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Postgraduate study at the Bioethics Centre

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The Bioethics Centre offers a comprehensive range of postgraduate study opportunities. These include single papers taken for a Certificate of Proficiency, through diplomas and masters' degrees, and all the way up to doctoral research.

Our postgraduate students range from those who have just completed an undergraduate degree, to experienced professionals from all sorts of backgrounds. These especially—but not exclusively—include people working as health professionals, or those with policy and legal roles.

People's motivation to study ranges from career enhancement to simple fascination.

Students can study at a distance or in Dunedin.

In addition to students from New Zealand we have many international students. The vibrant student community runs its own postgraduate research forum, which meets during semester time. At the forum students and staff can present, discuss and workshop their research.

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Applications for study

Applications for study (except for PhD, BMedSci, and MMedSci) should normally be made before 1 November (or 1 August for those requiring a study permit for entry into New Zealand).

Late applications will be considered.

Contact for general information about postgraduate study in bioethics

Bioethics Centre
Tel 64 3 471 6120

Contact for academic advice on postgraduate paper content and how papers can be combined for a programme of postgraduate study

Simon Walker
Lecturer and Postgraduate Coordinator
Tel 64 3 471 6124

Contact for further information on PhD study in bioethics

Mike King
Senior Lecturer and PhD Coordinator
Tel 64 3 471 6130

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Support for study

Students studying at the Bioethics Centre have access to all the support services offered by the University of Otago.

They include:

The Career Development Centre assists intending students, current students, graduates and alumni with a wide range of career enquiries - from the exploration of career ideas and related course advice, to personal career counseling and information about specific jobs, employers and further study.

Disability Information and Support (DI&S) is a student support service at the University of Otago. Our vision is to work in partnership to promote an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity, promotes comprehensive academic support, and empowers individuals with impairments to achieve their full potential. Our role is to provide learning support, advice, advocacy and information to students with permanent, recurring or temporary impairments.

The Graduate Research School has responsibility for leadership, oversight and policy advice in relation to doctoral degrees (including the PhD), research Masters’ degrees and University scholarships and prizes, as well as responsibility for providing appropriate support and guidance to graduate research candidates and their supervisors. The School also offers a number of workshops, seminars and social events to our candidates and relevant staff.

Graduate Research School workshops and events

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Our team of highly skilled and talented people is passionate about providing students, staff and visitors with the best possible IT services, products and support.

International student support offers assistance and support to address the needs of international students prior to their arrival at the University of Otago and during their time studying here.

The University of Otago Library offers an outstanding range of information services, quality resources and warm comfortable facilities suitable for individual or group learning. Whether you are studying on or off campus, enjoy access to a wide variety of print, electronic and audiovisual resources to support your study at Otago.

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In excess of $15 million worth of scholarships are available for students to study at the University of Otago and for Otago students to study at other institutions around the world.

We are a team of professionals providing high quality health care to students of the University of Otago. We endeavour to provide the best health care possible in a manner that is competent, compassionate, confidential, timely and in an atmosphere of mutual responsibility and respect.

The Student Learning Centre (SLC) can help you gear up and take control of your learning. If it all seems too hard, too much or you just don’t know where to start, the SLC’s Student Learning Advisors are ready to help. And if you’re an enrolled student, it’s free!

Postgraduate support resources and services at the Student Learning Centre

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