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English and Linguistics programmes

A range of other programmes are associated with English and Linguistics.


Clear, accurate, and concise writing and speaking are skills that will set you apart from others in any profession you choose. English and Linguistics offers a comprehensive writing programme in which you may choose from academic, professional and creative writing papers.

The Health Sciences First Year Diagnostic Test

The Health Sciences First Year Diagnostic Test is designed to identify students who will benefit from added instruction in spoken and written communication skills in order to progress through the demanding Health Sciences professional programmes.

The test reflects what is considered the minimum expectations for reading, writing, and/or comprehension skills at a university level according to the standards set by Health Sciences and the English and Linguistics Programme at the University of Otago.

It is not designed as a gatekeeping exercise to keep people out of the programme. Rather, it is designed to identify a potential need for help early on.