Postgraduate Admission Process
Applying for admission to a postgraduate programmes at the University of Otago College of Education is generally a two-step process:
- applying online for admission to a programme
- registering with the University of Otago.
Prior to making an application, students may wish to seek advice from the member of the staff identified as the contact person for that programme.
For Prospective PGCertTchg, PGDipTchg, PGDipArts, MTchg, and MEd Students
Applying for Admission
As part of your application, you may be asked to supply a covering letter, outlining your proposed programme of study (including an indication of the papers you are considering and your area of research interest), and verified/witnessed copies of your previous tertiary study.
When your application has been assessed you will be notified of the outcome.
When your registration has been processed, a course approval form will be mailed to you. This must be checked and signed by the student and by designated Course Advisers during the course advising period in February/July and returned to the University. Until you have received a Course Adviser’s signature, you are not formally enrolled in a paper or programme.
Course advising is a very important time, as it gives students the opportunity to discuss their programme with an accredited Course Adviser. It should be noted that all staff may give advice; however, only accredited Course Advisers may sign a student’s course approval form. During the formal course advising/approval period, timetables will be displayed on departmental noticeboards so students know who to see, where, and the times advisors are available.
Distance students should consult the College of Education’s Distance Teaching Co-ordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org), and return their signed Course Approval forms to her for signatures. If there are issues that need discussed a course advisor will make contact with you.
For MA Students
You are required to provide an academic transcript and information about your proposed topic at this stage also. If you are studying by thesis only, you can apply at any time. If you are studying papers as well, you need to apply by December 10.
Once your application has been assessed, a process which includes consideration of whether or not we can provide appropriate supervision, you will be notified of the outcome.
For EdD Students
Prospective EdD students need to complete and submit the EdD online application by 31 October. You are required to provide a CV, academic transcript and information about your proposed topic at this stage also.
EdD applications are not assessed until after applications close on 31 October.
For PhD Students
Students who wish to complete their PhD through the University of Otago need to gain the support of an academic department prior to making a formal application. Students wishing to study through the College of Education need to send copies of their CV, academic transcripts and a two-page proposal to the Postgraduate and Distance Coordinator (email@example.com).
This information application will then be assessed, a process which includes consideration of whether or not we can provide appropriate supervision, and then you will be notified of the outcome.
If we decide we can support your application, you need to formally apply for admission to the PhD programme.
You need to fill in relevant sections of the application form and then return it to the Postgraduate and Distance Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will arrange for the other sections to be completed. University registration is completed as part of this application form. Scholarships can also be applied for as part of this application process.