With over 140 subjects available to new students, one of the best things about Otago is our flexible degree structure.
For your bachelor’s degree, you’ll need to choose a major subject. This is what you’ll specialise in. With most degrees, you can optionally add a minor subject (which is like a mini specialisation), and a mix of papers from other subjects.
Love tourism, neuroscience, and geography? No problem! Politics, toxicology, and accounting? An unusual combination, but sure, go for it.
This page lists all the subjects you can take as part of a bachelor’s degree. When you select a subject below, you’ll be taken to a page with information about:
- Which qualifications are available for that subject
- Which papers are available for that subject
- Employability and career options
(If you already have a university degree, you may be more interested in our postgraduate subjects.)
List of major and minor subjects, and endorsements
1 Archaeology is a specialisation within the Anthropology major. If you wish to specialise in Archaeology, you need to major in Anthropology.
2 You can take a first year at Otago to satisfy the Intermediate Year for the University of Canterbury’s Bachelor of Engineering. It is treated like a major subject for enrolment purposes.
3 Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) is treated like a major subject for enrolment purposes, however you cannot complete a three-year Bachelor of Science majoring in HSFY. Instead, after completing your first year, you can transfer to a different major subject for second year and beyond. For example, after HSFY, you might enter second-year Anatomy or Biochemistry or Medicine.
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Please note the following:
- When searching on paper code - do not add a space between the letters and numbers of a paper code. ie "STAT110" not "STAT 110".
- When searching on keywords - matches in the paper title are ranked higher than matches in the prescriptions.
- You can find all papers from a particular subject and particular level by searching for MATH1, for example, which will return all 100-level MATH papers.
Every paper is identified by a subject code (e.g. RELS for Religious Studies) and a paper number. Until 2014, variants of those codes, ending with 'X', were used for distance learning papers (e.g. RELX for distance papers in Religious Studies), but a single code is now normally used for all papers in the same subject, whether they are offered as internal papers or as distance learning papers or as both (so RELS is the code for all Religious Studies papers regardless of teaching mode).