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About Otago Medical School


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 comprises three campuses:

Our administrative centre is located in Dunedin's Health Sciences precinct, adjacent to the main University of Otago campus and opposite Dunedin Hospital.

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The medical degree

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).

Medical students complete their studies with three years' further training (ALM – Advanced Learning in Medicine), in either Christchurch, Dunedin, or Wellington.

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Other health professional programmes

We also train medical laboratory scientists (in Dunedin) and radiation therapists (in Wellington). These are restricted-entry programmes.

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Postgraduate programmes

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.

Postgraduate study at Otago Medical School

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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.

Research at Otago Medical School
Publications from Otago Medical School
Staff expertise database

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