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MELS580 Research Project

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

A supervised research project up to 15,000 words involving the development, implementation and reporting of an original topic in the student’s area of professional interest.

Paper title Research Project
Paper code MELS580
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.3750
Points 45 points 45 points 45 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year, Full Year, Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,286.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $15,544.50

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Limited to
MELS 510 and 580 are taught at the Dunedin School of Medicine and the Christchurch and Wellington Schools of Medicine and Health Sciences. However, not all 500-level MELS papers may be available at all three Schools of Medicine in any given year. Contact the Medical Laboratory Science Programme Director for further details.
Every applicant shall be a graduate in Medical Laboratory Science, or have a qualification acceptable to the Board of Studies in Medical Laboratory Science. This paper can only be taken as part of a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science.

Teaching staff

Convenor: Associate Professor Heather Brooks

Paper Structure
Students have a choice of disciplines in which to complete their project from the following list:
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Haematology
  • Transfusion science
  • Histopathology
  • Chemical pathology
  • Diagnostic molecular pathology
  • Cytopathology
Teaching Arrangements

Offered from Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin campuses.

Text books are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Able to access and critically analyse the scientific literature related to the project
  2. Able to plan and implement experimental methods
  3. Able to develop new methodology and/or adapt existing methodology
  4. Develop further laboratory skills at an advanced level
  5. Able to write a comprehensive and logical account of the research project in correct scientific style

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system