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Special consideration in final examinations in the Division of Health Sciences

Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) students: Please apply for special consideration through the Examinations and Results page in your eVision portal.

Overview

Depending on programme-specific requirements, you may be eligible for special consideration in final examinations if you have been prevented from sitting a final exam or your performance was seriously impaired due to:

  • Illness, or
  • Exceptional circumstances beyond your control, or
  • In limited cases (finalists/postgraduates), genuine error in preventable circumstances

Typical circumstances covered by special consideration include:

  • Severe medical condition due illness or accident (supported by medical evidence or hospitalisation)
  • Bereavement of a significant other
  • Serious psychological impairment (certified by a counsellor or doctor)

Please consult with the relevant programme contact listed below for specific information and criteria relevant to your individual qualification and circumstances.

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Programmes affected

Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) students: Please apply for special consideration through the Examinations and Results page in your eVision portal.

The special consideration information on this webpage applies to students in the following academic programmes:

  • Health Sciences undergraduate professional programmes:
    • Dental Technology
    • Dentistry
    • Medical Laboratory Science
    • Medicine
    • Oral Health
    • Pharmacy
    • Physiotherapy
    • Radiation Therapy
  • All postgraduate programmes in the Division of Health Sciences, including all qualifications offered through the following suites:
    • Dentistry
    • Health Sciences
    • Medicine
    • Pharmacy
    • Physiotherapy

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Timing

Candidates generally must apply within five calendar days of the last examination for which they are seeking special consideration.

Please consult with the relevant programme contact listed below for specific requirements and deadlines relevant to your circumstances.

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Eligibility

Candidate eligibility depends on the specific qualification and circumstances involved.

Please consult with the relevant programme contact listed below in the first instance for further information about your eligibility for special consideration, exceptional circumstances, or alternative arrangements in final exams.

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Application process

Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) students: Please apply for special consideration through the Examinations and Results page in your eVision portal.

Other Health Sciences students: Do not apply through eVision. Applying through eVision may cause delays and jeopardise your application.

Applications for special consideration in Health Sciences postgraduate and professional programmes (as detailed above) are managed by the relevant school, faculty, department, or programme involved.

Please consult with the relevant programme contact listed below for further information about the application process and to obtain the necessary application form(s) (where not provided below).

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Programme contacts

To apply for special consideration—or to obtain further information about your eligibility, the application process, or to obtain an application form—please contact:

 

Dentistry (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Including BDentTech and BOH

Dental School Administration
Tel 64 3 479 7037
Email dental.admin@otago.ac.nz

Special Consideration for Dentistry (PDF 50 KB)
Health Declaration Form for Dentistry (PDF 60 KB)

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Medical Laboratory Science (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Justine Foster
Administrator
Medical Laboratory Science
Tel 64 3 479 7151
Email admin.mels@otago.ac.nz

Special consideration for Health Sciences postgraduate: Application form (PDF 230 KB) (postgraduate only)

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Medicine (undergraduate / MB ChB)

Postgraduate Medicine students: See Medicine and Health Sciences postgraduate

Applications for undergraduate MB ChB students wanting to apply for special consideration/alternative arrangements in final examinations must be made via Student Affairs/Undergraduate Education offices.

Dunedin

Student Affairs Office
First Floor, Dunedin Hospital
Tel 64 3 470 3886
Email dsm-studentaffairs@otago.ac.nz

Christchurch

Undergraduate Education
Christchurch School of Medicine
Tel 64 3 364 3664
Email ruth.helms@otago.ac.nz

Wellington

Student Affairs
School of Medicine and Health Sciences Building
Tel 64 4 385 5576
Email studentaffairs.wsmhs@otago.ac.nz

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Pharmacy (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Vicky McLeod
Administrative Secretary
National School of Pharmacy
Tel 64 3 479 5129
Email pharmacy.secretary@otago.ac.nz

Special Consideration for Pharmacy (PDF 50 KB)
Health Declaration Form for Pharmacy (PDF 260 KB)

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Physiotherapy (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Trish Didham
Operations Manager
School of Physiotherapy
Tel 64 3 479 5132
Email trish.didham@otago.ac.nz

Special Consideration for Physiotherapy (PDF 280 KB)

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Radiation Therapy (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Lisa Reynolds
Administration Manager
Department of Radiation Therapy
Tel 64 4 385 5373
Email lisa.reynolds@otago.ac.nz

Special consideration for Radiation Therapy undergraduate (PDF 470 KB) (undergraduate only)
Special consideration for Health Sciences postgraduate: Application form (PDF 230 KB) (postgraduate only)

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Medicine and Health Sciences postgraduate

This section applies to all Medicine and Health Sciences postgraduate qualifications listed on the University of Otago's Qualifications page:

Special consideration for Medicine and Health Sciences postgraduate: Application form (PDF 220 KB) (Interim, April 2016)
University Health Declaration for Special Consideration Applications (PDF 240 KB)

Please review the information above and use the forms provided. For further information, please contact the programme administrator for your qualification. If you do not know your programme administrator, please contact:

For Medicine postgraduate programmes

Jacqui Bradshaw
Faculty of Medicine Administration
Tel 64 3 479 7454
Email jacqui.bradshaw@otago.ac.nz

For Health Sciences postgraduate programmes

K.C. Worden
Postgraduate Advisor
Health Sciences Divisional Office
Tel 64 3 479 7421
Email postgrad-health-sciences@otago.ac.nz

For University of Otago, Christchurch

Ruth Helms
Manager, Academic Programmes
Tel 64 3 364 0527
Email ruth.helms@otago.ac.nz

For University of Otago, Wellington

Trevor Williams
Postgraduate Liaison
Tel 64 4 385 5543
Email trevor.williams@otago.ac.nz

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Health declaration

If your application needs to be supported by a health declaration and there is not a programme-specific health declaration form, you may be able to use the below generic University Health Declaration for Special Consideration Applications.

Please confirm acceptability of this form with the programme contact listed above.

University Health Declaration for Special Consideration Applications (PDF 240 KB)

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