Qualifications and applications
Options for postgraduate study are available and your path will depend on your background and academic record. Full time and part time study is possible. Study on campus and from a distance is also possible.
Honours is a one year qualification open to students graduating from an ordinary degree undertaken at the University of Otago or elsewhere.
The ordinary degree must have included five papers at 300-level with at least four of these in the honours subject and the fifth paper in a related subject. Admission to honours requires at least a B+ average in the best five 300-level papers, including the papers required for the major.
Apply for honours
Applications for admission to an honours programme should normally be submitted by 10 December for study beginning at the start of the following academic year. Late applications can be considered.
This is a one year course and consists of four papers and a research project.
An undergraduate degree qualification.
Applying for Postgraduate Diploma
Applications for admission to a Postgraduate Diploma programme should normally be submitted by 10 December for study beginning at the start of the following academic year. Late applications can be considered.
A Master's degree can be studied in either a one year (thesis only) or a two-year programme (four papers and thesis preliminary in the first year and a Masters thesis research project in the second year).
Candidates with an honours degree or postgraduate diploma may apply for Master’s study by thesis only. Candidates with a three-year bachelor’s degree may apply for master’s study by coursework and thesis.
Any student who has taken a first degree outside the University of Otago will have their application evaluated by the Centre Research Committee. Acceptance as a candidate for the degree depends upon the University being able to provide adequate expert supervision in the intended area of research.
Applying for Master's study
Applications for admission to a Master’s programme should normally be submitted by 10 December for study beginning at the start of the following academic year. Entry by 1 June for study beginning in Semester 2 is possible only for candidates seeking to complete a Masters degree by thesis. Late applications can be considered.
Visit the Master's webpage on the main Otago site for more information.
Taught postgraduate papers in 2018
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded on the basis of the submission of a thesis. The thesis provides evidence of the candidate’s ability to carry out research, that the candidate has shown originality and independence, and that the candidate has made a significant contribution to knowledge in the particular field. It is expected that some of the work in the thesis would be worthy of publication. The research should be of a kind that a diligent and competent student might reasonably be expected to complete within 3 years of full-time study.
Doctor of Philosophy students enrolling for the first time at a New Zealand university are eligible to pay tuition fees at the New Zealand domestic level. International PhD students must be resident in New Zealand.
Admission usually requires the completion of a master’s degree, or a four year first class or upper second class honours degree in the same area of study, or a related discipline. Applicants for this degree must have a demonstrated research background. Applications are welcome at any time.
Apply for PhD study
Applications for admission for PhD study are considered as they arise.
Details about PhD study can be obtained from the PhD webpage on the main Otago website.
Enquiries about postgraduate study
If you are interested in being accepted by the University as a candidate for a research Master’s or PhD degree in Bioengineering or in Clothing and Textile Sciences, browse information on this site.
Information for prospective postgraduate International students i.e. individuals who are not New Zealand or Australian citizens, or permanent residents is available.
Initial contact and discussion is encouraged with potential supervisors in the Centre. Formal application for postgraduate study is made through eVision (http://www.otago.ac.nz/study/enrolment/).
The initial application will require:
- Certified copy of full academic record (if not an Otago graduate)
- Curriculum vitae
- Detail of any professional experience relevant to the proposed course of study
- An initial research proposal
- Detail of funding support already obtained, or which is being sought
- Evidence of English Language Proficiency (if English is not your first language)
Please download the attached PDF for more information on the Centre's postgraduate application process (pdf 58KB).
Initial enquiries can be sent directly to the Centre's Postgraduate Co-ordinator, Associate Professor Sarah Wakes (firstname.lastname@example.org).