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Examination Periods and Timetabling

Carrington College students

Examination Periods

The University of Otago has three examination periods each year.

The 2018 examination period dates are as follows:

  • Summer School: 17–22 February 2018 (inclusive)
  • Semester One: 6–20 June 2018 (inclusive)
  • Semester Two: 17 October–10 November 2018 (inclusive)

The 2019 examination period dates are as follows:

  • Summer School: 16-21 February 2019 (inclusive)
  • Semester One: 5-19 June 2019 (inclusive)
  • Semester Two: 16 October-9 November 2019 (inclusive)

Timetabling

Because of the flexibility of courses of study at Otago, examination timetabling cannot begin until after the last day to delete papers for that teaching period. Therefore, the anticipated dates for the release of examination timetable dates and times (published below) are:

  • Summer School - late January
  • Semester One - mid-late April
  • Semester Two - mid-late August

Once the examination timetable has been finalised, each student's examination information will be displayed in the Timetable section of their eVision portal.

As per the University of Otago Examination and Assessment Regulations, candidates are expected to sit their final examinations as scheduled. The main examination centre is Dunedin. In the case of Extramural or Distance Learning candidates, the examination centre is a University-nominated examination venue near their normal study location.

Changes to Final Examination Dates, Times, or Venues

Referred to as a Variation from the University's Examination and Assessment Regulations, changes to the date, time, and/or venue of a candidate’s examination(s) are granted only very rarely, only in exceptional circumstances clearly beyond the candidate’s control and known about in advance. Some established criteria are:

  • bereavement in immediate family;
  • wedding of a member of immediate family, or where the candidate has been invited to be a member of the bridal party;
  • serious illness / incapacity (candidate or immediate family);
  • posting of a member of the New Zealand Armed Forces or of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • competing or participating as a national representative
  • competing or officiating at an international competition recognised by a fully constituted international governing body
  • trialling, as a genuine contender, for selection as a national representative, as verified by a fully constituted national governing body
  • a candidate’s religious commitment prohibiting such activity on the date scheduled.

If you are travelling out of Dunedin at the end of the semester, ensure that you make your bookings for a date after the examination period, or wait until the examination timetable has been released.

Note: Booking flights too early, or before your timetable is known, are not grounds for applying for a Variation.

How to apply

If your circumstances fall into one of these categories, please email the Group Leader at examinations@otago.ac.nz by the deadlines below, outlining your situation, and attach documentation to verify the circumstances that prevent you from sitting your examination(s) as scheduled.

Deadlines

Applications for Variations must be received by:

  • Summer School papers - 1 February
  • Semester One papers - 1 May
  • Semester Two and Full Year papers - 1 September

Variations cannot be considered at short notice.

Please note that if your application for a Variation is approved, you will be responsible for any venue, supervision, and postage/ courier costs incurred as a result of the change in time, date, and/or venue.

If you have queries or concerns about examinations, come and talk to the staff at the Examinations Office. We will do our best to help you to resolve any problems.

Health Sciences Professional Programmes Special Examination Timetable 2018

Unlike the main examination periods, these details will not be available in your eVision portal. Please see here for more information about the Health Sciences Professional Programmes Special Examinations.

Paper Day and Date Time
DENT262A Monday 15 January 2018 09:30
DENT262C Thursday 18 January 2018 09:30
DENT262D Monday 22 January 2018 09:30
DENT361 Monday 15 January 2018 09:30
DENT364 Monday 15 January 2018 09:30
DENT461 Monday 15 January 2018 14:30
DENT551 Monday 15 January 2018 09:30
DEOH101 Monday 15 January 2018 09:30
DEOH202 Monday 15 January 2018 09:30
DEOH203 Tuesday 16 January 2018 09:30
DTEC103 Monday 15 January 2018 09:30
MELS251 Monday 22 January 2018 09:30
MICN501 OSCE Friday 19 January 2018 14:30
MICN501A Wednesday 17 January 2018 09:30
MICN501B Thursday 18 January 2018 09:30
MICN501C Tuesday 16 January 2018 09:30
PHCY219 Tuesday 30 January 2018 09:30
PHCY231 Wednesday 24 January 2018 09:30
PHCY251 Monday 22 January 2018 09:30
PHCY255 Friday 26 January 2018 09:30
PHCY256 Friday 26 January 2018 09:30
PHCY259 Wednesday 24 January 2018 09:30
PHCY263 Monday 22 January 2018 09:30
PHCY315 Wednesday 17 January 2018 09:30
PHCY340 Friday 19 January 2018 09:30
PHCY342 Thursday 25 January 2018 09:30
PHCY343 Tuesday 23 January 2018 09:30
PHCY345A Wednesday 24 January 2018 09:30
PHCY345B Friday 26 January 2018 09:30
PHCY346 Wednesday 31 January 2018 09:30
PHTY250 Tuesday 30 January 2018 09:30
PHTY251 Monday 22 January 2018 09:30
PHTY254 Monday 29 January 2018 09:30
PHTY255 Wednesday 31 January 2018 14:30
PHTY353 Wednesday 17 January 2018 09:30
PHTY354B Thursday 18 January 2018 09:30

Summer School Examination Timetable 2018

Paper Day and Date Time
BIOA201Wednesday 21 February 201809:30
BSNS111Saturday 17 February 201809:30
CHEM150Saturday 17 February 201809:30
CHEM191Monday 19 February 201809:30
CHTH217Saturday 17 February 201814:30
CHTH317Saturday 17 February 201814:30
CLAS240Tuesday 20 February 201809:30
COMP101Monday 19 February 201809:30
COMP111Monday 19 February 201814:30
COMP160Saturday 17 February 201814:30
COSC360Tuesday 20 February 201814:30
ECON112Tuesday 20 February 201809:30
ENGL127Wednesday 21 February 201809:30
ENGL223Monday 19 February 201809:30
ENGL323Monday 19 February 201809:30
FORB201Monday 19 February 201814:30
GLBL101Saturday 17 February 201814:30
HIST230Tuesday 20 February 201814:30
HIST333Tuesday 20 February 201814:30
JAPA131Monday 19 February 201814:30
LAWS429Wednesday 21 February 201809:30
LAWS472Wednesday 21 February 201809:30
LAWS475Monday 19 February 201809:30
LING103Monday 19 February 201809:30
MART205Tuesday 20 February 201814:30
MATH102Saturday 17 February 201809:30
MATH151Tuesday 20 February 201809:30
MATH160Saturday 17 February 201809:30
PHIL106Saturday 17 February 201809:30
PHSI191Monday 19 February 201809:30
RELS202Wednesday 21 February 201818:30
RELS230Saturday 17 February 201809:30
RELS330Saturday 17 February 201809:30
SPAN131Tuesday 20 February 201814:30
STAT110Saturday 17 February 201809:30

The Semester One Examination Timetable 2018

The Semester One Examination Timetable will be available mid-late April 2018

Semester Two Examination Timetable 2018

The Semester Two Examination Timetable will be available mid-late August 2018