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If you have a research question about your clinical practice, or more broadly about any aspect of primary healthcare and general practice, doing a Master of General Practice is a great way to find some answers while gaining research and writing skills. Your patients and your community will also benefit from what you learn. By completing an MGP, you will gain a qualification that will be useful if you want to work in academic environments, and the research skills such as developing research protocols, collecting and analysing data, and writing publications and conference presentations.

The MGP degree is a one-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) qualification that can be completed as a thesis or a research portfolio. Students can enter the MGP programme after completing the Postgraduate Diploma in General Practice (PGDipGP). Students are general practitioners and many enrol on a part-time basis. They usually take between two and three years to complete their MGP.

We also offer co-supervision of Master's degrees with other Departments across the University of Otago, in fields such as health sciences, humanities and social sciences. For example, our staff co-supervise Master of Health Sciences and Master of Arts degrees.


For more information on the MGP or to apply, visit the qualification page:

Master of General Practice (MGP) qualification page

Contact details

To enquire about enrolling in the Master of General Practice with us, please contact the Convener of Higher Degrees, Dr Katherine Hall.

Dr Katherine Hall
Convener, Higher Degrees

Further information

We offer Master's research opportunities in a range of areas:

  • Patient safety
  • Health care quality improvement research in primary health care and the wider NZ health system
  • The changing environment and structure of general practice
  • Aged and end-of-life care
  • Medical humanities
  • Ethics in general practice
  • Rural health
  • Medical anthropology and sociology
  • Social and cultural issues in health care
  • Clinical, health professional and medical education

Current research

Read about our current Master's students' research

This information must be read subject to the statement on our Copyright & Disclaimer page.

Regulations on this page are taken from the 2023 Calendar and supplementary material.

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