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Examination periods and timetabling

Carrington College students

Examination periods

The University of Otago has three examination periods each year.

The 2021 examination period dates are as follows:

  • Summer School: 20–25 February 2021 (inclusive)
  • Semester 1: 9–23 June 2021 (inclusive)
  • Semester 2: 20 October–13 November 2021 (inclusive)


The 2022 examination periods dates are as follows:

  • Summer School: 19-24 February 2022 (inclusive)
  • Semester 1: 8-22 June 2022 (inclusive)
  • Semester 2: 19 October-12 November 2022 (inclusive)

Timetabling

Because of the flexibility of courses of study at Otago, examination timetabling cannot begin until after the last day to delete papers for that teaching period. Therefore, the anticipated dates for the release of examination timetable dates and times (published below) are:

  • Summer School: late January
  • Semester 1: mid–late April
  • Semester 2: mid–late August

Once the examination timetable has been finalised, each student's examination information will be displayed in the Timetable section of their eVision portal.

As per the University of Otago Examination and Assessment Regulations, candidates are expected to sit their final examinations as scheduled. The main examination centre is Dunedin. In the case of Extramural or Distance Learning candidates, the examination centre is a University-nominated examination venue near their normal study location.

Changes to final examination dates, times, or venues

These provisions have been temporarily updated in light of disruptions due to COVID-19.

Referred to as a Variation from the University's Examination and Assessment Regulations, changes to the date, time, and/or venue of a candidate’s examination(s) are granted only very rarely, only in exceptional circumstances clearly beyond the candidate’s control and known about in advance. Some established criteria are:

  • Bereavement in immediate family;
  • Wedding of a member of immediate family, or where the candidate has been invited to be a member of the bridal party;
  • Serious illness / incapacity (candidate or immediate family);
  • Posting of a member of the New Zealand Armed Forces or of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • Competing or participating as a national representative
  • Competing or officiating at an international competition recognised by a fully constituted international governing body
  • Trialling, as a genuine contender, for selection as a national representative, as verified by a fully constituted national governing body
  • A candidate’s religious commitment prohibiting such activity on the date scheduled.

These provisions may allow a candidate to sit a digital examination at an alternative time where the candidate is overseas and in a significantly different time zone.

If you are travelling out of Dunedin at the end of the semester, ensure that you make your bookings for a date after the examination period, or wait until the examination timetable has been released.

Note: Booking flights too early, or before your timetable is known, are not grounds for applying for a variation.

How to apply

If your circumstances fall into one of these categories, please email the Group Leader Student Administration at examinations@otago.ac.nz by the deadlines below, outlining your situation, and attach documentation to verify the circumstances that prevent you from sitting your examination(s) as scheduled.

Deadlines

Applications for variations must be received by:

  • Summer School papers - 1 February
  • Semester 1 papers - 1 May
  • Semester 2 and full year papers - 1 September

Variations cannot be considered at short notice.

Please note that if your application for a variation is approved, you will be responsible for any venue, supervision, and postage/ courier costs incurred as a result of the change in time, date, and/or venue.

If you have queries or concerns about examinations, please email the examinations team, examinations@otago.ac.nz.

Health Sciences Professional Programmes special examination timetable 2021

Paper
Day and Date Time
DENT261B Thursday 28 January 2021 09:30
DENT262C Monday 25 January 2021 09:30
DENT361A Wednesday 27 January 2021 09:30
DENT361B Wednesday 27 January 2021 09:30
DENT361C Wednesday 27 January 2021 09:30
DEOH101 Thursday 28 January 2021 09:30
DEOH102 Tuesday 26 January 2021 09:30
DTEC101 Tuesday 26 January 2021 09:30
MELS208 Tuesday 26 January 2021 09:30
MELS251 Monday 25 January 2021 09:30
MICN501A Wednesday 20 January 2021 09:30
MICN501B Thursday 21 January 2021 09:30
MICN501C Tuesday 19 January 2021 09:30
MICN501 OSCE Friday 22 January 2021 09:30
PHCY211B Thursday 28 January 2021 14:30
PHCY320 Thursday 28 January 2021 09:30
PHTY250 Friday 29 January 2021 09:30
PHTY251 Monday 25 January 2021 09:30
PHTY252 Thursday 28 January 2021 14:30
PHTY254 Monday 1 February 2021 09:30
PHTY354 Wednesday 20 January 2021 14:30
PHTY354 Practical Thursday 21 January 2021 09:30
PHTY355 Thursday 21 January 2021 14:30

 

Summer School examination timetable 2021

Paper
Day and Date Time
ACFI299 Tuesday 23 February 2021 09:30
BIOA201 Saturday 20 February 2021 09:30
CHEM191 Tuesday 23 February 2021 09:30
COMP101 Monday 22 February 2021 09:30
COMP111 Saturday 20 February 2021 09:30
COMP160 Wednesday 24 February 2021 09:30
COSC360 Tuesday 23 February 2021 09:30
ENGL127 Monday 22 February 2021 09:30
ENGL223 Saturday 20 February 2021 09:30
ENGL323 Saturday 20 February 2021 09:30
FORB201 Monday 22 February 2021 09:30
FREN105 Monday 22 February 2021 09:30
JAPA131 Saturday 20 February 2021 09:30
LAWS350 Monday 22 February 2021 09:30
LAWS444 Saturday 20 February 2021 09:30
LAWS449 Wednesday 24 February 2021 09:30
LAWS486 Wednesday 24 February 2021 09:30
LING103 Monday 22 February 2021 09:30
MATH151 Monday 22 February 2021 09:30
MATH160 Monday 22 February 2021 09:30
PHIL103 Wednesday 24 February 2021 09:30
PHSI170 Tuesday 23 February 2021 09:30
PHSI191 Tuesday 23 February 2021 09:30
POLS308 Wednesday 24 February 2021 09:30
RELS214 Wednesday 24 February 2021 18:30
RELS237 Saturday 20 February 2021 09:30
RELS337 Saturday 20 February 2021 09:30
STAT110 Wednesday 24 February 2021 09:30
TOUR214 Tuesday 23 February 2021 09:30

 

Semester 1 examination timetable 2021

The Semester 1 examination timetable will be published mid-late April 2021

 

Semester 2 examination timetable 2021

The Semester 2 examination timetable will be published mid-late August 2021