Hannah Kennedy likes hands-on learning rather than spending all day with her head in a book. Hannah is doing a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Otago, Christchurch and spends at least 85% of her time on her research project. She is developing an assay, or test, which is hoped will pick up Multiple Sclerosis patients who do not respond to the most commonly used medication for the condition.
“I really like the application of biomedical science, how it is relevant to people’s lives.”
Hannah says she joined the University of Otago, Christchurch, Honours course because it had a much higher practical component compared to courses at other Universities.
“At other universities you spend a lot more time doing papers in class and might get distracted from your research work. In Christchurch you spend the majority of the time in the lab working on your project.’’
Students in the University of Otago, Christchurch, Honours course get 85% of their marks for research and 15% of their marks for coursework.
Hannah grew up in Christchurch but moved to Dunedin to do her undergraduate studies at Otago University.
She gained a Bachelor of Science, majoring in genetics. Moving back to Christchurch was a natural choice for Hannah, who likes being close to her family while doing a course which will help her career.
“In Christchurch the focus is on independent lab work. You get stuck into your own projects which is really rewarding.’’
Hannah says she is not sure where her career in science will lead but knows that her year at the University of Otago, Christchurch, will stand her in good stead with employers because of its very practical application.
“Doing this honours degree opens up so many opportunities for a PhD or Masters or any job in the medical research field.’’
For information relating to admission and enrolment in the Honours course, contact:
Manager, Academic Programmes
Tel 03 364 0527