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Apply to enrol at the University of Otago

Tono – Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo

1 Choose your major subject from the list below

This may seem like a big commitment, but you can easily change it later.

2 You’ll be taken to a detailed subject page

On that page, you’ll see what qualifications are available for your subject.

Choose one of the bachelors’ degrees and hit ‘Apply’.

You might see some other qualifications listed, but if this will be your first university qualification, then a bachelor’s degree is probably the right choice. If you have any questions, contact AskOtago.

3 This will take you to eVision

eVision is your personalised application portal.

Follow the on-screen instructions to create your eVision account and complete your application.

If you already have a degree, you may be more interested in our postgraduate qualifications.
If you are an international student, your application process is different. Please see our international website.

List of major subjects

Subject Degree(s)
Accounting (ACCT) BAppSc* / BCom
Agricultural Innovation (AGRI) BAppSc / BASc
Anatomy (ANAT) BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Anthropology and Archaeology2 (ANTH) BA / BAppSc* / BASc
Applied Geology (APGE) BAppSc / BASc
Aquaculture and Fisheries (AQFI) BAppSc / BASc
Asian Studies (ASIA) BA / BASc
Biblical Studies (BIBS) BA / BASc / BSc
Biochemistry (BIOC) BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Botany (BTNY) BASc / BAppSc* / BSc
Chemistry (CHEM) BASc / BAppSc* / BSc
Chinese (CHIN) BA / BASc
Christian Thought and History (CHTH) BA / BASc / BTheol
Classics (CLAS) BA / BASc
Communication Studies (COMS) BA / BASc / BAppSc*
Community Health Care (CMHC) BHealSc
Computational Modelling (COMO; mathematics) BAppSc / BASc
Computer Science (COSC) BA / BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Consumer Food Science (CFSC) BAppSc / BASc
Data Science (DASC) BAppSc / BASc
Dental Technology (DTEC) BDentTech
Dentistry (DENTX) BDS
Drugs and Human Health (DRHH) BBiomedSc
Ecology (ECOL) BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Economics (ECON) BA / BAppSc* / BASc / BCom / BSc
Education (EDUC) BA / BASc
Electronics (ELEC) BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Energy Management (EMAN) BAppSc / BASc
Energy Science and Technology (EMAN) BASc / BSc
Engineering Intermediate3 BSc
English (ENGL) BA / BASc
English and Linguistics (ENLI) BA / BASc
Environmental Management (ENVM) BAppSc / BASc
European Studies (EURO) BA / BASc
Exercise and Sport Science (EXSS) BASc / BSc
Film and Media Studies (FIME) BA / BASc
Finance (FINC) BAppSc* / BCom
Food Science (FOSC) BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Forensic Analytical Science (FORS) BAppSc / BASc
French (FREN) BA / BASc
Functional Human Biology (FUHB) BBiomedSc
Gender Studies (GEND) BA / BASc
Genetics (GENE) BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Geographic Information Systems (GISS) BAppSc / BASc
Geography (GEOG) BA / BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Geology (GEOF) BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
German (GERM) BA / BASc
Global Studies (GLBL) BA
Health Sciences First Year (HSFY)
HSFY is the first-year programme for Dentistry, Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Physiotherapy.4
History (HIST) BA / BASc
Human Nutrition (HUNT) BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Human Resource Management (HURM) BAppSc* / BCom
Indigenous Development / He Kura Matanui (INDV) BA / BASc
Infection and Immunity (INIM) BBiomedSc
Information Science (INFO) BA / BAppSc* / BASc / BCom / BSc
International Business (INTB) BAppSc* / BCom
Japanese (JAPA) BA / BASc
Land Planning and Development (LDPD) BASc / BSc
Language and Linguistics (LALI) BA / BASc
Linguistics (LING) BA / BASc
Management (MANT) BAppSc* / BCom
Māori Health (MAOH; Maori Health) BHealSc
Māori Studies (MOAR; Maori Studies) BA / BAppSc* / BASc
Marketing Management (MART) BAppSc* / BCom
Mathematics (MATH) BA / BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Medical Laboratory Science (MELS) BMLSc
Medicine (MICN; the Otago medical degree) MB ChB
Microbiology (MICR) BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Molecular Basis of Health and Disease (MBHD) BBiomedSc
Molecular Biotechnology (MOBI) BAppSc / BASc
Music (MUSI) BA / BASc / MusB
Neuroscience (NEUR) BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Nutrition, Metabolism and Human Health (NMHH) BBiomedSc
Oceanography (OCEN) BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Oral Health (DEOH) BOH
Pacific and Global Health (PACH) BHealSc
Pacific Islands Studies (PACI) BA / BAppSc* / BASc
Performing Arts (PERF) BPA
Pharmacology (PHAL) BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Pharmacy (PHCY) BPharm
Philosophy (PHIL) BA / BASc
Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PHPE) BA / BAppSc* / BASc / BCom
Physical Education, Activity and Health (PEAH) BAppSc / BASc
Physics (PHSI) BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Physiology (PHSL) BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Physiotherapy (PHTY) BPhty
Plant Biotechnology (PLBI) BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Politics (POLS) BA / BAppSc* / BASc
Psychology (PSYC) BA / BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Public Health (PUBH) BHealSc
Radiation Therapy (RADT) BRT
Religion (RELS) BA / BASc
Reproduction, Genetics and Development (REGD) BBiomedSc
Social Work (SOWK) BSW
Sociology (SOCI) BA / BAppSc* / BASc
Software Engineering (SENG) BAppSc / BASc
Spanish (SPAN) BA / BASc
Sport and Exercise Nutrition (SPNU) BAppSc / BASc
Sport Development and Management (SPDM) BA / BASc / BSc
Sports Technology (SPTE) BAppSc / BASc
Statistics (STAT) BA / BAppSc* / BASc / BSc
Surveying (SURV) BSurv
Surveying Measurement (SURV) BASc / BSc
Teaching (EDUC) BTchg
Theatre Studies (THEA) BA / BASc
Theology (THEO) BA / BTheol
Tourism (TOUR) BAppSc* / BCom
Tourism, Languages and Cultures (TLC) BA / BASc
Zoology (ZOOL) BAppSc* / BASc / BSc

* For a BAppSc, it is only available as a second major subject.
2 Archaeology is a specialisation within the Anthropology major. If you wish to specialise in Archaeology, you will need to major in Anthropology.
3 You can take a first year at Otago to satisfy the Intermediate Year for the University of Canterbury’s Bachelor of Engineering. It is treated like a major subject for enrolment purposes.
4 Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) is treated like a major subject for enrolment purposes, however you cannot complete a three-year Bachelor of Science majoring in HSFY. Instead, after completing your first year, you can transfer to a different major subject for second year and beyond. For example, after HSFY, you might enter second-year Anatomy or Biochemistry or Medicine.


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