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Undergraduate Study

Our graduates are highly sought after due to their versatility, breadth of knowledge and ability to put theory and experience into practice. An Otago BPhEd opens doors to excellent career opportunities and an unparalleled national and international alumni network.

At Otago you learn to become a leader in your field.

The School offers a comprehensive and flexible degree with Majors and specialisations that span the fields of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Physical Activity and Health as well as Physical Education. World class professors offer a cutting-edge academic programme supported by internationally benchmarked facilities.

Otago students have a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of our global student exchange/study abroad programme.

We accept applications for entry into the programmes offered by the School throughout the year.

Please see Enrolling at Otago for the process.

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Admissions Information for 2017

I have heard that there are changes to the University of Otago’s Bachelor of Physical Education - is it going to be a 3-year degree?

Yes, there will be changes to the current degree to strengthen and improve it in response to the emerging needs of our students and the sector. These changes are going through an internal University process, and will then be subject to a national consultation process. The outcome will not be known until mid-2017. However, in the meantime, the 4-year BPhEd will still be offered, and students will be able to transfer into the other degrees should they wish to.

If a student is enrolling in the 4-year BPhEd in 2017, are they able to transfer to the 3-year degree?

Yes, those students enrolling in a four-year degree will be eligible to transfer to a three-year degree (subject to the government approving the new three-year degrees in mid-2017).

What is the entrance criteria?

The entrance criteria is University Entrance, refer to Otago website for more detail