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                                           UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO

                                           INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTUS 2019



INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTUS 2019 - University of Otago
Me he manawa tītī, me he kuaka mārangaranga. Ko te reo rāhiri, ko         ‘A Sooty Shearwater with a stout heart, the Godwit
te reo pōwhiri e karanga atu ana ki a koutou ngā tītī, ngā kuaka, ngā     flock rises as one’. The voice of welcome from the
manu tawhiti kia whai wāhi ai koutou ki te whenua haumako, te ākau        University of Otago calls out to you, to take rest on
mātauranga o Aotearoa, a ko te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo. Tēnā,               this rich fertile land, on this coast of knowledge. As
karapinepine mai, whakarauika mai.                                        the first university in New Zealand, the University of
                                                                          Otago welcomes you all.
Ahakoa tō awhero, ahakoa tō wawata he wāhi hāneanea mōu, he ara
whakamua mōu hei whakatutuki i tēnā tāu e hiahia ai. Mēnā ka whai         Whatever your dreams or aspirations, they can
tohu koe ki Te Kete Aronui, ki te Ture, ki te Pūtaiao, ki te Hauora, ki   be realised here. Whether you want to pursue
te Tauhokohoko rānei, ahakoa te kaupapa he wāhi mōu, he tohu mōu.         Humanities, Law, Science, Medicine or Business, there
                                                                          is a place for you here and a qualification to suit your
Ko te ringa āwhina ka toro atu ki a koutou, ko ngā pou taunaki
ka whakaakoria, ka ārahia, ka tautokona koe ki te rere atu ki ngā
                                                                                                                                     This Prospectus is intended as a general guide for international students. The
karamatamata, ki ngā kōtihitihi o te ngaru mātauranga nei.                At the University of Otago we have the people to           information provided is, as far as possible, up to date and accurate at the time
                                                                          teach, guide and support you to fly to the mountain        of publication. The University reserves the right to add, amend or withdraw
Nā reira,
                                                                          tops and beyond.                                           programmes and facilities, to restrict student numbers and to make any other
Nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai!                                                                                                       alterations as it may deem necessary. The regulations of the University of
                                                                          Welcome, welcome, welcome.                                 Otago are published annually in the University Calendar.
                                                                                                                                     Published by the University of Otago International Office: July 2018.
INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTUS 2019 - University of Otago
Only Otago                                              2
    Welcome                                             4
    New Zealand Aotearoa                                6
    Dunedin: New Zealand’s student capital              8
    Life at Otago                                      10
    Student services                                   12
    Accommodation                                      14
An Otago degree                                        18
    Terminology                                        20
    Your bachelor’s degree                             22
    Postgraduate study                                 24
    Business                                           26
    Health Sciences                                    28
    Humanities                                         30
    Sciences                                           32
    Pathways to study                                  34
    Otago Global Student Exchange                      36
Entrance and enrolling                                 38
    Important dates                                    40
    Entrance requirements                              41
    How to apply                                       46
    Important application information                  48
    Essential information for international students   49
Programmes and fees                                    50
    Scholarships                                       52
    2018 international tuition fees                    54
    Programme summary                                  56

INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTUS 2019 - University of Otago
Welcome to the
    University of Otago
        The University of Otago was founded in 1869            next generation of citizens in New Zealand and
        by early Scottish settlers who recognised the          other parts of the globe. At Otago you will gain a
        importance of universities. Otago is the oldest        world-class qualification, and you will also learn
        and finest university in New Zealand with a long       other important lessons along the way – lessons
        history of excellence in teaching and research. We     that will allow you to thrive in all aspects of your
        work in partnership with Ngāi Tahu, the tangata        adult life. In addition, you will make friends who
        whenua of this place. We value the strong cultural     you will keep for a lifetime.
        contribution of both elements of our history;
                                                               In order to make the best of your brief time
        the bagpipes and the haka can be heard on our
                                                               with us, I strongly encourage you to be the best
        campus and at our graduation ceremonies.
                                                               student you can be. I also encourage you to take
        We are strongly committed to international             advantage of the wide range of extracurricular
        education having collaborative teaching, research      and co-curricular activities that we have on offer.
        and exchange agreements with major institutions        The University of Otago is located in one of the
        around the world. Otago offers a rich cultural         most beautiful places on the planet – please take
        life, reflecting a diverse international student       time out to discover the beaches, the hills and
        community and New Zealand’s own multicultural          the native flora and fauna that are right on our
        population. We are proud to be a foundation            doorstep. Most importantly, I challenge you to
        member of the Matariki Network of Universities,        dream.
        recognising our shared commitment to an ethos
                                                               I warmly welcome you to this exciting new
        of excellence in research, scholarship and rounded
                                                               chapter of your life.
        Students at Otago are taught by academic staff
        who are dedicated to teaching and who are
        internationally recognised for their research. We
        are committed to educating the next generation         PROFESSOR HARLENE HAYNE
        of professionals across a wide range of disciplines,   Vice-Chancellor
        and we are also committed to nurturing the             June 2018

INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTUS 2019 - University of Otago
Why Otago?

 Highest possible international         20,000 students, including              Ranked in the top 1% of
         quality rating                2,800 international students             universities in the world
                                            from 100 countries                   (QS World Rankings)

    15 residential colleges           New Zealand’s first university,       95% of graduates go into work
accommodating 3,500 students          celebrating 150 years in 2019            or on to further study

       195+                                  150+
 More than 195 undergraduate             We offer more than 150            Unmatched record in the National
and postgraduate programmes            student clubs and societies         Teaching Excellence Awards: seven
                                                                               Supreme Award winners

    Dunedin is a gigatown           Rated top university in New Zealand    Recognised as one of the 16 most
    with 1gb/s connectivity         for international student experience    beautiful campuses in the world
                                  (International Student Barometer 2017)           (Huffington Post)

INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTUS 2019 - University of Otago

    Only Otago
    excellence and
    an outstanding
    student experience.

INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTUS 2019 - University of Otago
Welcome to the University of Otago – New Zealand’s first
university and the first choice for more than 20,000 students.
After 150 years, we’re still leading the way when it comes to
world-class teaching and a legendary student lifestyle – the
two core elements that set the University of Otago apart, and
the reason students from across the country and around the
world choose us for their tertiary education.
An Otago degree can give you the momentum to get where
you want to go in life, And it’s not just academic achievement
that you’ll take with you. The experiences and friendships
forged at Otago can last a lifetime.

INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTUS 2019 - University of Otago

             New Zealand
             Embracing visitors
             as whānau (family)
             underpins every aspect
             of our identity.

