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The Division of Sciences has research and teaching strengths in fundamental and applied sciences, in human performance and health, and in environmental science. We offer a number of disciplines that are unique to Otago.

Coastal People: Southern Skies – Responding to climate change

Division of Sciences researchers are leading transformative research on climate change in New Zealand and across the Pacific.

Coastal People: Southern Skies is a new research collaboration that connects communities with world-leading, cross-discipline research to rebuild coastal ecosystems.

Science at Otago

Studying Science at Otago gives you the opportunity to participate and learn in an environment where cutting-edge research projects are under way all the time. It's an environment that has earned us our international reputation.

If you're considering studying Science then you are definitely in the right place. We suggest you check out the Undergraduate study and Postgraduate study sections of our website to help you in deciding what you want to study, and if you're seeking more general information on what to expect from your time at Otago then check out the Future Students section of the University website.

Future Students

What we offer

The diversity of quality science subjects that can now be studied at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels is very broad. As well as our touchstone BSc (Bachelor of Science) and BSc(Hons) degrees with their large assortment of majors, you may also be interested in BAppSc (Bachelor of Applied Science), BASc (Bachelor of Arts and Science), our professional degrees, or programmes that cut across normal departmental structures.

A sciences education develops the essential lifelong learning skills that employers seek such as critical thinking, communication skills, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and analytical and problem-solving skills.

Research and Teaching Excellence

We have world-leading researchers and teachers, as well as unique field sites for environmental sciences. Our research and teaching facilities are state of the art, but you can't beat having the deep ocean as your lab, or classes taught under the trees of one of the world's most beautiful campuses.


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Can mirror imaging fool the brain?

And can that trick help people with phantom limb pain?


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Dick Hitchings

“As far as getting a future-proof field to work in, you couldn’t do much better than biochemistry.”