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Information for postgraduate applicants


The information on this page is for those applying for entry to the following programmes:

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Application dates

Applications for most postgraduate programmes close on 31 May.

Applications for masters' programmes close on 31 May.

NB: Applications for the Master of Dentistry (MDent) with an endorsement in Aesthetic Dentistry close 31 July.

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Supporting documentation

All applicants for postgraduate study at the Faculty of Dentistry must include the following supporting documents (where applicable):

  • Evidence of Serum Hepatitis B/C status (within the past 18 months)
  • Academic transcripts for previous degrees and diplomas
  • Curriculum vitae
  • English language proficiency test results (IELTS or other) (7.5 overall, or 7 in each of the individual bands)
  • Names and email addresses of your three referees, who you have asked to send referee reports directly to Dental Administration
  • A letter of good standing from a dental registering body with whom you hold current registration or a letter from the Dental Council of New Zealand confirming your current New Zealand registration

You are encouraged to make the supporting documents relevant to the course you are applying for.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I enroll at the University of Otago?

Please see the Guide to Enrolment at the University of Otago

I am an international graduate. What is the process for me?

Of particular interest may be:

What if I am a New Zealand Citizen?

If you are a New Zealand citizen, or resident visa holder of New Zealand (living and studying in New Zealand), or an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia (living and studying in New Zealand), you are classified as a domestic student. All other students are international students.

Information for prospective students at the University of Otago

Where can I find information about a particular discipline?

Please email the discipline head. Their names and contact details can be found via the following page:

Departments and units at the Faculty of Dentistry

Can I apply for a scholarship?

Please see scholarships at the University of Otago

How can I obtain dental registration in New Zealand?

Completion of postgraduate study does not automatically enable you work as a dentist in New Zealand. You must first complete the Dental Council of New Zealand's registration examinations. Please see the Dental Council website for more information:

I want to practise in New Zealand (DCNZ)

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Further information

For general enquiries:

Tel 64 3 479 8889
Fax 64 3 479 0673

Postal address

Faculty of Dentistry
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

Physical address

Faculty of Dentistry
310 Great King Street
North Dunedin
Dunedin 9016
New Zealand

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