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Looking for an exciting PhD project in New Zealand?

We have research opportunities in:

  • Pharmacy Practice / Clinical Pharmacy
    • Computational modelling
    • Drug formulation and delivery
    • Individualisation of drug therapy
    • Pharmacoepidemiology
    • Pharmacogenetics
    • Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Bioengineering
    • Cell and chemical biology
    • Diagnostics
    • Drug delivery to the brain
    • Drug design, synthesis, and discovery
    • Formulation and dosing
    • Immunology and vaccine development
    • Medicinal chemistry
    • Veterinary pharmaceutics and delivery of bioactives

Current PhD positions at the School of Pharmacy

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry to postgraduate programmes at the National School of Pharmacy, all students must hold qualifications that are acceptable to the University of Otago. Applicants should have at least a bachelor's degree with honours, or preferably a research master's in an appropriate field of study.

Criteria for enrolment in the PhD programme (University of Otago)

English language requirements

All courses at the National School of Pharmacy are taught and examined in English. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of a satisfactory level of English language proficiency.

English requirements for PhD study (University of Otago)


Applications for doctoral-level scholarships should usually occur when applying for admission, and should be attached to the appropriate admission form. The main doctoral-level scholarship, open to both international and domestic applicants, is the University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship.

There are also particular scholarships for Māori and Pacific Island applicants, as well as a number of specialised discipline-specific scholarships.

University of Otago Scholarships

Further information

Please contact the Pharmacy Postgraduate Administrator, email, for further information or assistance in the application process, after you have gained approval by a supervisor to apply for one of our PhD positions.

Current PhD positions at the School of Pharmacy