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Research (Thesis) Masters' Degrees

The decision to undertake postgraduate study is a bold declaration that you intend to be a serious participant in your chosen field. To graduate with a Master's degree from Otago is to be equipped with advanced knowledge and sophisticated skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

Masters' degrees at Otago are research-based and are designed to equip you either to move into employment or to advance seamlessly to a doctoral study programme. At Otago we regard research as the heart of our academic activity and we believe that the synergy we have achieved between research and our graduate degree programmes contributes powerfully to our reputation as one of New Zealand's two outstanding research universities.

We have many mechanisms in place to foster and support research and we are proud of our world leadership in a number of key research areas. Our reputation for academic excellence in teaching and research is a major factor in attracting students and staff from throughout New Zealand and from around the world. There are over 1,000 Masters' students currently enrolled, and they are studying in a more varied range of subjects than is available in any other university in New Zealand.

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Find a supervisor

You can search on the Otago expertise database to find a supervisor or an expert in your area of research.

The Health Sciences Expertise Database enables you to search for expertise within the Division of Health Sciences.

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Resources and support

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Masters’ supervision

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Qualities of postgraduate research candidates

Administrative forms

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Postgraduate Publishing Bursaries

Postgraduate Publishing Bursaries are available to support candidates to complete papers arising from their research during the examination period. Eligibility conditions and regulations are appended to the application form.


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Scholarships and awards

Thesis guides

Consult the Library’s Thesis Information guide for details on copyright obligations and rights, organising, completing, submitting and depositing your bound and electronic thesis copies.

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Graduate Research School

The Graduate Research School provides oversight of the University's graduate research programmes.