                                           3                1

                          1. Dunedin                              2. Queenstown, Arrowtown and Wanaka
                          Known as the gateway to the South       3.5 hours’ drive.
                          Island, basing yourself in Dunedin      Queenstown, the birthplace of bungy, is known
                          allows for a comparably affordable      as the Adventure Sports Capital of the World.
                          way for you to access many of New       The stunningly beautiful gorges and lakeside
                          Zealand’s world-renowned destinations   environment provide the perfect setting for
                          of immense natural beauty, or enjoy     skydiving, canyon swinging, jet boating and
                          adventure activities.                   white-water rafting. This is also the Southern
                                                                  Hemisphere’s top ski resort area and has great
                                                                  nightlife once the sun goes down.
                                                                  Photograph by AJ Hackett Bungy
INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTUS 2019 - University of Otago
New Zealand is truly unique.                     (North Island) and Te Waipounamu (South       Kiwis have a reputation for being
                                                 Island).                                      resourceful and innovative. New
It is a safe and fun destination with friendly
                                                                                               Zealand’s urban centres are full of cafes,
people, easy access to the outdoors,             According to Māori, Kupe ventured from
                                                                                               restaurants, arts, industry and fashion.
immersive experiences and rich culture.          the Polynesian homeland of Hawaiiki
                                                                                               Farming remains the country’s major
                                                 to New Zealand on a waka hourua
It is also one of the least crowded                                                            export industry and there is a growing
                                                 (voyaging canoe) around 1,000 years ago
countries in the world, with a physical size                                                   focus on ecotourism ventures, the wine
                                                 navigating by the stars and ocean currents.
comparable to Japan or Great Britain and                                                       industry, fashion design and a flourishing
                                                 Several waka hourua arrived across the
a population of only 4.7 million people                                                        film industry that is gaining international
                                                 country over hundreds of years, and
(affectionately known as ‘Kiwis’).                                                             recognition.
                                                 Māori established themselves as the first
The country is made up of two major              inhabitants and caretakers of the land.       New Zealand is renowned for its
islands (the North and South Islands) and                                                      spectacular landscapes – from dramatic
                                                 Dutch explorer Abel Tasman was the first
a number of smaller islands, including                                                         mountain ranges and steaming volcanoes,
                                                 European to discover New Zealand, in 1642.
Stewart Island.                                                                                to sandy swimming beaches and wild and
                                                 English navigator James Cook mapped the
                                                                                               rugged coastline.
Approximately two thirds of the population       country in 1769–70. Later, sealers, whalers
lives in the North Island. Auckland has          and traders arrived and the following two     The South Island has some of the world’s
over 1.3 million people, followed by the         centuries saw waves of European settlement.   most picturesque scenery. Beaches,
capital city Wellington and Christchurch                                                       glaciers, lakes and fiords, and mountains
                                                 Today the country is diverse and
(which each have about 400,000).                                                               with world-class ski resorts are all easily
                                                 multicultural, enhanced by the growing
Dunedin’s population is around 120,000.                                                        accessible from your base in Dunedin.
                                                 number of people from the Pacific and Asia
Māori were the first inhabitants of New          who have made New Zealand their home
Zealand Aotearoa across Te Ika a Maui            in recent years.

3. Fiordland                                       4. Aoraki Mount Cook                            5. The Catlins
4.5 hours’ drive.                                  4 hours’ drive.                                 1.5 hours’ drive.
Fiordland is one of the most dramatic              Aoraki Mount Cook National Park                 The Catlins is an area of great
and beautiful parts of New Zealand                 is home to New Zealand’s highest                contrasts and natural beauty – from
and has three of New Zealand’s “Great              mountain and longest glacier. Visitors          magnificent coastal cliffs and long
Walks” – the Milford, Kepler and                   come here to hike, climb, cycle, paddle         sweeping beaches, to rainforests,
Routeburn Tracks.                                  among icebergs in glacial lakes, or sit         hidden waterfalls and rolling farmland.
                                                   and soak up the spectacular views.
                                                   Photograph by Fraser Gunn

INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTUS 2019 - University of Otago

Dunedin: New Zealand’s
student capital

Our 20,000 students make up                But that’s just the beginning.
one fifth of Dunedin’s population,         Dunedin is a small city between the
creating an energy and atmosphere          mountains, the harbour and the             Auckland
that you’ll only find at Otago.            sea – that means there’s heaps to do
                                           and it’s easy to get to. Experience
The town and the University
                                           the distinctive beauty of each
campus developed together, so
                                           of Dunedin’s four seasons. The
Dunedin is one of just a handful of
                                           temperate climate brings warm                           Wellington
places worldwide where education is
                                           summers and mild winters with
the main activity of the city.
                                           some frost and very occasional
Our campus and residential colleges        snowfalls. No other city in the
are located in the heart of town, and      country has the same range, quality
all of Dunedin’s cafés, music venues,      and accessibility of leisure activities.      Dunedin
designer boutiques and stores,             Ride the best waves in the world,
museums and galleries are never            take on mighty mountain biking
more than a short walk away.               tracks, paddle-board, kayak or sail
                                           on the harbour, or head to Central
When it comes to sport, Otago
                                           Otago for a weekend on New
takes on the best in the world. The
                                           Zealand’s top ski fields.
University’s facilities are state of the
art and New Zealand’s only covered         Imagine changing out of your
sports field, Forsyth Barr Stadium,        wetsuit then walking to the city
is right on your doorstep for top-         centre for lunch, or snowboarding
level rugby.                               all day and getting home in time to
                                           catch your favourite band. It’s just
                                           part of life in Dunedin.

City and campus                                                        “Coming from one of the most
Although Dunedin is surrounded by hills, most of the central city       densely populated cities in the world,
and north and south Dunedin is generally flat and easily accessible.    I found Dunedin to be a much
Unlike larger cities, you don’t need a car to get around in Dunedin.
It’s a 10-minute walk from the campus, residential colleges and
                                                                        calmer and more relaxed town.”
student flats into the centre of town, and there is a good public       Neha Dhavale (India)
transport system covering all of the main suburbs.                      STUDYING FOR A PhD IN ANATOMY

Explore the Dunedin region
       2                          1                                                                TAIAROA HEAD
                                                                                                   1 hour drive. The only mainland
                                                                                                   breeding colony of Royal Albatross in
                                                                                                   the world

                                                                                               1   FORSYTH BARR STADIUM
                                                                                                   10 minutes’ walk. New Zealand’s only
                                                                                                   covered sports arena

                                                                                               2   UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO
                                                                                                   Main campus, residential colleges and
                                                                                                   residential flats
                                                                                               3   THE OCTAGON
                                                                                                   15 minutes’ walk. City centre with
                                                                                                   cafés, bars, restaurants, shopping and

                                                                                                   MT CARGILL
                                                                                                   10 minutes’ drive. Great mountain biking
                                                                                                   and walking tracks

                                                                                                   OTAGO HARBOUR
                                                                                                   5 minutes’ drive. Enjoy a range of water
                                                                                                   sports and stunning views

                                                                                                   GOLF COURSE
                                                                                                   10 minutes’ drive. One of 12 golf courses
                                                                                                   in Dunedin

                                                                                                   ST CLAIR ESPLANADE
                                                                                                   10 minutes’ drive. Great surf spot with
                                                                                                   cafés and restaurants

                                                                                                   Wanaka and Queenstown
                                                                                                   3.5 hours’ drive. Best skiing in the
                                                                                                   Southern Hemisphere!

