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O que eu aprenderei?

The Master of Science (MSc) is a two-year degree which encompasses both coursework and research. The first year involves mainly coursework and preliminary research preparation. Students will have the opportunity to contribute to existing fields of research, or to begin to develop new areas.

Why study Pharmacology and Toxicology?

Most people are interested in pharmacology because drugs occupy such a prominent place in everyday life. Constant progress in medicine involves the design of new drugs that can cure cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders and other medical conditions.

Pharmacology incorporates and applies a variety of biological sciences, such as biochemistry, chemistry, physiology, microbiology and genetics. Unlike pharmacy, which is about the preparation and dispensing of drugs, pharmacology is the science behind how drugs produce their effects on the body and what the body does to the drugs. Pharmacology also plays a key role in developing drugs of the future.

Toxicology at Otago examines the harmful effects of chemicals on the human body, as well as understanding the impact of chemicals on the environment and in our food supply.

A good knowledge of pharmacology and toxicology is also an important part of the training of medical doctors, pharmacists, dentists, nurses and physiotherapists. Other scientists often find pharmacology useful in their own specialisation. For example, physiologists, biochemists, zoologists and psychologists may use drugs to understand the biological system or disease they are studying.

Research at Otago

All our teaching staff are engaged in cutting-edge Pharmacology and Toxicology research, seeking to develop new drugs and address toxicological problems.

Areas of particular expertise include:

Cancer drug development and treatment


Cardiovascular health and cardioprotection

Environmental toxicology

Human toxicology

Inflammation and wound healing

Neuropharmacology and auditory pharmacology

Duration of the Programme

A candidate achieving the degree by papers and a thesis shall normally follow a programme for the equivalent of not less than two years of full-time study and not more than three years of full-time study, and a candidate achieving the degree by thesis alone shall normally follow a programme of study for the equivalent of not less than one year of full-time study and not more than two years of full-time study. Exceptions shall be permitted only with the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).

De qual departamento farei parte?

Division of Sciences

Opções de estudo

Período integral (1 ano)

NZ$42.957,00 (R$ 142.341) por ano

*O preço é estimado e tem caráter informativo, por favor, verifique esta informação com a instituição.

Data de início

Esperado Fevereiro 2023


University of Otago

Dunedin Campus,

362 Leith Street,


North Dunedin,

9016, New Zealand

Requisitos de admissão

Para estudantes do(s)/da Estados Unidos

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities). Every applicant must either be a graduate, or have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities). In considering an applicant's qualifications, regard will be had to the detail of the course of study followed to gain the qualification, as well as the applicant's performance in the programme. Applicants must normally have achieved an average grade of at least B+ in the papers at the highest level in the programme.

Para estudantes internacionais

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).

Every applicant must either: be a graduate with an average grade of at least B for the appropriate 300-level papers, or have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).

An applicant seeking admission to the thesis-only option of the programme on the basis of the degree of Bachelor of Science with Honours or the Postgraduate Diploma in Science or equivalent must have achieved a grade of at least B+ for the research report, thesis preparation, or dissertation requirement of the qualification concerned.

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); Internet-based TOEFL: Score of 95 with a minimum writing score of 22, Paper-based TOEFL: score of 587 (TWE 4.5); we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.

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.

Os requisitos para o IELTS podem variar de acordo com o curso que você escolher.


Sobre University of Otago

A Universidade de Otago está classificada no 1% das melhores universidades do mundo.

  • Ganhou a maior classificação em ensino e pesquisa
  • Universidade nº 1 da Nova Zelândia em desempenho educacional
  • 95% dos graduados são contratados ou continuam os estudos
  • Oportunidade de visto de trabalho de 3 anos após os estudos

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