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A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


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Academic background
Health Sciences, Sciences
Host campus
Medicine (Christchurch)
Associate Professor Matt Doogue, Dr Paul Chin


PhD candidates are being recruited to join the Christchurch Clinical Pharmacology Research Group, University of Otago, Christchurch.
The Clinical Pharmacology Research Group includes staff from the Clinical Pharmacology Department at Christchurch Hospital, the Drug Information Service and Drug Utilisation Review Service.
The main research focus for the group is on the clinical application of pharmacology knowledge.
We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated students to do their PhD, or other postgraduate degree.

Potential topics include:

  • Informatics/pharmacoepidemiology: clinical questions addressed using large regional data sets.
  • Pharmacogenetics: of adverse drug reactions; of drug exposure; of drug response.
  • Pharmacokinetics: e.g. drug cocktail studies of the effects of disease or drugs on drug metabolism.
  • Quality Use of Medicines: e.g. implementation of clinical decision support in electronic prescribing systems.

Applicants must be eligible for admission to the PhD programme at the University of Otago.

Admission to the PhD programme.

Funding Notes

Whether you are a domestic or an international student, the University of Otago has a range of Doctoral Scholarships available to you.

If you are a straight A student (GPA of 8 – 'A' grade) or higher, who has completed an Honours or Master's degree with an appropriate research component from a New Zealand university then you are likely to be guaranteed a University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship.

University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship.

Other scholarship opportunities.


In the first instance, applicants should contact Associate Professor Matt Doogue or Dr Paul Chin by email to discuss a project. Further information may be sought from suitable candidates, including:

  • a copy of your CV
  • a copy of your academic transcript
  • a PDF copy of your research thesis

Further Information

The Department of Medicine has a number of potential topics and projects on offer for a range of postgraduate qualifications, including PhD and Master's degrees.
We welcome enquiries and encourage all prospective students to directly contact potential supervisors in their field of interest.


Associate Professor Matt Doogue

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