Liggins Institute

Postgraduate degrees and research projects

Information about postgraduate study options and how to find a research project and supervisor based at the Liggins Institute.


Academic staff at the Liggins Institute work within a number of divisions across the University as well as in clinical practice. They are able to supervise students undertaking higher degrees. This is done through the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at The University of Auckland.

A degree with us will establish a basis for your career in biomedical research, or cultivate research skills that will complement your future clinical practice or further study.

The Liggins Institute provides excellent facilities for students wishing to undertake honours, masters and PhD programmes in biomedical and medical research, including high-level training in research and laboratory techniques, career opportunities and travel support for national and international conferences. No previous research experience is required, just a degree in science or medicine.

We offer research opportunities for students with backgrounds in biological sciences, medicine, molecular medicine, nursing, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, pharmacology, neuroscience, endocrinology, physiology and other disciplines.


Postgraduate research opportunities handbook

Our new e-book introduces the Liggins Institute student experience and the many ways to become part of our  research team.

Publication date
May 2013

A hard copy version of the handbook can be obtained from the Graduate Centre in the East Wing of the ClockTower, City Campus or by registering your details with us.

Research projects available now


Postgraduate courses available at the Liggins Institute

We offer first class supervision and research projects for doctoral, masters and honours degrees and postgraduate diplomas in the disciplines of

  • Biomedical Science
  • Medical Science
  • Health Science
  • Māori Health
  • Science

Honours, masters and diploma courses are coordinated through the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (FMHS) or the Faculty of Science School of Biological Sciences (SBS).

Doctoral students enrol directly via the Liggins Institute.


How to find a project and supervisor

There is a wide variety of projects in research areas throughout the institute designed to challenge and stimulate students at all levels. We invite you to explore the research themes on our website to find an area that particularly interests you. Each theme lists a number of student projects that are currently available and links to the scientists working in those areas.

Alternatively go to the "Our people" section to read about the leading international scientists who work at the Liggins to find out their areas of interest.

Research themes
Our people


Doctoral programmes

Doctoral students studying at or through the Liggins Institute enjoy all the advantages of being part of New Zealand’s leading university while accessing the dedicated resources of a world-class research institute and supervision by internationally recognised and connected academic staff.

How to apply for admission to our doctoral research programme


Non-doctoral postgraduate programmes

Get information about non doctoral degrees and postgraduate study where the research component may be undertaken at the Liggins Institute by visiting:

Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (FMHS)
Honours degrees
Masters degrees
Postgraduate diplomas
How to apply for entry to non-doctoral postgraduate programmes


Admission to a PhD programme

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