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Otago has a range of services to support graduate research students

Completing a PhD, higher degree, or research masters’ requires hard work, dedication and motivation – fortunately the University of Otago has a range of services in place to support you.

Please get in touch with the Graduate Research School, if you have a query – we are happy to help.

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Visit Otago’s services and support page for a full list of academic, electronic, recreational and welfare services at Otago.

PhD resources and support

PhD workshops

The Graduate Research School runs numerous workshops and seminars for doctoral candidates throughout the year.
Find out more information about these workshops, and register.

Get more support for your doctoral study from:

Read about the vast array of support available to graduate research candidates across the University (PDF, 414KB).

Resource Material

Check out these resources for PhD students:

Doctoral candidates are encouraged to do a “Skills Audit” at strategic times throughout their doctoral journey. A Skills Guide from the University of Edinburgh is included here as well as an adapted version of their Skills Audit Template.

Statistics and Research

Postgraduate students carrying out quantitative research are encouraged to consider enrolling for the paper 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 STAT501 on the Department of Mathematics and Statistics website.


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.

Find out more about the:

Māori and Indigenous Pacific Peoples Conference Funding

Please follow this link for more information on funding which is available to assist graduate research candidates of Māori or indigenous Pacific descent attend domestic and international conferences.

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