                                                                                                   Te Anau and Milford Sound
                                                                                                   4.5 hours’ drive. Stunning scenery and
                                                                                                   great walks.

 Life at Otago

Making a decision to study     Most study takes place at our campus in           recognised by Study International as one
                               Dunedin, a safe city that is easy to get          of the top four international universities to
overseas is a bold one – the
                               around and has a relatively inexpensive cost      provide a balance of academic excellence
University of Otago will       of living. The University also has campuses       alongside an unrivalled student experience.
support you to make the        in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and
                                                                                 For those who like to play for fun, the
most of your time here.        Invercargill.
                                                                                 University’s Clubs and Societies programme
                               Most of our international students choose to      offers over 150 short courses and activities,
                               live in one of our residential colleges while     from arts and crafts to dancing and cooking,
                               others prefer to stay in University-managed       languages and music.
                               flats. Whichever you choose, the support is
                                                                                 If you’re serious about sport, then Otago is
                               there to help you get the very best out of your
                                                                                 the best place to be. What other university
                               time at Otago.
                                                                                 hosts international cricket minutes from
                               A first-class education requires world-class      campus, and international rugby right
                               facilities and Otago is known for its state-of-   next door?
                               the-art lecture theatres, research labs and
                                                                                 Unipol Recreation Centre is a superb gym
                               libraries. There’s also unlimited wi-fi across
                                                                                 facility that offers everything you need free
                               campus and our computer labs are open 24/7.
                                                                                 of charge, including cardio and weights,
                               Otago’s International Office provides             sports halls, group fitness classes, social sport
                               specialist support for international students,    and outdoor adventures – whatever you need
                               welcoming you with a tailored orientation         to get your fix of the outdoors.
                               programme and providing ongoing help and
                                                                                 You won’t regret choosing the all-round
                               support throughout your time here.
                                                                                 experience that only Otago can offer.
                               Otago is globally recognised for its student
                               experience. We are rated the top university
                               in New Zealand for international experience
                               (International Student Barometer) and have been

“You work hard and you play
 hard. There are lots of organised
 community activities that are
 great for meeting people – I’ve
 met lots of Kiwis as well as lots of
 international students, and I really
 like how we are so different from
 each other.”
 Janet Leung


Student support
Our top-quality education and facilities are matched by our range of student support services, dedicated to helping you
get the very best out of your time at Otago.
Campus Watch                                     Computer services                               International Office
The Campus Watch teams are out and               Otago provides a range of IT services to        The International Office provides
about 24/7, offering assistance and advice       students: 24-hour wireless study spaces with    information, support and advice to future
around campus and North Dunedin                  printers and computers, student webmail         and current international students and
whenever it is required.                         and online Office 365, and a student desktop    to students wishing to study overseas                         that’s accessible anywhere. Our friendly        on exchange programmes. It runs on-
                                                 Student IT support team provide help,           campus orientation programmes for new
                                                 advice and training. Student IT offer free,     international students including a wide
                                                 short training sessions while ITS Training      variety of events to assist you in adjusting
Career Development Centre                        provides subsidised longer courses on all the   to life at Otago. It operates an international
The Career Development Centre runs               software you’ll require for your courses.       friendship network, offers a student visa
workshops, co-ordinates employer                                  renewal service, assistance with insurance,
presentations and career fairs, has a range                                                      and US Financial Aid. All enquiries from
of career information for students, and has                                                      prospective international students about
career advisers available for one-to-one                                                         application and admission should be
                                                 Disability Information and Support              directed to the International Office.
                                                 Office (DI&S)                         
                                                 DI&S provides learning support, advice,
                                                 advocacy and information to international
Chaplains                                        students with disabilities, impairments,        Libraries
                                                 medical conditions or injuries that may
The University chaplaincy team is                impact on their study. It is important that     The University of Otago Libraries offer
available to offer pastoral care and spiritual   you check in advance to ensure that the         an outstanding range of information
support to anyone who wants to talk in           University is able to meet your specific        services, quality resources, wi-fi and warm
confidence, whatever their beliefs.              requirements.                                   comfortable facilities suitable for individual
                                                                                                 or group learning. Whether you are                   
                                                                                                 studying on or off campus, enjoy access to a
                                                                                                 wide variety of print, electronic and audio-
                                                                                                 visual resources. Make the most of readily
Childcare                                        Graduate Research School                        available expert assistance with sourcing
The Otago University Childcare                   The Graduate Research School oversees           and evaluating library resources and
Association (OUCA) provides excellent            graduate research study at the University       developing your search skills from friendly,
early childhood education in high-standard       of Otago. A dedicated team of                   knowledgeable staff.
purpose-built facilities. The OUCA operates      administrators and advisers provide   
four childcare centres, including a bilingual    policy advice for doctoral and research
centre, for children from birth to five years.   masters’ degrees, and manage university
                                                 scholarships and prizes.

