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Want to start high impact and translatable research? A stronger step into the job market? Love to problem solve and help society? A genetics postgraduate qualification from the University of Otago will get you there!
'My Masters research has been directly translated to industry' - Hadyn Craig, MSc, Consultant, AbacusBio
Genetics Postgraduate Qualifications at the University of Otago
A genetics postgraduate qualification from the University of Otago boosts your career prospects with up-to-date genetics expertise and hands-on research experience. As well as studying in one (or more) of our world class contributing departments, you may also work with one of the University’s external research partners.
You can read all about genetics postgraduate qualifications below. If you are from outside the University of Otago, email the Programme Director Caroline Beck to discuss the suitability of your academic background. All Genetics postgraduate projects and proposed supervisory arrangements must be checked and approved by the Programme Director (for PhD applications) or Deputy Director (for MSc applications).
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Genetics
A PhD in Genetics involves independent, original research under the guidance of a supervisor. PhDs normally take 3 years or more to complete.
Entry into Genetics PhD requires a degree with a significant research component, such as Honours (first or upper second class) or Masters (distinction/high credit).
PhD and scholarship applications are administered centrally by the University of Otago (visit the Graduate Research School for more information), however, before applying you must have a supervisor that has agreed to supervise your thesis.
If you are from outside NZ and want to know if you might qualify, or need help in finding a supervisor in your area of interest, please email the Programme Director.
Master of Science (MSc) in Genetics
You have two options for a Masters in Genetics: a two year programme of taught papers and research thesis, or a one year, research only programme.
Entry into the two year Masters can be direct from a BSc if you have enough Genetics background and, for domestic students, a B+ average in the best 4 most relevant Genetics 300 level papers. You must have a supervisor who has agreed to supervise your research.
Entry to the one year research only masters requires you to have a 400 level research degree in Genetics, such as PGDipSci or BSc (Hons), and a B+ or higher grade.
If you are from outside NZ and want to know if you might qualify, or need help in finding a supervisor in your area of interest, please email the Programme Deputy Director.
Bachelor of Sciences with Honours (BSc (Hons)) Genetics
Entry into BSc (Hons) is from a BSc majoring in Genetics or BBiomedSci REGD degree, with at least 5 300 level papers. You must have a B+ average or higher in the four best and most relevant Genetics related 300 level papers. You do not have to have taken Gene 360, but if you are planning to do honours, we recommend you consider it.
You do not need to find a supervisor for this degree, we will introduce and allocate projects in early Semester 1.
Diploma for Graduates endorsed in Genetics
If you have a degree with a major other than Genetics, but wish to study postgraduate Genetics, a DipGrad endorsed in Genetics might be for you. A genetics diploma can advance your career in the field with relevant and up to date skills and knowledge, as well as connecting you with the University of Otago's strong network of researchers and practitioners.
A DipGrad must consist of at least seven papers, with four at 300 level or higher, and will take at least one year to complete, depending on your past experience. The papers you take depend on what you have done before and what you want to do next, and will be agreed with the Director of the Genetics Programme and the DipGrad Director.
More information about DipGrad can be found on the University's DipGrad page.
Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Genetics
A PGDipSci in Genetics is a one year course with a research and paper component. To enrol for a PGDipSci, you will need a Genetics major with a B average or higher in the 4 best genetics related 300 level papers. You do not need to find your own supervisor or project for PGDipSci.
On completion of a PGDipSci, subject to satisfactory progress, it may be possible to progress to a one year Masters by research degree in Genetics.
Email us to learn more about enrolling in a PGDipSci or DipGrad.
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Finding a supervisor
Our students are taught by a team of over 30 active genetics researchers, many of whom are world-leaders in their areas of expertise. Many of these researchers will agree to supervise suitable Genetics postgraduate students and welcome your direct enquiries. You can find them by browsing through the Genetics Teaching Programme papers, which lists the teachers in each area.
You can also find potential genetics supervisors by browsing through the list of genetics centres, groups and labs at the University of Otago.
Remember, all Genetics postgraduate projects and proposed supervisory arrangements must be checked and approved by the Programme Director (for PhD applications) or Deputy Director (for MSc applications), so contact the appropriate person before you make any decisions.
Further information for postgraduate students is available on the University of Otago postgraduate website.
Still not sure? If you're interested in one of these qualifications, please contact the Programme Director to discuss your areas of interest:
A/Prof Caroline Beck
Tel 64 3 479 4109