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Health Sciences research

Rangahau – Te Wāhanga Matua Mātau Hauora

The Division of Health Sciences is a large division with diverse research interests across three major campuses. We host world-leading fundamental research scientists and outstanding translational programmes with impacts on public health, clinical practice, health policy, agriculture, food, and health innovation.

Divisional researchers collaborate internationally and contribute to, and lead, national and international centres of research excellence. We are committed to a long-term future of research excellence, and improving global health and productivity through the translation of our research.

Research Impact 

Read about the real world impact of health sciences' research

Impacts of Research (PDF)

Support health and biomedical research 

Help us help our extremely talented and developing scientists by supporting our Flying Postdocs career development programme:

Flying Postdocs

Health Sciences research activities

Research opportunities

PhD Programme

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the highest degree offered by the University of Otago. It is awarded on the submission of a thesis which must meet rigorous standards. The following link give prospective candidates, current candidates and staff involved in the PhD process, an in-depth look at Otago’s PhD programme.

Otago's PhD and Doctoral students information

We take great pleasure in acknowledging Health Sciences PhD candidates who have presented a thesis of exceptional quality.

Visit our list of Exceptional PhD Theses recipients

Apply for a PhD

Postgraduate research opportunities database

A new tool is available to assist postgraduates to search for research opportunities in Health Sciences. You can view opportunities available across our campuses in Dunedin, Wellington and Christchurch, and select on fields to tailor your search.

If you have an opportunity to list, register it via our online form:

Postgraduate opportunities

Further research opportunities

Professional development opportunities

Ministry of Health

Have you thought about contributing your expertise to shape health policy and practice in New Zealand?

The Ministry of Health is regularly seeking health expertise, check on the latest vacancies:

Vacancies on health statutory bodies (MOH website)

Chaffer Visiting Fellowship

The aim of the fellowship is to encourage visits to the Otago Medical School by distinguished overseas scientists or clinicians.

A call for 2023 Fellowships (three available)  is now open

Download the application format (PDF)

Applications close 31 August 2022.

Research support