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University of Otago · Division of Sciences

Entry requirements

  1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).
  2. Every applicant shall have fulfilled one of the following conditions
    1. have been admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Science majoring in the subject or subjects of study proposed
    2. have been admitted with the status of one who is entitled to proceed to the diploma
    3. have a qualification acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and produce evidence satisfactory to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of ability to proceed to the diploma.

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); we also accept a number of other English language tests.

Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre English for Otago programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Months of entry

February, July

Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) is a one-year programme which builds on an undergraduate science degree. The diploma encompasses both papers and a research topic, and can be taken full-time. It provides entry to the Master of Science (MSc) degree by thesis only.

Students wanting to undertake a one-year diploma should have a sound background at Bachelor of Science level in whichever subject they choose to specialise.

Anatomy is a diverse discipline encompassing the study of the structure of the body (especially, but not exclusively, the human body), at both the visible and microscopic levels. As such it encompasses traditional approaches to study of the human body, as well as very modern molecular and microscopical approaches using the latest techniques and ideas. It seeks to discover the relationship between the structure of organs and cells and the function they perform.

It is an integral part of the biological disciplines, closely related to Physiology, Biochemistry and Biological Anthropology, and fundamental to all biomedical science.


  • ANAT 480 Research Project
  • ANAT 458 Current Topics in Anatomical Science

Three of:

  • ANAT 451 Functional Human Anatomy
  • ANAT 452 Reproductive Biology
  • ANAT 453 Advanced Topics in Anatomical Science 1
  • ANAT 454 Neurobiology
  • ANAT 455 Research Topic
  • ANAT 456 Developmental Biology
  • ANAT 457 Advanced Topics in Anatomical Science 2
  • BIOA 401 Advanced Biological Anthropology

Structure of the Programme

  • Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for the subject concerned as set out above.
  • With the permission of the Heads of the Departments concerned, a candidate may substitute a paper of another subject for one of the required papers.
  • Any required research report must be submitted no later than 1 November.

Information for international students

Otago offers students an unrivalled campus experience and a vibrant, social student culture. The majority of Otago’s 21,000 students live, work and play in Dunedin - New Zealand’s only true university city. Otago is home to over 3,000 students, from over 100 countries.

Find out more about study at Otago through our International Prospectus

Fees and funding

International students
NZ $41,415

New Zealand is a relatively affordable country to live in. Dunedin, being a student-focused city, has living and entertainment options for all budgets.

The University of Otago recognises academic excellence and supports international students at all levels of study with a range of scholarships: otago.ac.nz/international/future-students/international-scholarships

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip(Sci)
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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