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The University offers a variety of programmes and papers through Distance Learning. Instruction is given through printed material, web-conference sessions, the Internet, and residential schools and workshops.

Further information can be found in the Distance Learning Prospectus.

Subject areas available via Distance Learning

Follow the links to departmental and paper/programme information.

* There is a block course, workshop or other component requiring you to be physically on-campus/on-site at some point during the course. Before applying for enrolment in these distance papers, please contact Student Experience for more information about the on-site activities should COVID-19 Alert Levels change.

Undergraduate and graduate subject areas

Aquaculture and Fisheries

  • AQFI 301 Field Methods in Applied Marine Science



Computer Science

English and Linguistics

  • ENGL 127 Essentials of Writing
  • ENGL 128 Essentials of Communication
  • ENGL 251 Special Topic: Creative Writing for Games and Interactive Media
  • ENGL 354 Monsters and Monstrosity in Medieval Literature*
  • ENGL 469 Writing Revolutions: How Modernism Changed the World
  • ENGL 590 Research Dissertation
  • LING 140 Language, Brain, and Being Human
  • LING 590 Research Dissertation

Human Nutrition

Materials Science and Technology

  • MATS 204 Treasure or Trash: Sustainability of Materials

Media, Film and Communication

  • MFCO 224 Studying Selfies: Celebrity, Surveillance and Cyberspace



Religious Studies

Social Work (third and fourth years only)

Not available to students studying outside New Zealand.


  • SURV 120 Surveying and Spatial Science *


Postgraduate subject areas


Addiction and Co-existing Disorders

Aviation Medicine, including Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport


Business Administration

Business Studies

Chemical Hazards

Child Health

Computer Science

  • COSC 444 Advanced Database Technologies*

Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy

Continence Management

Data Science


Digital Health

Education (not initial teacher education)

Forensic Mental Health

General Practice

See also Primary Health Care, and Travel Medicine

Genomic Health and Medicine

Health Management

Please note that not all PUBH papers are available via Distance Learning, and the qualifications cannot be completed entirely online.

Higher Education

Human Nutrition

Human Sexuality and Health


Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies

Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Technology*

Mental Health

Musculoskeletal Management

Musculoskeletal Medicine



Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology

Occupational Health and Safety

Occupational Medicine (refer to 'Aviation Medicine')

Oral Health


Pain and Pain Management

Perinatal Mental Health


Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences


Primary Health Care

Public Health

Please note that not all PUBH papers are available via Distance Learning, and the qualifications cannot be completed entirely online.

Radiation Therapy


Religious Studies

Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice

Science Communication

Social Work

Sport and Exercise Medicine

Surgical Anatomy

Sustainable Business


Travel Medicine


This information on this page reflects Subject Areas and Programmes Available via Distance Learning for 2023. It is manually updated following the publication of the Distance Learning Prospectus each year. As such, there may be a brief period during which the information on this page is out of date while it is updated.

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