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A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


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Academic background
Health Sciences, Sciences
Host campus
Psychological Medicine (Christchurch)
Professor Joseph Boden


PhD candidates are being recruited to join the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch.

The Department of Psychological Medicine New Zealand's largest and most influential centre for mental health research. Based in Christchurch, we promote improved mental health through practical and clinically-relevant teaching and research.

We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated students to do their PhD, or other postgraduate degree.

Potential topics include:

  • Developmental antecedents of mental health and addiction problems in adulthood
  • Adult sequelae of childhood illness and adversity
  • Interactions between social factors, life events and mental health outcomes

Applicants must be eligible for admission to the PhD programme at the University of Otago.

Admission to the PhD programme.

Funding notes

Whether you are a domestic or an international student, the University of Otago has a range of Doctoral Scholarships available to you.

If you are a straight A student (GPA of 8 – 'A' grade) or higher, who has completed an Honours or Master's degree with an appropriate research component from a New Zealand university then you are likely to be guaranteed a University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship.

University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship

Other scholarship opportunities


In the first instance, applicants should contact Professor Joe Boden by email to discuss a project. Further information may be sought from suitable candidates that will include:

  • a copy of your CV
  • a copy of your academic transcript
  • a PDF copy of your research thesis

Further information

The Department of Psychological Medicine has a number of potential topics and projects on offer, including PhD and other postgraduate degrees. We welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in mood disorder research:



Joseph Boden

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