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Study Physical Education at Otago

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The University of Otago is the only university in New Zealand to offer study in Physical Education at Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral levels.

If you decide to undertake a Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd) degree you must take a fixed 100-level course.

At 200-level and beyond it is possible to major in one of four areas of Physical Education: Exercise and Sport Science, Physical Activity and Health, Professional Studies, or Sport and Leisure Studies.

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Contact details

School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences


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See the qualification pages below for the programme requirements.


See the full list of Physical Education (PHSE) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Outdoor Education (PGDipOE)


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Postgraduate Diploma in Physical Education (PGDipPE)


    Approved papers worth at least 120 points including:

  • PHSE 581 Research Project, PHSE 591 Research Design and Analysis or an approved 500-level research methods course

  • 60 approved points at 500-level, at least 40 points of which must be from PHSE papers

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