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PhD study with the Department of General Practice and Rural Health

Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) through the Dunedin, Wellington, or Christchurch campuses in 2023

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The PhD is the University of Otago's highest-level supervised research degree. It is a three year full time degree or around six years part time. You must have previous postgraduate qualifications to enrol for a PhD but you don’t have to have taken our postgraduate courses. Our PhD students are vital contributors to the research culture of the department, and we welcome all enquiries regarding PhD study. Our PhD students have backgrounds in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Health Sciences and Medicine. We offer co-supervision with other departments across the University of Otago.

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If you are thinking about studying for a PhD with us, please contact Convener of Higher Degrees, Dr Katherine Hall. She will advise you of the process for finding supervisors and enrolling.

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Dr Katherine Hall Convener of Higher Degrees

We have PhD 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

Information for PhD students at Otago

The University of Otago website provides information for prospective candidates, current candidates, and staff involved in the PhD process:

Further information

For further information, please contact the Doctoral and Scholarships Office of the Graduate Research School: