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Physics colloquium

JumpStart Physics is a Summer School course to prepare students to confidently undertake 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 high 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 31 January – 18 February 2022. 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.

Class Limit: 85


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 not be accepted except with 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? Please note:

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 2022 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.

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

Accommodation should be arranged through University College.

Tel +64 3 479 5580

Payment for accommodation should be made separately to University College.