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Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Honours (BBiomedSc(Hons))

  • Bachelor (Honours)

The University of Otago has a strong international reputation for biomedical research. The Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Honours (BBiomedSc(Hons)) is an eight-month full-time postgraduate programme which provides an excellent foundation for a career in biomedical research.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor (Honours)
Course Code
BBiomedSc(Hons)

About this course

The University of Otago has a strong international reputation for biomedical research. The Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Honours (BBiomedSc(Hons)) is an eight-month full-time postgraduate programme which provides an excellent foundation for a career in biomedical research.

You will join your supervisor's research team and be based in their home department. Your supervisor and their team will provide training on all necessary scientific techniques.

The research focus of BBiomedSc(Hons) provides an excellent foundation for employment in a research laboratory and pursuing master's or PhD studies in a wide range of biomedical sciences.

The BBiomedSc(Hons) is a thesis-only qualification, comprising 85% research and 15% coursework. There are no final exams.

The coursework includes journal clubs and workshops, such as:

  • Human and animal ethics
  • Maori context to research
  • Mental health and maintaining wellness
  • Presentation skills
  • Thesis writing skills
  • Writing techniques

Entry requirements

  1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Board of Studies for Biomedical Sciences which must be satisfied that the candidate has the ability and experience to proceed to the degree.
  2. Every applicant must have completed the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, or an equivalent qualification recognised by the Board of Studies for Biomedical Sciences, with an average grade of at least B+ for the appropriate 300-level papers of the major subject and have passed one further paper at 300-level to make a total of 90 points at 300-level.
  3. Applicants must normally have passed papers worth at least 126 points, at 200-level or above, during the third year of study for the degree of Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (or equivalent). The 126 points in third year must include at least 90 points at 300-level.

Study locations

Dunedin