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Physics colloquium

JumpStart Physics is a Summer School course to prepare students for the PHSI 191 Biological Physics course. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the background knowledge and study skills necessary to confidently undertake the PHSI 191 Biological Physics course at Otago. It is designed for students whose training in secondary school physics and mathematics is incomplete, having not taken Year 12 (NCEA Level 2) Physics. Students undertaking this course will still need to meet the University's admission and entrance criteria in order to proceed to full credit study.

This is a not-for-credit course run for three weeks just before semester one. It is intensive and interactive and runs in the Physics Department over 3 weeks from 29 January – 16 February 2024. This is a full-time course and cannot be taken concurrently with another Summer School/Continuing Education paper. This course is not available on eVision.


Students who have achieved 14 credits and higher in NCEA Level 2 physics or general science, or a pass in Sixth Form Certificate physics or science, or a pass in an equivalent course, such as Cambridge International AS level Physics, will need the approval of the Head of Department.


There are no prerequisites for this course. However, General Science and Mathematics at NCEA Level 1 or above would be an advantage.

Intending to enrol?

JumpStart Physics is designed to provide appropriate background and study skills to students intending to take PHSI191 Biological Physics, a Health Science First Year paper. Students enrolled in PHSI191 in semester one 2024 will be given preference. To apply please complete the JumpStart enrolment form.

If you require further information, please contact:

The Department of Physics
Tel +64 3 479 9101

Payment for the course should be made online at time of enrolment to confirm your place.

The Department of Physics  reserves the right to close enrolments when the course is fully subscribed.



One of the University colleges provide accommodation for students over the Summer School period. To find out which college, please visit:

Summer School website

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