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Enrolment process

The OBGY papers offered run 42 weeks of the year, with no set closing time. You can only enrol for one calendar year at a time, so if your course straddles two years, you will need to enrol twice.

Check the diploma and certificate dates when enrolling as it is important to get the semester dates right.

Step 1: Programme choice

You will be asked to pick your programme first. The choices will be between the PGDipOMG and the PGCertPMG.

Complete all the information requested.

Step 2: Acceptance of offer

You will be sent an offer which you need to accept before a course approval form can be generated. You must also then choose your papers (i.e. your course of study for the year).

If you require assistance with planning your course of study, please contact the Distance Learning Coordinator:


Step 3: Course approval

This is now done online, via your eVision portal. Please note that once this is complete, the final step in getting access to resources is completing a declaration which is not available until 1 January of each calendar year.

Adding or deleting papers

Adding, deleting, or withdrawing from papers (including in exceptional circumstances) has implications for your fees, StudyLink loans and allowances, and academic record. Making these changes may also affect the immigration status of international students.

Step 1: Contact Admissions and Enrolments

In the first instance you need to contact Admissions and Enrolments directly to request a Change of Course form. Email

Step 2: Complete and submit your Change of Course form

Withdrawal under exceptional circumstances

In the case of withdrawals in exceptional circumstances that occur after the normal deadlines for deletions, and before those for ordinary withdrawals, refunds of up to 50% of tuition fees may be permitted. Such papers will be listed on your academic record with 'Withdrawn Exceptional' noted beside them.

If you wish to submit an application for withdrawal from a paper under exceptional circumstances, you should first check whether you meet the criteria:

  • Illness or accident
  • Delays beyond your control in receiving information relevant to your enrolment (e.g. concerning funding from your employer)
  • Sporting/cultural commitments. You must be representing New Zealand, or trialling for New Zealand representation
  • Service in the New Zealand Armed Forces
  • Bereavement
  • Other special circumstances beyond your control

If you meet the criteria, you should complete the steps below:

  1. Complete a Change of Course form (where possible)
  2. Put in writing your request for consideration of a withdrawal in exceptional circumstances, and submit it to the University Information Centre (or post to The Manager, Admissions and Enrolment, PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054)
  3. Provide original (or appropriately witnessed) copies of any independent evidence verifying the circumstances outlined

Crediting a paper

The University of Otago regulations state that a candidate, with the approval of the Dean of Otago Medical School, may substitute up to 24 points from the University of Auckland's Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology programme.

If you wish to cross-credit a University of Auckland paper, you will need to complete an Application for Credit form. This form and other information about transferring is available on the following webpage:


A fees invoice will not be generated until you have accepted your offer into the programme. The contact details for the fees office is:

Student Enquiries Office
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054

Tel +64 3 479 9006

Recommended textbook

The textbook Introduction to Obstetrics and Gynaecology, by Professor Cindy Farquhar and Associate Professor Helen Roberts, is the recommended textbook for the Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology and the Postgraduate Certificate in Pregnancy and Medical Gynaecology at the University of Otago.

Textbook order form (from the University of Auckland) (PDF)

Student ID card

As a distance student you are able to obtain a student ID card. The application procedure varies, depending on whether you have had a card before.

Previous cardholders

If you have had a University of Otago student ID card in previous years, you can apply online:

Apply for a student ID card online

Course Approval must be completed before an ID card can be issued, so there could be a delay between our receipt of this application and your receiving an ID card. If you have any queries, please contact the ID Card Office:

Tel +64 3 479 5330

First-time cardholders

If this will be your first University of Otago student ID card, please complete the following application form (submission details are printed on the form):

ID Card Application Form (PDF)

Course Approval must be completed before an ID card can be issued, so there could be a delay between our receipt of this application and your receiving an ID card. If you have any queries, please contact the ID Card Office:

Tel +64 3 479 5330

Programme requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology (PGDipOMG)


The programme shall consist of seven papers:

  • OBGY 712 Pre and Early Pregnancy Care
  • OBGY 713 Pregnancy Care in the Community
  • OBGY 715 Medical Gynaecology I
  • OBGY 716 Medical Gynaecology II
  • OBGY 717 Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinical Training
  • OBGY 718 Obstetrics and Gynaecology Residential Course 1
  • OBGY 719 Obstetrics and Gynaecology Residential Course 2

This information must be read subject to the statement on our Copyright & Disclaimer page.

Regulations on this page are taken from the 2023 Calendar and supplementary material.

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