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Study Genetics

Our past, our present, our future

The world of genetics is enormous. It touches our every day lives in ways we can't even begin to imagine. Ground-breaking and informative, genetics research provides us with the framework for a better, brighter future.

Genetics is the understanding and use of inheritance. It is what makes you who you are!

Modern society depends on genetics: it is important in health and disease, food and nutrition, conservation, plant and animal breeding, through to justice, history, and sociology. Many cutting-edge industries and technologies are based on genetics, and it is an area that could well lead New Zealand into a value-added, knowledge-based economy.

Genetics is the future!

What does a degree in Genetics involve?

Genetics is a rapidly progressing science and a central theme of modern biology. It is an indispensable component of most biological research. The Genetics programme at the University of Otago is taught on an inter-departmental basis, drawing together the departments of Biochemistry, Botany, Microbiology and Immunology, Women's and Children's Health, Pathology and Zoology. This structure allows staff and students to interact and share ideas across a broader sphere than is possible in any one department. It is an experimental science with a strong theoretical background and so you will do a combination of lectures and laboratory-based practicals.

Where can a career in Genetics take you?

Graduates with a Genetics degree from Otago can be found all over New Zealand and around the world doing all sorts of interesting things. A degree in Genetics gives you a wide range of marketable skills suitable for employment in biologically-based industries, research organisations and government departments. You could be a research associate, policy analyst, biotechnologist, conservation worker, or biosecurity analyst, to name but a few! With further study you could be a patent lawyer, science journalist or a researcher in human, animal, plant or microbial genetics. A Genetics degree from Otago provides an excellent foundation for the further training required to be a Genetic Counsellor or forensic scientist.

Undergraduate study in Genetics

Genetics is the study of genes and inheritance. It's fun, interesting, challenging, and relevant to your everyday life! Genetics is a very diverse subject - you learn about a wide variety of things ranging from the molecular basis of life to the study of whole organisms, populations, and evolution. You will be able to make informed decisions about topics such as genetic engineering, cloning and even your own health. Genetics is also a marketable, valuable, and desirable subject that complements other interesting areas including those in science, commerce, law, and humanities.

Further information

The Genetics website has more detailed information about studying Genetics at the University of Otago.

Please contact Genetics if you have any questions:

Tel +64 3 479 7937