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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.

Already have an eVision account? Resume 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 / endorsement subjects

Accounting (ACCT)
Agricultural Innovation (AGRI)
Anatomy (ANAT)
Anthropology (ANTH)
Applied Geology (APGE)
Aquaculture and Fisheries (AQFI)
Archaeology1 (ARCH; anthropology)
Asian Studies (ASIA)
Biblical Studies (BIBS)
Biochemistry (BIOC)
Botany (BTNY)
Chemistry (CHEM)
Chinese (CHIN)
Christian Thought and History (CHTH)
Classics (CLAS)
Communication Studies (COMS)
Community Health Care (CMHC)
Composition (CPSN; music)
Computational Modelling (COMO; mathematics; engineering)
Computer Science (COSC; engineering)
Consumer Food Science (CFSC)
Data Science (DASC)
Dental Technology (DTEC)
Dentistry (DENTX)
Drugs and Human Health (DRHH)
Early Childhood Education (ECED; teaching)
Ecology (ECOL)
Economics (ECON)
Education (EDUC)
Energy Management (EMAN; engineering)
Energy Science and Technology (EMAN; engineering)
Engineering Intermediate2
English (ENGL)
Entrepreneurship (ENTR)
English and Linguistics (ENLI)
Environmental Management (ENVM)
European Studies (EURO)
Exercise and Sport Science (EXSS)
Film and Media Studies (FIME)
Finance (FINC)
Food Science (FOSC)
Forensic Analytical Science (FORS)
French (FREN)
Functional Human Biology (FUHB)
Gender Studies (GEND)
Genetics (GENE)
Geographic Information Systems (GISS; engineering)
Geography (GEOG)
Geology (GEOL; engineering)
German (GERM)
Global Studies (GLBL)
Health Sciences First Year (HSFY)
HSFY is the first-year programme for Dentistry, Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Physiotherapy.3
History (HIST)
Human Nutrition (HUNT)
Human Resource Management (HURM)
Indigenous Studies (INDS)
Infection and Immunity (INIM)
Information Science (INFO)
International Business (INTB)
Japanese (JAPA)
Land Planning and Development (LDPD)
Language and Linguistics (LALI)
Law (LAWS)
Linguistics (LING)
Management (MANT)
Māori Health (MAOH; Maori Health)
Māori Studies (MOAR; Maori Studies)
Marine Science (MARI)
Marketing (MART)
Mathematics (MATH)
Medical Laboratory Science (MELS)
Medicine (MICN; the Otago medical degree)
Microbiology (MICR)
Molecular Basis of Health and Disease (MBHD)
Molecular Biotechnology (MOBI)
Music (MUSI)
Neuroscience (NEUR)
Nutrition and Metabolism in Human Health (NMHH)
Oceanography (OCEN; engineering)
Oral Health (DEOH)
Pacific and Global Health (PACH)
Pacific Islands Studies (PACI)
Pastoral Studies (PAST; theology)
Performance (Music) (PERF; music)
Performing Arts (PERF)
Pharmaceutical Science (PSCI)
Pharmacology (PHAL)
Pharmacy (PHCY)
Philosophy (PHIL)
Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PHPE)
Physical Education, Activity and Health (PEAH)
Physics (PHSI; engineering)
Physiology (PHSL)
Physiotherapy (PHTY)
Plant Biotechnology (PLBI)
Politics (POLS)
Primary Bicultural Education (Te Pōkai Mātauranga o te Ao Rua) (PRBE; teaching)
Primary Education (PRED; teaching)
Psychology (PSYC)
Public Health (PUBH)
Radiation Therapy (RADT)
Religious Studies (RELS)
Reproduction, Genetics and Development (REGD)
Secondary Education (SEED; teaching)
Social Work (SOWK)
Sociology (SOCI)
Software Engineering (SENG)
Spanish (SPAN)
Sport and Exercise Nutrition (SPNU)
Sport Development and Management (SPDM)
Sports Technology (SPTE)
Statistics (STAT)
Studio Production (STPR; music)
Surveying (SURV; engineering)
Surveying Measurement (SURV)
Teaching (EDUC)
Theatre Studies (THEA)
Theology (THEO)
Tourism (TOUR)
Tourism, Languages and Cultures (TLC)
Zoology (ZOOL)

1 Archaeology is a specialisation within the Anthropology major. If you wish to specialise in Archaeology, you will need to major in Anthropology.
2 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.
3 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.


Visit the AskOtago Service Portal. We can help with any questions about application and enrolment, or anything else you want to know about the University.