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Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Honours (BBiomedSc(Hons)) at the University of Otago, Wellington

What is the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Honours (BBiomedSc(Hons))?

The Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Honours (BBiomedSc(Hons)) is a separate one-year research-orientated postgraduate degree completed after the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) undergraduate course (or equivalent). Being situated next to the regional hospital in Wellington, the programme focuses on translational medicine and many of the supervisors are clinicians at the hospital – offering you a unique opportunity to partake in hands on clinical research with real patients.

Why do BBiomedSc(Hons)?

It is an excellent stepping stone to a career in research, diagnostics or biotechnology, or to master’s or PhD study in a wide range of biomedical sciences. With an honours degree, you can proceed directly to PhD study.

What do you do in the BBiomedSc(Hons)?

The BBiomedSc(Hons) comprises a significant research component (about eight months’ hands-on research project) and presentation of a thesis. You will also undertake a theory component which will include taught workshops on research methods, ethics, and statistics.

Projects on offer

We offer research projects that have a strong focus on translational and clinical medicine. For more information please contact Dr Sara Filoche (

How to apply

The BBiomedSc(Hons) is offered through the University of Otago, Wellington to students who have completed an approved degree, such as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) in a related field from the University of Otago, or an approved degree from another University.

Minimum B+ average for 300-level year papers.

Entry is by approval of the Board of Studies. For more information and to apply, see

We recommend you contact the course convenor and places on this course are limited.