Master's thesis scholarships
Applications for masters' thesis scholarships are made online through the eVision portal and can be made at any time of the year.
Once you have applied for admission to your programme you will receive an alert in your student portal inviting you to apply for a scholarship.
Find out more about scholarships here.
Students need to enrol every year while undertaking a master's degree.
Change of thesis details
The University’s Graduate Research Office requires the following changes to be recorded via a hard copy form:
- Change of Topic
- Change of Supervisory arrangements
- Change to Full-time/Part-time status
- Change of supervising department or subject code
- Off campus study approval
Applying for a Period of Deferral
Students are required to be continuously enrolled until submission of their thesis. Circumstances, however, may make it necessary for a student to withdraw from Master’s study for a period of time. Through student’s eVision portal, an application can be made for a deferral, which will include information regarding the reason for a deferral, and a specific start and end date for the period of temporary withdrawal. The deferral can be from one month – and note it must be from the first day of a month to a last day of a month), up to a maximum set by the department. During the period of withdrawal the thesis clock is stopped, any scholarships payments cease, and the deadline for submission of the thesis is extended accordingly. Also, the candidate has no right to any services or support, including supervision, from the University during the period of withdrawal.
To apply for a deferral:
- Go into your eVision portal
- Go to My research
- Click on See more
- Click on Deferral request
- Complete the details
Then an email should come through to your course administrator who will print out the form and get it signed off.
Any decision to withdraw permanently from a master's programme should be made only after careful consideration of all the factors involved, and after discussion with appropriate parties, including the Head of Department. Students can apply for permanent withdrawal through their eVision portal. The regulations of some Master's degrees make provision, in the case of withdrawal, for papers already passed to be credited towards a Postgraduate Diploma or a Diploma for Graduates. Students should consult their Head of Department in the first instance.
Writing the thesis
- Master's Handbook - includes thesis guidelines
- Biostatistics consultancy for Christchurch candidates
- Student perceptions on supervision (PDF 1MB)
- Thesis style guide [PDF 447KB] and template for the title page [DOCX 12KB]
- Thesis Guidelines - The University of Otago Library has information on thesis organisation, copyright obligations and depositing an electronic thesis
- Recommended books for research students
- Information on Peer Support
- Guidelines for the Inclusion of Material from a Research Candidate's Publications in their Thesis
Submission and examination process
A summary of the submission process can be found here and the examination process, here. A plagiarism check is required before submission and has to be confirmed on the thesis submission form. See Plagiarism
- Binding Information for Christchurch students
- Softbound declaration form - to be submitted with the three softbound copies of your thesis
- Author declaration form - to be submitted with the electronic copy
- Find out how to upload your e-thesis
If you have any problems please call Ask Otago.
Freephone 0800 80 80 98 (inside New Zealand)
Students apply for a place in a graduation ceremony via your eVision student portal, which can only be done when applications are open. Please refer to otago.ac.nz/study/graduation for further information.