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General Practice and Rural Health postgraduate study: Taking your practice to the next level

As general practitioners and healthcare professionals, we offer postgraduate opportunities that can help you:

  • Become a confident, effective and inspiring clinical teacher
  • Gain the capability to manage complexity
  • Optimise your therapeutic relationships
  • Understand clinical ethics in practice
  • Gain insight into the cultural context of healthcare and medicine to better meet patients’ needs
  • Find answers through research

All papers in the PGDipGP fulfil the requirement of the Academic Component of RNZCGP GPEP Programme, and a 15 point paper qualifies for 75 RNZCGP MOPS CME credits, a 30 point paper for 150 credits. View more information on the GPEP academic component.

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On our courses general practitioners and healthcare professionals develop skills to sustain and transform their practice, and thrive in our challenging environment. We offer taught and supervised postgraduate qualifications.

Papers in the taught Postgraduate General Practice programme

We offer six papers. Each of these papers can be taken individually as a stand-alone Certificate of Proficiency, or towards the Postgraduate Certificate and/or Postgraduate Diploma in General Practice.

Not all papers are offered every year, and papers are usually rotated every two years.

In addition to the papers that we offer from our Department, you are able to take papers from the approved Schedule to include in your programme of study.

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Qualifications taught as papers

If you have already completed a Postgraduate Diploma in General Practice, you can study for a Master of General Practice. For those who already have completed a Master's level qualification, we also offer PhD supervision on a wide range of topics relating to General Practice and Rural Health.

Supervised postgraduate qualifications

Who can study with us?

We can admit general practitioners who are registered for practice with either the New Zealand Medical Council or the Australian Medical Council into our postgraduate programmes. If this does not apply to you, you may still be eligible to study with us.

Contact the Postgraduate Administrator to find out if you are eligible to enrol for postgraduate study in the Department.

International students

If you are an international student who has not previously been enrolled at Otago University, please also contact the International Office for essential information about studying at Otago.

Contact details

Please contact the Postgraduate Administrator if you have any queries about postgraduate study in the Department.
Email: gp.postgrad@otago.ac.nz

Read about our current and past postgraduate students' research: