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Postgraduate study

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Postgraduate Physiology is enjoyable and rewarding.

400-level in the Department of Physiology

If you are interested in a 400-level qualification in the Department of Physiology, as well as obtaining the necessary grades to be eligible (see “400-level Degree Options and Entry Requirements” in the 2022 400-level booklet), you will need to secure a supervisor for your research project.

2022 400-level booklet (PDF)

The process for arranging a PHSL/NEUR PGDipSc or BSc(Hons) project, or a FUHB BBiomedSc(Hons) project in the Department of Physiology is below.

How to apply for a research project

  1. Read the project descriptions (Appendix I) in the 2022 400-level booklet.
  2. Email the supervisors offering the projects in which you are interested to arrange a meeting to discuss the projects in-person or by Zoom.
  3. Decide the projects for which you would like to be considered (up to 3, in rank order) and the qualification for which you are applying.
  4. Complete an application form (Appendix II in the 2022 400-level booklet) and deliver it to the Physiology Department Office by Friday 19 November 2021. If you are off campus you can email your complete application to physiology@otago.ac.nz. Late applications will be considered if there are projects still available.

What happens next

  1. Your research project application and academic record will be given to the academics with whom you are interested in working, who will decide on whether to accept your application.
  2. You will be informed of your application outcome by email in mid-December.
  3. If your research project application is successful:
    • For PGDipSci or BSc(Hons), complete your formal application for entry on eVision. Once we (or NEUR) confirm admission with the Division of Sciences Administration, you will be notified of acceptance on eVision.
    • For BBiomedSc(Hons), entry is by invitation from the Dean of the School of Biomedical Sciences (BMS) once third year results are known. Acceptance into the programme is organised by the BMS Administration but is dependent on securing a research project.
  4. If you are eligible but not matched with any of your choices, you will be provided an opportunity to discuss alternative projects with other supervisors who still have projects available.

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