A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) enables you to be an independent researcher. It consists of approximately three years of full time research in one of the research laboratories. There is no paper component for this degree. During this time you are expected to make a significant contribution to knowledge within your field. A PhD requires a high degree of scholarly acumen, independence, and perseverance.
Past students have gained post-doctoral positions in North America, Europe, and United Kingdom. A PhD is no longer seen as just a career path to academia and past Pharmacology Doctorate students are employed in:
- Science communication
- Drugs and pesticide regulation
- Public policy and government bodies including PHARMAC and MEDSAFE
While you must have a BSc (Hons) or a MSc to apply for entry to the doctorate programme, a first class honours or MSc with distinction is required to be competitive for a scholarship.
The application form should be submitted to the Doctoral and Scholarships Office any time throughout the year. Note that this form should only be completed after a supervisor from the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department has advised you to formally apply for PhD admission.
The University of Otago offers the following scholarships:
- University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship (NZ$25,000 per annum, domestic tuition fees waiver)
- University of Otago Maori Doctoral Scholarship (NZ$25,000 per annum, domestic tuition fees waiver)
- University of Otago Pacific Island Doctoral Scholarship (NZ$25,000 per annum, domestic tuition fees waiver)
- Fanny Evans Postgraduate Scholarship for Women (NZ$25,000 per annum, domestic tuition fees waiver)
- Elman Poole Travelling Scholarship (NZ$20,000 plus up to NZ$5,000 additional expenses)
- New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship
We also offer our own departmental periodic scholarship and travel scholarship.
For further information about post-graduate study at the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department, please contact the department. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- PhD handbook at the University of Otago, New Zealand
- Examination process for the PhD at the University of Otago, New Zealand
- Assessing international grades for Otago Postgraduate Scholarships
- University of Otago International Office
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