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Health Sciences research

The Division of Health Sciences is a large division with diverse research interests across three major campuses. We host world-leading fundamental research scientists and outstanding translational programmes with impacts on public health, clinical practice, health policy, agriculture, food, and health innovation.

Divisional researchers collaborate internationally and contribute to, and lead, national and international centres of research excellence. We are committed to a long-term future of research excellence, and improving global health and productivity through the translation of our research.

Health Sciences research activities

Research opportunities

PhD Programme

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the highest degree offered by the University of Otago. It is awarded on the submission of a thesis which must meet rigorous standards. The following link give prospective candidates, current candidates and staff involved in the PhD process, an in-depth look at Otago’s PhD programme.

Otago's PhD Programme information

We take great pleasure in acknowledging Health Sciences PhD candidates who have presented a thesis of exceptional quality.

Visit our list of Exceptional PhD Theses recipients

Apply for a PhD

Postgraduate research opportunities database

A brand new tool is now available to assist postgraduates to search for research opportunities in Health Sciences. You can view opportunities available across our campuses in Dunedin, Wellington and Christchurch, and select on fields to tailor your search.

Postgraduate opportunities

Further research opportunities

Professional development opportunities

Have you thought about contributing your expertise to shape health policy and practice in New Zealand?

The Ministry of Health is regularly seeking health expertise, check on the latest vacancies:

Vacancies on health statutory bodies (MOH website)

Research support