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Studying Geology at the University of Otago

Why study Geology at Otago?

Visit the pages below to find out some of the great reasons to study geology, and why Otago is the best place to do it.

You can start your Otago Geology degree in semester 2 with:
GEOL112 Dynamic Earth: A New Zealand Perspective
Then complete 100- and 200-level geology papers in semester 1 of the following year.


Video: the Otago Geology Degree

Video: Earth and Ocean Science

Video: Field Studies and New Zealand Geology

Postgraduate opportunities

Schedule and list of Geology papers

We offer a variety of undergraduate and post-graduate papers in earth science.

Application information for prospective students

Find out how to apply. Instructions are provided for NZ post-grad and undergrad and international post-grad and undergrad course.


A variety of qualifications are available through the geology department.

Field schools

Fieldwork is an integral component of many papers in our department.

Scholarships and prizes

Most of our PhD students and many of our MSc students are supported by scholarships. We also offer a variety of prizes for undergraduate and post-graduate students.