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Postgraduate News & Events


In 2011 the University had 4066 postgraduate students, including those enrolled at its campuses in Wellington and Christchurch and others enrolled as distance students. These included 1327 doctoral candidates, 1216 enrolments at Masters level and 1540 enrolments in postgraduate diplomas and certificates.

Find out what some of those students have been up to here.

Masters’ scholarships offered year-round

Following the successful introduction of a year-round application process for doctoral scholarships in 2010, the University of Otago recently announced Masters’ candidates could apply for scholarships on a similar basis.

The move is aimed at creating a flexible system that makes things as easy as possible for students. It means both doctoral and thesis-only Masters’ students can now apply for a scholarship at the same time as they apply for admission, but there are also opportunities to apply after starting a thesis if circumstances have changed, strengthening the case for a scholarship.

Thesis Masters’ students who complete an initial papers year should apply for a thesis scholarship after their papers year, while coursework-only Masters’ students (non-thesis Masters’) should usually apply at the same time as applying for admission.

More detailed information is available at

For general queries about the scheme email

Library liaison supports postgraduate students

Need help finding a research resource, tackling a literature review or tracking citations? The University Library offers a Liaison Service which supports postgraduate students right across the University so they can make the most of the world-class facilities and resources it offers. This support service is also available to distance students in the various disciplines.

The Library Liaison Service comprises subject specialist librarians who are each designated to the relevant department/s. They can help postgraduate students locate print and electronic resources, manage literature search results, get to grips with research tools and many other useful tips and skills. They also provide helpful subject guides on the main library website.

In response to feedback from students, the service is also this year providing hands-on workshops aimed at covering the areas postgraduates commonly need help with, such as a guide to publishing and bibliography preparation.

Find out more about your subject librarian on the Library website

For information on the library workshops visit the Library events website

Postgraduate radio show makes waves

A new radio show for postgraduate students is proving a popular addition to the programming at Radio One, the University’s student radio network.

‘Rush Hour’ is the brainchild of postgraduate student Thomas Köntges. The mix of interviews, lighthearted satire and music runs every Wednesday from 10am to 12noon on 91fm (live streamed on the Radio One website).

Thomas, a doctoral student in Classics, explains that he revisited an idea he had originally developed for a postgraduate magazine in order to propose the show when Radio One was seeking ways of getting more students involved in the station’s broadcasting. The idea was positively received and, after some quick training, he was sitting behind the control desk for the first broadcast on 18 January. Since then he has been joined by Science Communication postgraduate student Zoe Patterson Ross, who interviews other postgraduate students, as well as Tegan McKegg and Josh Kennedy, who participate in the satirical feature ‘Ask the Postgraduates’.

Response to the initiative so far has been largely positive, and the show has a growing following both on-air and online. Of course Rush Hour has a life in social media that almost eclipses its on-air presence. Previous broadcasts are available, while the interviews are always available after the show.

You can also follow the show on Twitter or Facebook.