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The University offers a variety of programmes and papers through Distance Learning. Instruction is given through a variety of means including web-conference sessions, the learning management system (Blackboard or Moodle), the Internet, and residential schools and workshops.

Subject areas available via distance learning

Follow the links to departmental and paper/programme information.

* There is a block course, workshop or other component  such as an exam or other assessment requiring you to be physically on-campus/on-site at some point during the course. Before applying for enrolment in these distance papers, please contact Student Experience for more information about the on-site activities.

Undergraduate and graduate subject areas




Computer Science

English and Linguistics

  • ENGL 127 Essentials of Writing
  • ENGL 128 Essentials of Communication
  • ENGL 251 Special Topic: Creative Writing for Games and Interactive Media
  • ENGL 354 Monsters and Monstrosity in Medieval Literature*
  • ENGL 469 Writing Revolutions: How Modernism Changed the World
  • ENGL 590 Research Dissertation
  • LING 140 Language, Brain, and Being Human

Human Nutrition

Materials Science and Technology

  • MATS 204 Treasure or Trash: Sustainability of Materials



Religious Studies

Social Work (third and fourth years only)

Not available to students studying outside New Zealand.


  • SURV 120 Surveying and Spatial Science *



Postgraduate subject areas


Addiction and Co-existing Disorders

Aviation Medicine, including Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport



  • BIOE 404 Medical Devices and Technology
  • BIOE 405 Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells

Business Administration

Business Studies

Chemical Hazards

Child Health

Computer Science

Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy

Continence Management

Data Science

Digital Health

Education (not initial teacher education)

Forensic Mental Health

General Practice

See also Primary Health Care, and Travel Medicine

Genomic Health and Medicine

Hazard Assessment and Management

  • HAZA 408 Radiation Hazards
  • HAZA 409 New Organisms: Risk Assessment and Management

Health Management

Please note that not all PUBH papers are available via Distance Learning, and the qualifications cannot be completed entirely online.

Higher Education

Human Nutrition

Human Sexuality and Health


Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies


  • MART 310 Current Issues in International Branding
  • MART 448 Advanced Business Analytics
  • MART 449 Creative Marketing for Behaviour Change, Sustainability and Social Good

Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Technology*

Mental Health

Musculoskeletal Management

Musculoskeletal Medicine



Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology

Occupational Health and Safety

Occupational Medicine (refer to 'Aviation Medicine')

Oral Health


Pain and Pain Management

Perinatal Mental Health


Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences


Primary Health Care

Public Health

Radiation Therapy


Religious Studies

Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice

Science Communication

Social Work

Sport and Exercise Medicine

Surgical Anatomy

Sustainable Business


Travel Medicine


The information on this page reflects subject areas and programmes available via distance learning for 2023. It is manually updated following the publication of the Distance Learning Prospectus each year. As such, there may be a brief period during which the information on this page is out of date while it is updated.

Distance Learning Prospectus

Further information can be found in the Distance Learning Prospectus.

Download the Distance Learning Prospectus

If you would like to search the full range of papers and subjects offered by the University (on-campus and by distance), use either of the following links. The Subjects and papers webpage can also be used to find more detail about any of the papers in the Distance Learning Prospectus.

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