We offer research projects at a range of levels including undergraduate internships, Masters projects or PhD programmes in perinatal science.

Subjects on offer

The Liggins Institute is a multi-disciplinary research institute, which means as a student you have access to experts from a range of subject areas. This allows us to view human health problems from different angles at once and more effectively translate scientific discoveries into therapies and strategies that benefit the community.

Our main focus and area of expertise is perinatal science, and the Liggins Institute is the only place in New Zealand that offers this subject. You could also choose to focus on Biomedical Science, Community Health, Health Science, Medical Science, Maori and Pacific Health, Molecular Medicine, Nutrition and Dietetics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics or Physiology.

Undergraduate Clinical Research Internships

Interested in clinical research? Want to work with internationally renowned researchers? If you’re a second year Auckland medical student interested in exploring research as part of your future clinical career, check out the new Liggins Institute Undergraduate Clinical Research Internships.

It’s a 2-year programme providing interns paid work on clinical research projects at the Liggins Institute. Applications close 31 July.

Current studies include:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of diabetes in pregnancy, and effects on later health of mothers and babies
  • Optimal nutrition of preterm babies, including both extremely preterm and late preterm babies, and whether nutrition should be different for girls and boys 
  • Treatment and prevention of low blood glucose levels in newborns, and how low glucose levels affect brain development
  • Congenital heart disease and factors determining its incidence, detection and treatment. 

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Perinatal science

Perinatal science covers all aspects of maternal and child health from pre-conception through to early childhood. You could focus on basic science or clinical approaches to explore early life development. This might include investigation of changes in the maternal environment (e.g. nutrition) and complications of pregnancy on the long-term outcomes in the child; identifying the early determinants of a long healthy life and opportunities for intervention; or strategies to translate these research findings to changes in practice.

Levels of study

You can study a bachelors degree, postgraduate diploma, masters degree or doctoral degree at the Liggins Institute. We offer the following programmes:

If you're a current second year medical student the University of Auckland, you can undertake a Liggins Clinical Research Internship. You could also consider a Summer Research Scholarship - a short-term scholarship for undergraduate students to get a taste of postgraduate study.  

Opportunities for clinicians

If you are a practising clinician, postgraduate study is a wonderful opportunity to spend time investigating your field of interest. Postgraduate study develops a range of analytical and problem solving skills, as well as building expertise in your chosen area.