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Examination periods and timetabling

Examination periods

The University of Otago has three examination periods each year.

The 2023 examination periods dates are as follows:

  • Summer School: 18–23 February 2023 (inclusive)
  • Semester 1: 7–21 June 2023 (inclusive)
  • Semester 2: 18 October–11 November 2023 (inclusive)

The 2024 examination periods dates are as follows:

  • Summer School: 17–22 February 2024 (inclusive)
  • Semester 1: 5–19 June 2024 (inclusive)
  • Semester 2: 21 October–9 November 2024 (inclusive)


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 by the deadlines below, outlining your situation, and attach documentation to verify the circumstances that prevent you from sitting your examination(s) as scheduled.


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,

Health Sciences Professional Programmes special examination timetable 2023

Paper Day and date Time
DENT262C Department run Wednesday 1 February 13:00
DENT362 Tuesday 31 January 09:30
DENT363 Wednesday 1 February 09:30
DENT462 Thursday 2 February 09:30
DENT463 Wednesday 1 February 09:30
DEOH202 Tuesday 31 January 09:30
DEOH203 Friday 3 February 09:30
DTEC203 Thursday 2 February 09:30
MELS223 Monday 30 January 09:30
MELS301 Department run Tuesday 24 January 09:30
MELS302 Department run Wednesday 25 January 09:30
MELS406 Department run Wednesday 25 January 09:30
PHCY320 Friday 3 February 09:30
PHCY320 OSCE Department run Monday 23 January 10:00
PHCY432 Department run Monday 23 January 14:30
PHCY432 OSCE Department run Monday 23 January 10:00
PHTY250 Department run Thursday 26 January 09:30
PHTY251 Tuesday 31 January 09:30
PHTY254 Monday 30 January 14:30
PHTY254 Practical Department run Tuesday 31 January 09:30
PHTY353 Department run Monday 23 January 09:30
PHTY354 Department run Thursday 19 January 09:30
PHTY354 Practical Department run Friday 20 January 09:30


Summer School examination timetable 2023

Paper Day and date Time
BIOA201Wednesday 22 February09:30
CHEM191Saturday 18 February09:30
COMP162Tuesday 21 February09:30
ENGL223Saturday 18 February09:30
ENGL323Saturday 18 February09:30
FORB201Monday 20 February09:30
LAWS423Monday 20 February09:30
LAWS444Wednesday 22 February09:30
PHAL231Wednesday 22 February09:30
PHSI170Saturday 18 February09:30
PHSI191Tuesday 21 February09:30
RELS214Saturday 18 February09:30
RELS237Wednesday 22 February18:30
RELS337Wednesday 22 February18:30
STAT110Saturday 18 February09:30
TOUR214Saturday 18 February09:30


Semester 1 examination timetable 2023

The 2023 semester 1 timetable will be released in mid-late April.


Semester 2 examination timetable 2023

The 2023 semester 2 examination timetable will be published mid-late August.