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The Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBiomedSc) is a thesis-only post-graduate degree. The degree involves a one-year (or part-time equivalent) period of supervised research in any one of the Biomedical fields listed below. Upon completion of their projects candidates will submit a Master’s level thesis for examination. Successful completion of this degree provides an excellent foundation for an academic or research career and an internationally recognized stepping stone for entry into a PhD programme.
Admission to the MBiomedSc programme requires candidates to have successfully completed an honours degree or postgraduate diploma in a biomedical subject which contained a research dissertation of at least one-third of the programme. Applicants will normally be expected to have achieved an average grade of at least B+, with a B+ or better in the research component.
The MBiomedSc may, with suitable supervision, be undertaken at the University of Otago’s Dunedin, Christchurch or Wellington campuses, and will awarded in one of the following research areas:
- Drugs and Human Health
- Functional Human Biology
- Infection and Immunity
- Molecular Basis of Health and Disease
- Nutrition and Metabolism in Human Health
- Reproduction, Genetics and Development
Regulations for the Degree of Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBiomedSc)
Admission to the Programme
- Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Director of the Biomedical Sciences programme (or nominee).
- Every applicant must either
- be a graduate of an Honours programme or a Postgraduate Diploma programme in a biomedical subject containing a research dissertation of at least one third of the programme, or
- have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
- Applicants must normally have achieved an average grade of at least B+ in the entry qualification with at least a B+ in the research component.
Structure of the Programme
- The degree may be awarded in any of the subjects listed in the MBiomedSc Schedule. With the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) the degree may be awarded in a subject not listed in the MBiomedSc Schedule.
- The programme of study shall consist of the preparation and submission of a thesis embodying the results of supervised research.
- Prior to commencement of the thesis, the topic and supervisors of the thesis shall be approved by the Head of Department concerned and then the Director of the Biomedical Sciences programme (or nominee).
- A candidate may not present a thesis which has previously been accepted for another degree.
Duration of the Programme
- A candidate for the degree shall usually follow a programme of one year of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.
- A candidate for the degree will be expected to meet the requirements for the degree within two years of admission to the programme.
Examination of the Thesis
- The Director of the Biomedical Sciences Programme (or nominee) shall appoint a Convener of Examiners to oversee each thesis examination.
- The thesis shall be assessed by at least two examiners, at least one of whom shall be external to the University.
- The candidate’s supervisor shall not be an examiner but may make a report on the work of the candidate to the Convener of Examiners.
- Each examiner shall supply a written report on the thesis and recommend a mark and grade on the basis of the work submitted, and an overall result selected from the options specified in clause (e) below.
- The examiners may recommend that a thesis:
- be accepted without amendments;
- be accepted subject to amendments made at the discretion, and to the satisfaction, of the Convener of Examiners;
- does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, but may be revised and resubmitted for examination;
- does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, and should be rejected without the right of resubmission.
- Amendments (regulation 4(e)(ii)) and revisions (regulation 4(e)(iii)) shall be completed by a specified date to be determined by the Convener of Examiners, in accordance with established procedures.
- A candidate shall be permitted to revise and resubmit a thesis for examination once only.
- If a revised and resubmitted thesis is finally accepted, the result shall be either a ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ (i.e. ungraded) and without eligibility for the award of the degree with distinction or credit.
- Where examiners cannot agree on a result, the Convener of Examiners shall engage in established mediation procedures, and if unresolvable, so report to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) who shall arrive at a decision after consulting a referee who shall normally be external to the University.
Level of Award of the Degree
The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.