Postgraduate study in Biochemistry

The Department of Biochemistry offers the postgraduate degrees BSc(Hons), PGDipSci, MSc, and PhD. Each of these incorporates a significant laboratory research project, enhanced by different admixtures of course work. This page offers advice for students considering enrolling for any of these degrees.

BSc(Hons)

The BSc(Hons) degree comprises study from February to November of a single year and includes considerable course work and an experiment-based research project. Students will be matched to a supervisor for the research project during March at the beginning of the degree. Entry to the degree requires a B+ average or better in the relevant 300-level BSc papers. For further information contact the 400-level coordinator.

Read about our 400-level papers

Email the 400-level coordinator

MSc

The two-year MSc degree includes considerable course work from February to November in the first year and and a research project spanning both years of the degree. Students should discuss projects with potential research supervisors in October or November before enrolling. Entry to the degree requires a B average or better in the relevant 300-level BSc papers. For further information contact the MSc coordinator.

Read about our 400-level papers

Email the MSc coordinator

The one-year MSc degree focusses on an experiment-based research project. Students must be accepted by a supervisor for the research project before enrolling. Entry to the degree requires a BSc(Hons) or other degree with a research component in a relevant field. For further information contact the MSc coordinator.

Email the MSc coordinator

PhD

The PhD degree is built around an original research project. Students must be accepted by a supervisor for the research project before enrolling. Entry to the degree requires a first class or 2.1 BSc(Hons) or MSc in a relevant field. Study can commence at any time of year. Prospective supervisors can advise on the application process. More information on the Otago doctoral program is available on the website of the Graduate Research School. Direct your inquiries about doctoral study to the PhD coordinator.

Information about PhD study on the University website

Email the PhD coordinator

Postgraduate study in Biochemistry at Otago

The Department of Biochemistry is a great place to do your post-graduate degree. Staff in the department have a wide range of research interests - from plant development to protein structure, and from cold adaptation in antarctic fish to the the genetics of cancer - so you will find a project that matches your interests no matter what they may be.

We have weekly seminars with local and visiting speakers, weekly Journal Clubs where staff and postgraduate students present recent papers from the literature, and fortnightly Postgraduate Colloquia where students present and discuss their research amongst themselves. Our graduates are therefore broadly educated and much in demand.

The specific requirements of degrees are listed on the Degree Planning page. 

Information for all postgraduate students at the University of Otago. 
International students are welcomed.
University Masters Handbook 
University PhD Handbook 
Information about research groups within the Department of Biochemistry 
Diploma for Graduates, a planned, tailor-made, paper-based course is available in Biochemistry for graduates wishing to acquire new knowledge and expertise, or as a bridge qualification to higher study in Biochemistry.