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About the University of Otago, Wellington

He kōrero mō mātou

Excellence and leadership in health research and teaching

The University of Otago, Wellington is located in Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington), the capital city of Aotearoa New Zealand. We are a medical and health science campus, home to around 1,000 students and an inspirational teaching team of leading health educators and researchers.

Our staff and on-campus students learn and work from locations close to the regional hospital in Newtown, and in the central city. Our main academic block in Newtown is currently being upgraded but teaching and research programmes remain in full swing.

What we offer

  • Undergraduate 4th–6th year MB ChB
  • New Zealand’s only training in radiation therapy, the Bachelor of Radiation Therapy
  • Hosting for dietetic, physiotherapy, dental and pharmacy undergraduate students
  • Research degree opportunities from BMedSci to PhD
  • A diverse range of research-informed postgraduate courses for those working in health including: registrars, medical specialists, nurses, GPs, pharmacists, physiotherapists, clinical psychologists, social workers and those working in health policy.
  • Short courses every February at our Public Health Summer School – the largest public health summer school in the Southern Hemisphere.

Academic departments

The University of Otago, Wellington is adjacent the Wellington Hospital. It has nine academic departments:

Strong research

The University of Otago, Wellington is at the forefront of disseminating research evidence and clinical knowledge to our communities, policymakers, and government and non-government agencies. The campus has research strengths in a number of areas, spanning the spectrum through biomedical, clinical and public health.

We host more than 20 well-established and highly regarded research groups, providing outstanding opportunities for postgraduate research.

Our Pacific Office provides support and expertise to those researching Pacific health in Aotearoa and the Pacific region.

More about our research groups

Strong indigenous health research

The campus' Māori health research unit, Te Ropu Rangahau Hauora A Eru Pōmare, is a national leader. The strength of this unit, in combination with our well-established and long-term relationships with local iwi groups, provides a strong foundation on which to build the indigenous component of our curriculum.

Studying and living in Wellington

Pōneke (Wellington) is a great place to live, work and study. It’s a vibrant city, renowned for its food, diversity, entertainment and arts culture. It is New Zealand’s second most populous city and the seat of parliament.

Everything is easily accessible including opportunities to venture out and explore the outdoors. The stunning waterfront, business and entertainment precincts are just minutes away from our conveniently located campus.

You can explore Te Papa, our national museum, or view the original Treaty of Waitangi at the National Library. From Mātairangi (Mount Victoria) you can look out over our harbour, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, and the beautiful cityscape on land shaped by the taniwha, Ngake and Whātaitai.

If you are new to the capital, please take some time to enjoy our beautiful city. Our Wellington Activity Passport is full of ideas for exploring:

Wellington Activity Passport – University of Otago (PDF)

Links to more information about Wellington

Welly Waterfront on a sunny day with lots of people out and about image
Wellington waterfront on a sunny day with Te Papa in the background.

"We love Wellington" photo gallery

To get a sense of life in Christchurch, our staff and students are compiling a collection of images expressing what we love about Christchurch and the Canterbury region.

View the UOW “We love Wellington” photo gallery