Established as New Zealand's first university in 1869, today the University of Otago is ranked 175th in the world by QS World University Rankings (2018).
Otago achieves academic excellence through research-led teaching. Otago academics are not only engaged, accessible and award-winning teachers, they are also active, world-class researchers. Otago offers a broad range of postgraduate degrees, including both coursework and research options. This diversity ensures further study options for recent graduates, experienced executives, people wishing to retrain, and those seeking an academic or research career.
Otago’s commitment to academic excellence is enhanced by a combination of unique factors about the surrounding environment, student culture and atmosphere – and this is what really makes Otago stand out.
The vast majority of Otago students are from outside of the city of Dunedin and that independent living is reflected in a confidence and independence in their academic endeavours. Many Otago students also live in close proximity to each other and campus, resulting in a tight-knit student community of like-minds and kindred spirits.
The University's location is also perfect for weekends spent exploring the extraordinary scenery and outdoor adventures that the South Island of New Zealand is world famous for.
Location: Dunedin, New Zealand.
Student population: Approx. 20,000, including 2,800 international students from 100 countries.
The University of Otago is one of New Zealand’s most research intensive universities and the country’s leading postgraduate research university.
At Otago, postgraduate students are supervised by academic staff members who are not only at the cutting edge of research in their respective disciplines but are engaged and accessible.
Otago offers coursework Master’s degrees in a wide range of disciplines across Science, Business and the Humanities. Coursework Master’s degrees at Otago are comprised of a number of advanced taught papers/courses and a research project/mini-thesis where independent research is carried out under supervision from an academic staff member.
Otago has strong research Master’s and PhD programmes where students make a significant contribution to knowledge in their chosen field through the completion of a research thesis. Applications to research degrees relies on confirmation from an academic staff member that they will provide research supervision.
Entry requirements for post graduate studies vary by course with most requiring a minimum bachelor-level qualification in the same field, and some having additional requirements such as relevant work experience and/or professional registration in New Zealand.
All courses at the University of Otago are taught and examined in English. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of a satisfactory level of English language proficiency. If your English proficiency does not yet meet the required standard you may take pre-sessional courses in English at the University of Otago Language Centre (OULC).