own supervisor or project for PGDipSci.   

On completion of a PGDipSci, subject to satisfactory progress, it may be possible to progress to a one year Masters by research degree in Genetics.

Contact us to learn more about enrolling in a PGDipSci or DipGrad.

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Genetics Programme Contribitors

Our students are taught by a team of over 30 active genetics researchers, many of whom are world-leaders in their areas of expertise. Many of these researchers will agree to supervise suitable Genetics postgraduate students and welcome your direct enquiries. 

Genetics Researchers at Otago

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Further information

Further information for postgraduate students is available on the University of Otago website.

Still not sure? If you're interested in one of these qualifications, please contact the Programme Director to discuss your areas of interest:

A/Prof Caroline Beck
Tel 64 3 479 4109
Email caroline.beck@otago.ac.nz

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