The Department of Biochemistry (School of Biomedical Sciences) is a great place to do your postgraduate degree. Staff in the department have a wide range of research interests—from plant development to protein structure, and from cold adaptation in antarctic fish to the the genetics of cancer—so you will find a project that matches your interests no matter what they may be.
The Department has weekly seminars with local and visiting speakers, weekly journal clubs where staff and postgraduate students present recent papers from the literature, and fortnightly postgraduate colloquia where students present and discuss their research amongst themselves. Our graduates are therefore broadly educated and much in demand.
The Department offers the postgraduate degrees BSc(Hons), PGDipSci, MSc, and PhD. Each of these incorporates a significant laboratory research project, enhanced by different admixtures of course work. This page offers advice for students considering enrolling for any of these degrees.
Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons))
The BSc(Hons) degree comprises study from February to November of a single year and includes considerable course work and an experiment-based research project. Students will be matched to a supervisor for the research project during March at the beginning of the degree. Entry to the degree requires a B+ average or better in the relevant 300-level BSc papers.
Master of Science (MSc)
The one-year MSc degree focusses on an experiment-based research project. Students must be accepted by a supervisor for the research project before enrolling. Entry to the degree requires a BSc(Hons) or other degree with a research component in a relevant field.
The two-year MSc degree includes considerable course work from February to November in the first year and and a research project spanning both years of the degree. Students should discuss projects with potential research supervisors in October or November before enrolling. Entry to the degree requires a B average or better in the relevant 300-level BSc papers.
The PhD degree is built around an original research project. Students must be accepted by a supervisor for the research project before enrolling. Entry to the degree requires a first class or 2.1 BSc(Hons) or MSc in a relevant field. Study can commence at any time of year. Prospective supervisors can advise on the application process. More information on the Otago doctoral program is available on the website of the Graduate Research School. Direct your inquiries about doctoral study to the PhD coordinator.
Contact the Department of Biochemistry for further information about postgraduate study: