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Postgraduate study

Postgraduate Physiology is enjoyable and rewarding.

4th Year Honours, PGDipSci,1st year MSc, BMedSc (Hons) and MMedSc in Physiology

There are various options for postgraduate study in Physiology.  If you are interested in carrying out a research project and 400-level qualification in the Department of Physiology in 2019, you should apply during semester 2 of 2018. Make sure you talk to the academics that are offering the projects you are interested in to find out more about the project itself and see if it is suitable for you. If you are not doing your undergraduate degree at Otago, email academics and arrange to speak to them on the telephone.

How to apply

Have a look at the list of possible projects available in the 2019 Postgraduate booklet to get an idea of the types of projects we have on offer.

Possible projects (PDF, 420 KB)

Talk to the academics that are offering the projects you are interested in to find out more about the project itself and see if it is suitable for you. If you are not doing your undergraduate degree at Otago, email academics and arrange to speak to them on the telephone.

Decide which projects you would like to be considered for (you can nominate three at the most) and which qualification you would like to apply for.

Fill in an application form and flow chart outlining 400-level entry to physiology postgraduate study, and hand it in to the Physiology Administration Office, G38 by 23 November 2018. Late applications may be considered if there are projects still available, however, there is generally a waiting list for the more popular projects.

Application form (PDF format, 204KB)

What happens next

We will give a copy of your application form and academic record to the academic/s you are interested in working with.

All students will be informed by email by mid-December regarding their application, so ensure you check your email regularly around this time.

Formal application for entry into 400-level BSc Honours or PGDipSci must be completed online via e:Vision as soon as possible after you have been informed that your application has been successful. Once we confirm admission to the Administrator of the Division of Sciences, the decision will be available on e:Vision.

Invitation into the BBiomedSc (Hons) programme comes from the Dean of the BMS, once 3rd year results are known. Acceptance into the programme is dependent on securing a supervisor in the Physiology Department. Formal application into the BBiomedSc (Hons) programme follows invitation into the programme from the Dean of the BMS.

PhD programme

Successful completion of a BBiomedSc(Hons), BSc(Hons), or MSc allows you to apply for entry to the Department's PhD programme.

We offer PhD opportunities in internationally-recognised research programmes in the following areas:

  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Membrane and Ion Transport

Learn more about our PhD programme

Postgraduate research opportunities

All postgraduate programmes in the Department of Physiology are research-based. In many cases, specific available projects will be advertised:

Postgraduate research opportunities in the Department of Physiology