Recreation at Otago                                free, so if you need a bit of help, a mediator,   valuable learning experiences as well as a
                                                   or some friendly advice OUSA can help you.        chance to apply skills and knowledge you
Unipol Recreation Services and the                                                                   already have.
OUSA Clubs and Societies team provide              OUSA also owns Radio One 91FM,
a comprehensive programme to ensure                Dunedin’s finest independent radio station,
                                                   and student magazine The Critic.
students maintain a healthy, balanced and                                                            Student Learning Development
fun lifestyle while studying at Otago. With
many recreational opportunities on and                                                               Student Learning Development offers a
off campus there really is something for                                                             free service for enrolled students. Assistance
everyone!                                                                                            includes interactive workshops, individual
                                                   Student Health Services                           consultations with learning advisers, and
Unipol is a fantastic facility that includes       Student Health is centrally located on            peer learning and support programmes. The
weight training and cardio rooms, and              campus in a purpose-built facility. We            Peer Leadership Programme offers students
team sports areas where students and their         have approximately 55 staff, comprising           opportunities to develop leadership skills
friends can participate in casual sports such      nurses, general practitioners, counsellors,       through a range of workshops, activities and
as basketball, table tennis and more. Entry        psychiatrists and administrative staff.           online study resources.
is free with a current student ID card.
                                                   We endeavour to provide the best        
There are over 150 sporting, cultural,             health care possible in a manner that is
political and religious clubs and societies        competent, compassionate, confidential,
and they are all 100 per cent student-led.         timely and in an atmosphere of mutual             Work Ready Programme
The OUSA recreation programme offers               responsibility and respect.
activities including arts and craft, dance,                                                          The Work Ready Programme is free and
exercise, health and sport, music and              We provide daily urgent and routine               provides tertiary international students
singing, languages, food and beverage, and         appointments to all international students.       with the confidence, knowledge and
everything and anything in between.                Different consultation fees may apply             experience they require for a successful job
                                                   for international students and most               search in New Zealand. The programme
                                                   international students are not entitled to        facilitates a number of workshops, seminars
                                                   publicly-funded health services while in          and events that bring together students
                                                   New Zealand. Full details on entitlements         and local employers to ensure practical
Otago University Students’ Association             to publicly-funded health services are            experience in the job-seeking process and
(OUSA)                                             available through the Ministry of Health.         to increase each student’s local network.
                                                                                                     The programme is a joint initiative
OUSA membership is free for students     
                                                                             between Study Dunedin, the University of
and is an independent organisation that                                                              Otago and the Otago Polytechnic.
represents students’ interests within the
University, in the media, and with local and                                               
national government.                               UniCrew Volunteers
OUSA can help you with lost property,              At UniCrew Volunteers we support
tickets to gigs, answering your questions          students to lead social projects that address
and much more. The Student Support                 causes they care about, and we help
Centre offers a friendly and confidential          connect students with opportunities to
advisory service to help make your student         make positive changes in our community.
experience as trouble-free as possible. It’s all   Through volunteering you will gain


Leaving home is a big step, but when you come to the University of Otago there are plenty of choices to make that transition
easier, safe and fun!
Residential colleges
Otago is famous for its residential college
communities, which offer quality, safe and supervised
living. Our 15 colleges cater mostly for first-year
students and are all within walking distance of the
The unique collegiate life at Otago is an important
part of the experience for many students leaving
home for the first time – the community atmosphere,
the support and the opportunity to discover lifelong
friendships all help to make that first year away from
home not just easier, but also memorable.
All of our colleges are fully-catered, warm, student-
focused and secure. Professional, experienced college
leaders and staff take a real interest in the well-
being of their residents, and they are supported by
senior students who mentor and guide new students
through their first year of university. The colleges all
provide regular tutorials and study spaces, and work
hard to develop their residents as scholars and good
community members.
College life includes a full and exciting calendar of
cultural and sporting events throughout the year,
including intercollege competitions for summer and
winter sports, and cultural activities.
The colleges have a range of recreational facilities,
ranging from games and fitness areas to gyms or
cardio rooms.

Colleges at a glance
Otago offers a unique range of world-class collegiate communities,
                                                           Caroline Freeman

                                                                                                                                                                         Te Rangi Hiroa
                                                                                                                         St Margaret’s







Minutes walk (*free shuttle)    8        15*        3           5                6           4           3        12*       0            12*        0           3           5              3         0
Number of beds                  75       152       404      214                241         327          162       262    224             260       188        184        125              152       501
Music facilities
Student activities (sporting)
Student activities (cultural)
Inter-college activities
Fully catered
Special meals
Halal meals
Gym (*or close to Unipol)                                                                         *                              *
Laundry (included in fees)
Parking (*costs apply)               *         *                       *             *            *           *                                          *                         *            *         *
Linen (weekly)
Bicycle storage
Disabled facilities
Recreational facilities
(e.g. Sky, DVD, pool table)

Summer accommodation
Single sex areas
Under 18
Undergraduate/ postgraduate      P         U       U/P      U/P                  U           U           U        U/P       U            U/P        U           U           U             U/P        U
Study rooms

Note: Salmond College accepts students studying Foundation Year.


Other accommodation                            with partners and/or families, and for
                                               unaccompanied postgraduate students
                                                                                                  modified to meet the needs of students
                                                                                                  with physical disabilities and some secure
There are many accommodation                   wishing to reside in a self-catered flat with      properties are available for students who
                                               other postgraduate students. The flats are         use guide dogs.
options within walking distance                fully furnished and within easy walking
of campus, including flats, private            distance of campus.
                                                                                                  The Student Accommodation Centre
boarding and homestay. The                                                                        can help you with further details but it is
                                                                    important to register an interest during
Dunedin community welcomes                                                                        August and September if you require
students and many families enjoy                                                                  accommodation for the following year.
sharing their homes with students              Flatting
from around the world.                         After the first year of study, many students
                                               move into flats. Dunedin has a wide                How to apply
                                               range of rental accommodation – from               To apply for residential college or
Postgraduate                                   studio rooms to multi-unit, purpose-built          University Flats accommodation for the
Several of the residential colleges            complexes. The Student Accommodation               February intake, you need to submit an
provide accommodation for a number of          Centre can assist you to find rental               online application before 15 September.
postgraduate students. The University          accommodation and provide helpful hints            Applications received after this date
of Otago has New Zealand’s only                for flatting life.                                 will still be considered as places become
residential college – Abbey College –                                                             available. For the second semester it is
specifically for postgraduate students. This                                                      preferred that applications are received
accommodation is located within a few          Temporary accommodation                            before 1 June. There is no closing date for
minutes’ walk of all University facilities.                                                       applications from postgraduate students for
                                               We recommend that you book                         Abbey College.
Many senior students prefer to rent houses     temporary accommodation before you
or flats near shops or schools. Although       arrive in Dunedin. A list of temporary             Postgraduate and single-semester
there is some accommodation suitable for       accommodation can be found on our                  students will be sent information about
couples or families close to the campus,       website:                                           accommodation when they receive an
affordable accommodation is available in                                                          Academic Offer of Place to study at the
the suburbs, often only a short drive or bus                                                      University of Otago.
trip from the main campus.                                                                        International students may apply online
                                               Accommodation for people                           at for university-managed
                                               with disabilities                                  accommodation.
University-managed flats and houses
                                               The University of Otago is committed to            For further information about
Students who would like more                                                                      accommodation please contact:
                                               assisting students with disabilities. Our
independence can apply for a room in a
                                               residential colleges offer a range of facilities   Student Accommodation Centre
University-managed flat. This is also the                                               
                                               for students with disabilities, with several
best option for single semester students.                                               
                                               colleges particularly suitable for people who
Most of these flats have a New Zealand
                                               use wheelchairs or have limited mobility.
“Kiwi Host” student. A small number of
                                               A number of University flats have been
flats is available for postgraduate students

Living costs
The table below provides an estimate of living costs in NZ$ and is based on 2018 charging. The costs assume a single student on campus for
a period of forty weeks (one academic year). Actual accommodation costs will be supplied once you have been accepted for study at Otago.

                                                                         Residential college                         Shared flat
     Accommodation Fee                                                          $14,478                                     -

     Average rent (52 weeks @ $150)                                                 -                                   $7,800

     Food (40 weeks @ $80)                                                          -                                   $3,200

     Gas/electricity, internet (52 weeks)                                           -                                   $1,225

     Total for accommodation                                                    $14,478                                $12,225

     Personal costs (40 weeks @ $60)                                            $2,400                                  $2,400

     Entertainment (40 weeks @ $50)                                             $2,000                                  $2,000

     Medical and travel insurance                                                 $620                                   $620

     Total                                                                      $19,498                                $17,245

1.   Residential college contracts are normally for 38 weeks. Some colleges may charge a higher fee than the fee listed in the table.
2.   In addition to the accommodation fee, the residential colleges charge a small amenity fee.
3.   Food costs reflect the purchase of some lunches and takeaways. If all cooking is done in the flat they could be reduced.
4.   Personal costs vary considerably depending on lifestyle. The estimate represents a restrained style of living.
5.   This estimated budget does not include travel costs or any significant personal expenditure items.

Approximate cost of some common items ($NZD)

                       from                                                                                     from
                      $1.70                                       $19-$80                                   $3.50
                                                                   per month

                                                                                             from                                  $80-
                                             $3.50                                       $40                                       $120

                                                                                                                                        SKI PA

For more information see:


     An Otago degree

Worried about majors and minors and prerequisites
and corequisites? This section cuts through the
jargon to help you decide on a degree, and how to
structure it to suit your needs.


University Terminology 101
Bachelor’s degrees                               Minor subjects                                   Assessment
Your first degree is called a bachelor’s         It is possible to gain recognition for a         Papers are assessed in a variety of ways.
degree and the subject you choose to             minor subject within a BA, MusB, BPA,            Examinations (finals) are usually the most
specialise in is called your major.              BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc               important and most papers end with a
                                                 or BASc programme. To be recognised as           three-hour examination at the end of
A degree almost always includes subjects
                                                 having achieved a minor you are normally         each semester. Many subjects also have
other than your major, but the major
subject is generally studied in every            required to complete a minimum of 90             shorter tests during the year, and written
year of the course. This choice of major         points in that subject with at least 18 points   assignments and laboratory work often
subject determines which degree you are          at 300-level.                                    count towards your final grade.
actually taking. It is possible to gain formal   Your minor can be a subject more                 Postgraduate assessment can be by thesis,
recognition for a minor subject within some      commonly taken for a different degree; for       examination and/or internal assessment
programmes.                                      example, a BCom majoring in Marketing            depending on the specific course being
                                                 can include Japanese as a minor subject.         studied.

Postgraduate study
Postgraduate study is a more advanced            Workload                                         Semesters
level of study undertaken after completion                                                        The University operates two semesters per
                                                 To complete a degree you must accumulate
of a bachelor’s degree. These qualifications                                                      year. Some papers are completed in a single
                                                 a number of points, with a required number
include doctorates (PhD), masters’ degrees,                                                       semester (i.e. a half year, either first or
                                                 at higher levels. Most papers are single
honours degrees, postgraduate diplomas,                                                           second semester), while others run for the
                                                 semester papers and are worth 18 points. If
and postgraduate certificates.                                                                    whole year. Some single-semester papers
                                                 you pass, you get all the points. Your grade
                                                 shows how well you passed but does not           are offered in each semester, while others
                                                 affect the number of points you earn.            occur only once a year.
                                                 A full-time first-year course is generally
The building blocks of the degree are            54-72 points in any one semester or 108-
called papers. A paper is a fixed amount         144 points in any one year. Part-time study
                                                                                                  Summer School
of work in certain aspects of a subject at a     is taking fewer than 54 points in any one        The University offers a Summer School
particular level. The first papers you take      semester or 108 points in any one year. As       from early January to mid-February each
are called 100-level papers. You move on in      an approximate guide, you can expect to          year. This gives students the opportunity
subsequent years or semesters to 200-level       spend about 12 hours per week for each           to study one or two papers for credit over
and 300-level papers, and beyond if you          single-semester paper (18 points). These         a shorter teaching period and outside the
choose to undertake postgraduate study.          hours are made up of a combination of            standard semester timetable.
                                                 lectures, tutorials, laboratories, assignments
                                                 and reading.
Prerequisites and corequisites                                                                    International School
Most papers beyond 100-level have
                                                                                                  An International School programme is
prerequisites. If you have not completed         Teaching
                                                                                                  offered in June-July each year, giving
a prerequisite for a paper, you are not
                                                 The basic method of presenting subject           international students an opportunity to
normally permitted to enrol in that paper.
                                                 information at university is the lecture,        gain credits toward their degree.
Some papers have corequisites. If you have       although many departments use a variety
not already passed a corequisite, you must       of other approaches. Lectures normally
take it at the same time as your other paper.    last 50 minutes and are a basic means of
                                                 introducing new knowledge. You must back
                                                 them up with your own wide reading.              Distance Learning
Major subjects                                   You will have essays and assignments,            The University offers some papers and
                                                 and may take part in laboratories or             courses by distance study. Most distance
The subject you choose to specialise in is                                                        taught courses are postgraduate courses
called your major. A degree almost always        tutorials where more individual attention
                                                 is available. You may also find you are in       offered in subjects where the University
includes subjects other than your major,                                                          has specific expertise. However, there are
but the major subject is generally studied in    regular contact with tutors, other academic
                                                 staff and other students.                        some papers and courses for undergraduate
every year of the course up to 300-level.
Each degree has its own set of subjects,         Postgraduate study is more intensive than
                                                 undergraduate study and requires more            Please note that Immigration New Zealand
although a number of subjects can be taken
                                                 independent research.                            will not normally grant a student visa for
as a major for more than one degree. For
                                                                                                  study in New Zealand where the intended
example, Economics can be a major in a
                                                                                                  programme of study is wholly delivered by
BA, BSc, BASc or a BCom.
                                                                                                  distance mode.

     Arina Aizal
     Bachelor of Science (major:
    Anatomy, minor: Psychology)

                                   A childhood dream and the decision to follow in her father’s footsteps are the
                                   reasons Arina Aizal came to study at the University of Otago.
                                   “My family and I moved to Dunedin from Malaysia when my dad was
                                   studying for a Master of International Studies at Otago. My brothers and
                                   I went to school here.”
                                   Otago has been woven into Arina’s history and even as a child she knew that it
“Lecturers and                     was a special place.
teaching fellows                   “I knew from the start that I belong at Otago. Dunedin is home and the
                                   University has always been my first choice.”
are very accessible.               Whilst history is the reason that Arina is studying at Otago, she has found the
They make me feel                  teaching and learning facilities to be anything but historic.
like I can open up,                “The teaching methods at Otago are great, especially the podcasts and
ask questions and                  Blackboard online learning support. Otago supports twenty-first century
                                   teaching and its really helpful for students in this era.”
share ideas.”
                                   Arina also enjoys the relaxed and friendly culture at Otago.
                                   “The teaching environment is very helpful – lecturers and teaching fellows
                                   are very accessible. They make me feel like I can open up, ask questions and
                                   share ideas.”
                                   And being an international student has not been a barrier.
                                   “I do not feel odd being an international student here. I am very happy that
                                   Otago provides a Muslim prayer room and also a meditation room for other
                                   religions – this eliminates hindrance for us to practice our beliefs. There is also
                                   Halal food around the University and the city and that eases Muslim students.”
                                   Arina plans to finish her undergraduate degree and then continue with
                                   postgraduate studies in Anatomy at Otago.
                                   “Otago provides excellence; it combines fantastic educational support with a
                                   vibrant social life for international students.”


Your bachelor’s degree

Undergraduate programmes at Otago                     General degrees                             In Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Theology,
                                                                                                  Science and Commerce degrees, you can
can be divided into two main types:                   BAppSc       Bachelor of Applied Science    include papers from other degrees worth up
• general degrees                                     BA           Bachelor of Arts               to 90 points.

• specialised degrees.                                BASc         Bachelor of Arts and Science   The BASc degree requires at least 480
                                                                                                  points and requires two major subjects: one
                                                      BBiomedSc Bachelor of Biomedical 		         from those available for BA and one from
                                                                Sciences                          those available for BSc or BAppSc.
                                                      BCom         Bachelor of Commerce           The BPhEd degree requires at least 504
                                                      BHealSc      Bachelor of Health Sciences    points with a choice of four major subjects
                                                                                                  and scope for papers worth up to 126 points
                                                      MusB         Bachelor of Music              from other degrees.
                                                      BPA          Bachelor of Performing Arts

                                                      BPhEd        Bachelor of Physical
                                                                                                  Specialised degrees

                                                      BSc          Bachelor of Science
                                                                                                  The following qualifications are more
                                                                                                  specialised with restricted choices of
                                                      BTheol       Bachelor of Theology
                                                      Each of these degrees (except for BASc      BDS          Bachelor of Dental Surgery
                                                      and BPhEd) requires a minimum of
                                                                                                  BDentTech Bachelor of Dental
                                                      360 points. At least 180 of these must be
                                                      above 100-level and at least 72 must be
                                                      at 300-level in your major. There must      LLB          Bachelor of Laws
                                                      be a major subject in every degree other
                                                                                                  BMLSc        Bachelor of Medical
*There are likely to be significant changes for new
                                                      than the MusB, BPA and BTheol, which
                                                                                                               Laboratory Science
and returning students in 2019. We hope to have       means that you must satisfy the major
information on the anticipated new programmes         requirements for that subject.              MB ChB       Bachelor of Medicine and
in July 2018 and we will be holding regular update
sessions throughout 2018. The latest information                                                               Bachelor of Surgery
                                                      It is often possible to include two major
and FAQs can be found at
                                                      subjects in a degree programme (a “double   BOH          Bachelor of Oral Health             major”).
BPharm        Bachelor of Pharmacy

BPhty         Bachelor of Physiotherapy

BRT           Bachelor of Radiation Therapy

BSW           Bachelor of Social Work

BSurv         Bachelor of Surveying

BTchg         Bachelor of Teaching
              (endorsed in Early Childhood Education,
              Primary Bilingual Education and
              Primary Education)

The BDentTech, BOH, BRT and BTchg have selective entry at
first year. The rest of these degrees have selective entry to the
second year, and each has its own subjects, structure and admission
BDS       Bachelor of Dental Surgery

BMLSc     Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

MB ChB Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

BPharm Bachelor of Pharmacy

BPhty     Bachelor of Physiotherapy

These specialist degrees require a Health Sciences First Year.
Admission to the second year of each degree depends on the results
in the first-year course.

Double degrees and cross crediting
It is possible for students to take two degrees at the same time.
This doesn’t mean you double your workload. You can count some
papers twice, by studying them in one degree and cross crediting
them to the other degree as well. This means you can complete two
degrees in less time than if you had studied them separately.
Students can cross credit 126 points between two three-year
degrees, so that 594 points are required instead of 720 to complete
two three-year degrees such as a BA and a BSc. This takes between
four and five years, depending on how many papers are passed each
You may cross credit 180 points between a four-year degree and
a three-year degree (e.g. LLB and BSc, or BPhEd and BCom),
saving two years and completing both degrees in five years instead
of seven.
If you want to plan a double-degree course, seek advice from
a course adviser, schools’ liaison officer, or staff in the Student
Records Office of Student Administration.
Entry requirements for double-degree programmes are the same
as for the individual degrees involved. If one of the degrees has
restricted entry (e.g. LLB) then you still have to meet the entry
requirement for that degree if you are taking it together with a
general degree (e.g. LLB and BCom).
You do not have to enrol for a double-degree programme in your
first year. Many students take a mixture of papers from two degrees
in their first year (you are allowed to include some papers from
another degree in your primary degree). You can then decide at the
beginning of the second year whether or not to set up a double-
degree structure.


Postgraduate study
The decision to undertake postgraduate study is a bold declaration that you intend to be a serious participant in your field. The
University of Otago is New Zealand’s leading postgraduate research university and offers unparalleled access to world-class academics
in a full range of qualifications.

Research at Otago                              Doctor of Philosophy                              Postgraduate diplomas
Otago is a research-led university.            The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)          A postgraduate diploma provides a
Research students are its life-blood and       is a research-only qualification designed         specialist postgraduate qualification and a
are supported by many of this country’s        for students who intend to pursue an              pathway to research study, extending the
leading researchers across the Sciences,       academic or research career. The degree           knowledge gained in a bachelor’s degree.
Humanities, Business, Health Sciences,         is awarded on the basis of the submission         It offers students structured courses and
Medicine and Dentistry.                        of a thesis which should give evidence            guidance, as well as the opportunity to
                                               of the candidate’s ability to carry out           undertake some independent research.
Otago’s researchers continue to win an
                                               research, evidence that the candidate has         Students are able to focus on a preferred
ever-increasing number of research grants
                                               shown originality and independence, and           area of study and may begin to formalise
in what is a highly-competitive market for
                                               that the candidate has made a significant         future research plans.
research funding. Otago attracts more than
                                               contribution to knowledge in a particular
$170 million in external research funding
                                               field. A diligent and competent student
each year.
                                               is expected to complete the PhD in three          Postgraduate certificates
Otago has the highest proportion of            years of full-time study.
postgraduate research students of any                                                            A postgraduate certificate is generally
university in New Zealand – there are                                                            a six-month coursework qualification
                                                                                                 that recognises continuing professional
currently more than 1,400 doctoral             Masters’ degrees                                  development in the same area as the
candidates enrolled. PhD completion
numbers are at an all-time high and the        Masters’ degrees vary in nature at Otago,         candidate’s original degree.
completion rate – at between 80 to 90 per      but the majority allow for the development
cent – is internationally competitive.         of individual research. Working from a

The University recognises the importance
                                               strong background of study, candidates have       Diploma for Graduates
                                               the opportunity to contribute to existing
of the supervisor-student relationship.        specialist fields or to begin to develop new      The Diploma for Graduates is a
Supervisors induct and support graduate        areas of research. Masters’ degrees are           qualification open to graduates. Unlike
research students into the research culture,   typically research-only, but some can be a        a postgraduate diploma, which involves
backed by strong departmental facilities.      combination of research and coursework, or        400-level papers, the Diploma for Graduates
Regular workshops are held for students,       a mainly coursework programme.                    typically involves undergraduate papers
supervisors and postgraduate convenors.                                                          (that is, papers at 100-, 200- and 300-level).
                                               A master’s degree by thesis is a supervised
The staff expertise website highlights the     research degree. The one-year programme           The Diploma for Graduates comes in two
depth and breadth of specialised knowledge     consists of a thesis, which must be a             forms. In its flexible form, the diploma
at Otago and is a useful resource for those    substantial work and the outcome of               is intended for graduates who wish to
looking for a supervisor:                      independent research, scholarship and/            broaden their undergraduate background,                     or creative activity, conducted under             and any combination of subjects that
                                               supervision. The two-year programme               constitutes an academically feasible and
The University has recognised a number                                                           justifiable programme of study is permitted,
                                               comprises a year of coursework followed by
of areas of research strength as Research                                                        provided that the chosen combination
                                               a thesis year.
Themes and Research Centres. Many of                                                             includes enough points at 300-level.
these are multidisciplinary; they encourage    A master’s degree by coursework comprises
research across a range of academic fields     supervised coursework over a period of one        The endorsed form of the Diploma
and provide outstanding opportunities          to two years. This typically includes both        for Graduates identifies a subject of
for postgraduate students. Individual staff    taught papers and a research component.           specialisation and requires that papers
research expertise can be found on the                                                           be concentrated in that subject. Since
divisional and departmental pages of                                                             the endorsed Diploma for Graduates is
                                                                                                 approximately equivalent to a new major
the website:                                   Honours degrees                                   subject, it is often used as a bridge to
                                               Most three-year bachelors’ degrees at             postgraduate study.
                                               Otago have postgraduate honours degrees 
                                               allied to them. They involve further papers
POSTGRADUATE STUDY OPTIONS                     in the subject of the first degree and a
Otago offers more than 120 postgraduate        research report or dissertation. It is possible
programmes, from one-semester                  to undertake honours degrees in more than
postgraduate certificates to extended          one subject, or to take a combined honours
research degrees.                              degree involving a blend of papers from
                                               two subjects.


Junjing (Mike)
       Bachelor of Physiotherapy

                                   A visit to New Zealand in 2015 was the first step in bringing Mike
                                   Huang to study in New Zealand. Having worked as a paediatrician for 13
                                   years in China, the second step was his growing interest in the field
                                   of paediatric physiotherapy.
                                   When it came to choosing a university in New Zealand, Otago was his
                                   first choice.
“It is a modern,                   “The University of Otago has a very good reputation and high rankings
                                   in health sciences and physiotherapy so I decided to apply for the
learning-friendly                  physiotherapy course.”
place, with staff                  Mike is thoroughly enjoying his experience at Otago.
that are humorous,                 “It is exciting to study here. It is a great place with a long history and a
knowledgeable,                     beautiful campus. Students and staff are very nice. They are very friendly and
and always happy                   respect people from different cultural backgrounds, so it is easy to make new
                                   friends and you won’t feel lonely.”
to help students.”                 He has also had very good experiences with his “approachable and helpful”
                                   lecturers and tutors.
                                   “It is a modern, learning-friendly place, with staff that are humorous,
                                   knowledgeable, and always happy to help students.
                                   “It’s easy to make an appointment and meet them during work hours.
                                   They always help me out.”
                                   When asked what he believes are the ‘stand out’ features of living and
                                   studying at Otago he says there are many – “you can choose to be quiet
                                   and peaceful or you can be active and passionate.”
                                   Mike smiles when he describes campus life as “pretty colourful”.
                                   “There are a variety of clubs and societies to enrich your life.”
                                   His advice to students coming to study at Otago – “all you need to do is just be
                                   yourself and enjoy it!”



