This is a one-year course, involving four 400-level papers plus a research project (MELS 580). With satisfactory performance, completion of this diploma can lead to acceptance into Master's by thesis only.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science offered in a variety of subjects depending on your area of interest.
In the fourth year students can undertake 400-level papers plus GENE 490, an honours research project. Completion of honours to a required minimum standard can lead directly into Master's by thesis only, or into a PhD.
The first step for those wishing to embark on postgraduate study in genetics is to establish eligibility for admission to the programme. You must demonstrate that you have the appropriate pre-entry qualifications and that your proposed programme is an acceptable one.
The Department of Pathology offers a one year Master's degree in medical laboratory science that usually follows the PGDipMLSc.
The Department of Pathology offers supervisory capacity in conjunction with Genetics Otago.
When you undertake a postgraduate qualification in genetics you can carry out the research component in any of the six departments that participate in teaching the undergraduate degree:
- Microbiology and Immunology
- Women's and Children's Health
There may also be opportunities to be placed with other departments or, in conjunction with one of the above departments, outside research organisations.
Students wishing to undertake a Master of Science within the Department of Pathology can do so under the co-supervision with another Department within the Health Sciences Division. This may be a one-year or two-year Master's degree. The MSc programme by papers and thesis takes two years' full-time study to complete, or longer if studied part-time. Study involves four 400-level papers in the first year plus PATH 580 (a preparatory thesis paper), followed by a year of research culminating in the submission of a Master's thesis. Students having completed an honours programme may mover directly into a thesis-only programme.
Acceptance into a PhD programme can follow satisfactory performance in the Master's degree.
Students can also be admitted into a one-year Master's degree by thesis only where honours or a postgraduate diploma has been completed to a required minimum standard.
The Department of Pathology provides high-quality postgraduate learning opportunities to students wishing to pursue PhD study. The Department is committed to supporting its postgraduate students both academically and financially. The Department provides study space for students with access to computers. All necessary research facilities and resources are provided.
Students are eligible to apply for scholarships and awards in their thesis year. Where students are unsuccessful in applying for financial support outside the Department, the Department will endeavour to provide support by way of a Departmental Award.
Postgraduate students benefit from a support network within the Department involving fellow postgraduates and staff. A Postgraduate Group meets at least once a month to discuss research issues and present seminars on special topics, and a weekly journal club enables students to present articles in an informal setting. A number of ad hoc activities are also organised on a regular basis.
Postgraduate students can earn extra money by demonstrating in courses taught by the Department—to medical, dental, physiotherapy, physical education, medical laboratory science, and sciences students.