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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Neuroscience

Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) through the Dunedin, Wellington, or Christchurch campuses in 2023

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A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the highest qualification a university can award. PhD students conduct independent and original neuroscience research and write about their research in a PhD thesis. This would normally take three or more years to complete, if studying full-time.

To be accepted to study towards a PhD in Neuroscience you must normally have:

  • A BSc(Hons) in Neuroscience with first-class or upper-second-class honours, or
  • A PGDipSci in Neuroscience with distinction or credit, or
  • An MSc in Neuroscience

You must also have:

  • Suitable research experience (usually as part of your previous degree), and
  • Agreement from a neuroscientist to supervise your PhD thesis

It is sometimes possible to use a qualification with a major other than neuroscience for admission to a PhD in Neuroscience. The topic of your research must be neuroscience.

More information about PhD study at the University of Otago
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