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Otago has a range of services to support graduate research students

Completing a PhD, professional doctorate, or research master's thesis requires hard work, dedication and motivation – fortunately the University of Otago has a range of services in place to support you.

For a full list of academic, electronic, recreational and welfare services at Otago.

Otago's services and support

Web Portal – a gateway to professional development support at Otago

Postgraduate professional and researcher development web portal
The portal provides information on workshops and events run by the Graduate Research School, and lists offerings from other providers across the University including the Graduate Wellbeing Coach, HEDC, ITS, Career Development Centre, International Office and more.

Individual coaching sessions for all postgraduate students

Nikki Fahey offers a free and confidential service as our Graduate Wellbeing Coach.
More information and booking appointments

Resources on Blackboard

Doctoral and master's thesis candidates have Blackboard websites that host a range of workshop material and online resources to support all parts of the research journey.

Statistics and Research

Postgraduate students carrying out quantitative research are encouraged to consider enrolling in one of the following papers.

  • STAT 501 Statistical Modelling in Research. The aim of the paper is to provide you with the key statistical tools needed in collecting and analysing data.

Find out more about STAT 501 on the Department of Mathematics and Statistics website.

Students whose research has a health science focus are encouraged to consider:

  • HASC 413 Biostatistics
  • HASC 415 Regression Methods: Health Sciences Applications

Find out more about HASC 413 and HASC 415 on the Biostatistics Centre website.

Writing for Publication in the Social Sciences

Postgraduate students in the Social Sciences should consider enrolling for the paper EDUC 464 Writing Journal Articles for Publication The aim of the paper is to provide guidance and feedback through the stages of writing one journal article so that it is ready for submission to a journal at the end of the paper.

Find out more about EDUC 464 Writing Journal Articles for Publication

Activity Passport

The Graduate Research School knows it's really important to get out of your office or lab and discover all that Dunedin and the wider Otago region has to offer, so we've designed this passport full of suggestions of places to go and things to see.

You can either download this digital version of the Dunedin Activity Passport or call in to see us at the Graduate Research School to collect a hardcopy of the pamphlet.

If you're based in Wellington, there's also an Activity Passport just for you.

Māori and Indigenous Pacific Peoples Conference Funding

Māori and Indigenous Pacific Peoples Student Conference Assistance
Information on funding which is available to assist graduate research candidates of Māori or indigenous Pacific descent attend domestic and international conferences.


Find out more about scholarship opportunities available at Otago


The Graduate Research Committee has oversight of graduate research processes and policies. The Graduate Research Student Liaison Committee provides an official forum for students to discuss issues relating to graduate research at Otago. We are usually seeking representatives for this important committee, so consider joining!

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