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Undergraduate Degrees in Energy

Otago offers the only energy-focused undergraduate degree in Australasia. This has two forms:
• BAppSci in Energy Management – a 3 year degree plus and optional honours year.
• BSc in Energy Studies – a 3 year degree.

Structure of: BSc in Energy Studies & Technology & BAppSc in Energy Management

Compulsory Recommended
Physics Maths/Geog Energy Studies
First year PHSI 131 or
PHSI 132 or
PHSI 191
MATH 160
MATH 170
Second year PHSI 243 EMAN 201
EMAN 204
GEOG 216
MATH 203
Third year GEOG 388 or
GEOG 392
EMAN 301
EMAN 308
PHSI 365


Q. What is the difference between BSc in Energy Studies and BAppSci in Energy Management?

A. The BAppSci in Energy Management (for more information about Energy Management click here) is an interdisciplinary degree (with a compulsory minor) targeted at students that are focused on pursuing professional careers in the energy sector. The BSc in Energy Studies is a flexible science degree for students wanting to develop an understanding of the science and technology behind energy efficiency and renewable energy. Both degrees have similar course requirements, but the BAppSci requires a compulsory Minor. It is possible to transition between these programmes in the 2nd and 3rd year.

Q. What other papers should I take?

A. Specific energy focused courses starts at the 200 level covering energy resources, thermodynamics (the physical laws governing energy conversion) and environmental physics. Prerequisites are PHSI 131 or PHSI 132 (or PHSI 191) and MATH 160. It is recommended you take PHSI 132 and MATH 170. We encourage students to take additional interdisciplinary papers (discuss options with us!)
Other recommended courses are: MATH 203 -Calculus of Several Variables, BSNS 114 - Financial Decision Making and PHSI 365 –Computational Physics.

Q. What jobs will I get with a degree in Energy Management or Energy Studies?

A. There are many great opportunities for qualified people to pursue a career in the rapidly developing energy area both within New Zealand and around the world. Our graduates find successful and fulfilling careers in a diverse range of energy areas, including:
• Designing and implementing renewable energy supply solutions
• Renewable energy and energy-efficient technology research and development
• Identifying and implementing energy efficiency and sustainability measures for industry, organizations, or in the residential sector
• Assessing or managing energy use at energy-intensive industrial sites or in commercial buildings
• Advising on or developing energy and sustainability policy for national or local government.

More information about careers in Energy can be found here.

All Undergraduate Papers

Physics papers
Energy Studies