The world in which we live and      We are an Asia-Pacific leader in business      • Information Science: learn about
                                    education and research and hold dual             information and how it is used by people
conduct business is changing,       European Quality Improvement System              within organisations.
and it’s changing fast! The         (EQUIS) and Association to Advance
leaders of tomorrow, our future     Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
                                                                                   • International Business: study a
                                                                                     combination of business, language and
entrepreneurs, and those that       accreditation status, ensuring our
                                                                                     culture subjects giving you an excellent
help the wheels of commerce         qualifications are globally portable and
                                                                                     knowledge base to work internationally.
                                    internationally recognised.
turn, will face economic, social
                                                                                   • Management: become a strong
and environmental issues that,                                                       leader, and gain an understanding of
in many cases, we are only          UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES                            organisations and the employees within
just beginning to tackle. They                                                       them.
will also develop solutions to      The Otago Business School’s Bachelor of
                                    Commerce (BCom) is a three-year degree         • Marketing: learn how to effectively
currently unknown issues that       incorporating a “core” set of compulsory         market products and services with
humanity will face. The future is   papers that provide a general overview to        teaching based on the latest research.
exciting, and also challenging,     business education and complement your
                                                                                   • Philosophy, Politics and Economics
                                    selected major area/s of study, The BCom
                                                                                     (PPE): combine the analytical reasoning
                                    offers nine different majors:
                                                                                     of philosophers, the social insight of
                                    • Accounting: the art and science                politics, and the methodical rigour of
                                      of measuring, interpreting and                 economists.
                                      communicating financial information.
                                                                                   • Tourism: gain the insights and knowledge
                                    • Economics: teaching you how individuals,       you need to play a key role in the exciting
                                      governments, firms and nations make            global travel and tourism industry.
                                      decisions when allocating scarce resources
                                                                                   Your BCom can also include a minor
                                      to satisfy our unlimited wants.
                                                                                   in a different subject, or you are able to
                                    • Finance: managing money and capital          complete two majors. Some disciplines
                                      expenditures in the real world and           within the Business School, such as
                                      making practical financial decisions that    Information Science and Economics,
                                      can lead to loss or gain.                    are offered as a Business degree as well
                                    • Human Resource Management: gain              as Science or Humanities degrees. This
                                      the knowledge and skills necessary to        provides you with the flexibility to focus
                                      strategically manage the performance of      your studies in an area that best matches
                                      people in contemporary workplaces and        your long-term career aspirations.
                                      to work within the legal framework in
26                                    New Zealand.
Dual AACSB and EQUIS accreditation.
                          The Department of Accountancy and
           125            Finance is a CFA Programme Partner
                          (only 125 universities in the world
                          have this status).
                                                                                               Entrepreneurial competitions and
                                                                                               business creation support.

        The Business School hosts its
        own Bloomberg Financial Terminal.
                                                                                               Top-ranked MBA
                          The Department of Tourism hosts a
                          World Leisure Centre of Excellence.

                                                                               50+             Student exchange partner with 50+
                                                                                               business schools in over 30 countries.

POSTGRADUATE STUDY                             Qualifications                                    Facilities and support
Postgraduate study at the Otago Business       The Otago Business School offers                  The School hosts a Bloomberg Financial
School offers you the opportunity to           internationally accredited postgraduate           Terminal – providing up-to-the-minute
gain advanced qualifications in your           qualifications for business and non-business      financial data from around the globe. Our
chosen business field. You will have           graduates both in research and practical          Visiting Executive Programme (VEP)
access to research-informed teaching           applications. Our range of postgraduate           provides regular seminars presented by
and supervision by acknowledged                business qualifications – from honours            leading executives from organisations such
leaders in their fields, vital to ensuring     degrees, postgraduate diplomas and                as the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, New
your qualification will be acknowledged        coursework masters’, to research masters’         Zealand Trade and Enterprise, World
internationally as being of the highest        and PhDs – enable you to tailor your study        Vision, and other successful national and
quality. Postgraduate students enrolling in    options to suit your own specific educational     international companies and organisations.
a taught programme will also benefit from      or professional needs. Some qualifications
                                                                                                 Individual departments also frequently
small discussion-based classes.                require a background or undergraduate
                                                                                                 present seminars on a wide range of topics.
                                               degree in a particular discipline, whereas
                                                                                                 You are encouraged to attend, participate
Research excellence                            others don’t. We can assist you to specialise
                                                                                                 and develop interdisciplinary links,
                                               to a high level, undertake professional
The School has a host of internationally                                                         both within the School and with visiting
                                               development, or change careers.
recognised scholars who teach and research                                                       international colleagues.
in the areas of Accountancy, Economics,        Our flagship programme, the Otago MBA
                                                                                                 The Audacious competition and The
Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human               (offered on-campus or online) is consistently
                                                                                                 Distiller aim to help launch student-
Resource Management, Hospitality,              ranked by international review agencies
                                                                                                 run businesses. Audacious also provides
Information Science, International Business,   as being amongst the best, and our Doctor
                                                                                                 seminars, workshops and a business coach,
Management, Marketing and Tourism.             of Business Administration (DBA) offers
                                                                                                 and The Distiller is a space where you
                                               a combination of distance learning and
The School maintains its connection and                                                          can mix with likeminded students and
                                               on-campus workshops from the University
engagement with the real world of business                                                       entrepreneurs.
                                               of Otago and from Shanghai Jiao Tong
by continually delivering its research         University in China, For a full list of
findings to the national and international     qualifications, see pages 60-61 or visit
business communities.                          our website:        



The University of Otago is New            The University of Otago has an outstanding      selection is based upon the grades achieved
                                          history and reputation in the field of          in the HSFY programme and, in some
Zealand’s longest-established health
                                          Health Sciences, and in the 2017 QS World       cases, an aptitude test and an interview.
sciences research and teaching            Rankings placed 66th in the world for life
institution. It is the only New Zealand   sciences and medicine. It provides research-
                                                                                          Prior to commencing study at the
                                                                                          University of Otago, applicants are strongly
university to offer a degree in           based undergraduate, postgraduate and
                                                                                          advised to contact the International Office
Dentistry, and one of only two to         professional courses of international
                                                                                          for guidance regarding entry opportunities
offer degrees in Pharmacy, Medicine       standard in health and related sciences.
                                                                                          to the professional programmes. It is
and Physiotherapy.                                                                        important that students are familiar with
                                                                                          the regulations for these programmes
                                          UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES                           if wishing to compete for a place in one
                                          Whether you are planning to use your            or more of them. Regulations for these
                                          Health Sciences degree as a base for a          programmes can be found at
                                          professional career as a researcher or
                                          specialist, or a job related to the health
                                          science field, the University of Otago offers
                                          a range of courses to suit.                     The Health Sciences First Year programme
                                                                                          comprises seven compulsory papers:
                                          Professional programmes                         BIOC 192      Foundations of Biochemistry
                                          The Division of Health Sciences offers the      CELS 191      Cell and Molecular Biology
                                          following professional programmes:
                                                                                          CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of
                                          •   Medicine (MB ChB)                                    Biology and Human Health
                                          •   Dental Surgery (BDS)
                                          •   Medical Laboratory Science (BMLSc)          POPH 192      Population Health
                                          •   Pharmacy (BPharm)                           HUBS 191      Human Body Systems I
                                          •   Physiotherapy (BPhty)
                                                                                          HUBS 192      Human Body Systems II
                                          Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) is a
                                          foundation year for all five professional       PHSI 191      Biological Physics
                                          programmes, and it must be your first year
                                          of tertiary study. Entry into the second year
                                          of each of these degrees is competitive and

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