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A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


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Academic background
Health Sciences
Host campus
Master's, PhD


The Department of Nursing are involved in a broad range of research activities focusing on rural and primary health care.

Collaborations with other tertiary institutions and health services have resulted in projects focusing on innovation and evaluation of teaching and learning that has the potential to enhance the performance of health practitioners.

Within this research theme we have projects available for postgraduate students and research collaborators. We can also accommodate keen students with their own area of interest within this theme.

The research team have ongoing research projects and experience in a variety of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies.

Potential research topics

  • Technology enhanced learning and teaching
  • Clinical simulation
  • Inter-professional education
  • Graduate-entry nursing education
  • Education programmes and competencies
  • Scopes of practice (e.g. RN, NP, Designated Nurse Prescriber)
  • Competence assessment
  • Work integrated learning
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  • Clinical education
  • Quality improvement in education (e.g. benchmarking)
  • Communication in healthcare
  • Reviews and evaluations of health education
  • Education modalities

Names of supervisors

  • Profesor Philippa Seaton
  • Dr Virginia Jones
  • Dr Raewyn Lesa
  • Dr Chris Moir
  • Dr Henrietta Trip
  • Dr Mandy Wilkinson
  • Jo Borren


Applicants must be eligible for admission to the PhD or MHealSc programme at the University of Otago.

Funding notes

Whether you are a domestic or an international student, the University of Otago has a range of Doctoral Scholarships available to you.

If you are a straight A student (GPA of 8 - 'A' grade) or higher, who has completed an honours or master's degree with an appropriate research component from a New Zealand university then you are likely to be guaranteed a University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship.

For more information, please contact us with a copy of your transcript and CV.


Contact name
Fran Cox, Co-ordinator student advisor
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