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Examination periods and timetabling

Carrington College students

Examination periods

The University of Otago has three examination periods each year.

The 2020 examination period dates are as follows:

  • Summer School: 15–20 February 2020 (inclusive)
  • Semester one: 3–17 June 2020 (inclusive)
  • Semester two: 14 October–7 November 2020 (inclusive)


The 2021 examination periods dates are as follows:

  • Summer School: 20-25 February 2021 (inclusive)
  • Semester one: 9-23 June 2021 (inclusive)
  • Semester two: 20 October-13 November 2021 (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 one: mid–late April
  • Semester two: 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

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.

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 one papers - 1 May
  • Semester two 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 2020

Paper Day and Date Time
ANAT241 Tuesday 28 January 2020 09:30
DENT261B Friday 24 January 2020 09:30
DENT262B Thursday 30 January 2020 09:30
DENT262C Monday 3 February 2020 09:30
DENT262D Wednesday 29 January 2020 09:30
DENT361A Thursday 23 January 2020 14:30
DENT361B Thursday 23 January 2020 14:30
DENT361C Thursday 23 January 2020 14:30
DENT364A Thursday 23 January 2020 14:30
DENT461A Friday 24 January 2020 14:30
DENT461B Friday 24 January 2020 14:30
DENT461C Friday 24 January 2020 14:30
DENT461D Friday 24 January 2020 14:30
DENT461E Friday 24 January 2020 14:30
DEOH101 Friday 24 January 2020 09:30
DEOH102 Tuesday 28 January 2020 09:30
DTEC101 Friday 24 January 2020 09:30
DTEC103 Tuesday 28 January 2020 09:30
DTEC302 Monday 3 February 2020 09:30
MELS208 Friday 24 January 2020 09:30
MELS241 Tuesday 28 January 2020 09:30
MELS251 Wednesday 29 January 2020 09:30
PHCY211A Thursday 23 January 2020 09:30
PHCY211B Monday 27 January 2020 09:30
PHCY220A Thursday 23 January 2020 09:30
PHCY220B Monday 27 January 2020 09:30
PHCY310A Thursday 23 January 2020 09:30
PHCY310B Monday 27 January 2020 09:30
PHCY320 Monday 27 January 2020 09:30
PHTY250 Friday 31 January 2020 09:30
PHTY251 Wednesday 29 January 2020 09:30
PHTY252 Thursday 30 January 2020 09:30
PHTY254 Monday 3 February 2020 09:30
PHTY255 Tuesday 4 February 2020 14:30

 

 

Summer School examination timetable 2020

Paper Day and Date Time
BIOA201 Wednesday 19 February 2020 09:30
CHEM191 Saturday 15 February 2020 09:30
CLAS240 Monday 17 February 2020 09:30
COMP101 Tuesday 18 February 2020 09:30
COMP111 Saturday 15 February 2020 14:30
COMP160 Wednesday 19 February 2020 09:30
COSC360 Saturday 15 February 2020 14:30
ENGL127 Saturday 15 February 2020 14:30
ENGL223 Monday 17 February 2020 09:30
ENGL323 Monday 17 February 2020 09:30
FORB201 Monday 17 February 2020 09:30
FREN105 Saturday 15 February 2020 14:30
HIST230 Saturday 15 February 2020 09:30
HIST333 Saturday 15 February 2020 09:30
JAPA131 Saturday 15 February 2020 14:30
LAWS401 Monday 17 February 2020 09:30
LAWS432 Wednesday 19 February 2020 09:30
LAWS444 Wednesday 19 February 2020 09:30
LAWS470 Saturday 15 February 2020 09:30
LAWS473 Monday 17 February 2020 09:30
LAWS475 Wednesday 19 February 2020 09:30
MART308 Saturday 15 February 2020 14:30
MATH151 Tuesday 18 February 2020 09:30
MATH160 Tuesday 18 February 2020 09:30
PHIL106 Tuesday 18 February 2020 09:30
PHSI170 Wednesday 19 February 2020 14:30
PHSI191 Tuesday 18 February 2020 09:30
POLS308 Monday 17 February 2020 09:30
RELS202 Wednesday 19 February 2020 18:30
RELS237 Saturday 15 February 2020 09:30
RELS337 Saturday 15 February 2020 09:30
STAT110 Saturday 15 February 2020 09:30
TOUR214 Saturday 15 February 2020 14:30

 

Semester One examination timetable 2020

 The Semester one examination timetable will be available mid-late April.

Semester Two Examination Timetable 2020

The Semester two examination timetable will be available mid-late August.