The Otago Medical School (OMS) is part of the University of Otago Division of Health Sciences, and has a long history of provision of research-based undergraduate, postgraduate, professional, and academic programmes of study of international standard.
Otago Medical School consists of four schools across three campuses:
- Dunedin School of Medicine (DSM)
- School of Biomedical Sciences (BMS)
- University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC)
- University of Otago, Wellington (UOW)
Our administrative centre is located in Dunedin's Health Sciences precinct, adjacent to the main University of Otago campus and opposite Dunedin Hospital.
We are perhaps most well-known for our Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) programme, more commonly known as the medical degree.
After entry to Medicine (usually after completion of the competitive Health Sciences First Year), all medical students undertake two years' training in Dunedin. Known as Early Learning in Medicine (ELM), these two years are taught by both DSM and BMS departments.
Medical students complete their studies with three years' further training (ALM—Advanced Learning in Medicine), in either Christchurch, Dunedin, or Wellington.
We also train medical laboratory scientists (in Dunedin) and radiation therapists (in Wellington). These are restricted-entry programmes.
Alongside our health professional programmes, the School of Biomedical Sciences offers world-class undergraduate science programmes on the Dunedin campus. Students can choose from a wide range of science, applied science, or biomedical science majors and tailor their learning to their specific fields of interest.
Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majors
Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BBiomedSc) majors
- Drugs and Human Health
- Functional Human Biology
- Infection and Immunity
- Molecular Basis of Health and Disease
- Nutrition and Metabolism in Human Health
- Reproduction, Genetics and Development
Bachelor of Science (BSc) majors
- Microbiology and Immunology
- Pharmacology and Toxicology
- Plant Biotechnology
At each campus we offer a number of postgraduate programmes, ranging from research-based honours, masters', and PhD programmes, through to short courses and continuing professional development (CPD) activities for working medical professionals.
Many of our postgraduate programmes are open to graduates of non-medical or non-biomedical science disciplines.
We have thriving research communities at each of our three campuses, made up of postgraduate students and academic staff who, in many cases, are world-leaders in their areas of expertise.