What is distance-teaching?

Distance-taught papers can be studied from anywhere. Papers are taught using online resources through an e-learning platform, supplemented by Zoom videoconferencing in the evening and one compulsory residential held in Wellington.

What time commitment is required?

The papers are designed to be taken part-time while continuing to work in practice. As a general guide it would be expected that each point is equivalent to roughly 10 hours of study, although this depends on the individual student. This means for a 30-point paper you would be expected to commit to around 300 hours of study per semester, or roughly 15-20 hours of study per week. Before enrolling, please feel free to talk to the postgraduate coordinator or academic staff member about this before committing to study as we have found forward preparation makes a big difference to study. In the first instance contact the postgraduate coordinator: primarycare.distance@otago.ac.nz

I am new to academic study. What supports do you have in place for me?

We offer a range of online support sessions via Zoom videoconference once a week in the evening just before the start of the semester and continuing over several weeks. We also offer free access to the dedicated study support online e-learning portal (GENA700.) Furthermore there is support available from the course convenors and administrators as well as support from our Reference Library staff and an on-campus Learning Support Advisor who can provide support one-on-one via videoconference.

What qualifications do you offer?

Check out the qualifications we offer.

What papers do you offer?

Check out the papers we offer.

When do these papers run?

Semester 1 papers run February - June. Semester 2 papers run July - November.

I want to enrol where do I start?

Click on the "Enrol Now" button located at the top right of this page.

What are the Residential Dates?

Each paper has a compulsory residential component which requires attendance at the University of Otago, Wellington. Please check the 2020 Residential dates.

Are there exams?

None of our papers have exams. Most papers have a mix of essay-style assessments, presentations, on-line discussions and/or quizzes.

Is funding available?

There is some limited funding available - check out our Funding for PG papers website for more information. Nurses are also eligible to apply to their local DHB for Health Workforce New Zealand funding

Are there any extra charges?

Wilderness Medicine PRHC702 has an extra charge to cover the cost of a lift pass and accommodation at Hilary Outdoors Pursuits Centre. The amount will be confirmed by the coordinator when you enrol in the paper.

Can I get CME credits for taking your papers?


1. For GPs, our programme is accredited with RNZCGP for MOPPS points (30 pts papers = 300 MOPPs points). We can input your MOPPS point directly online for you, if you supply us with your MCNZ number.

2. For nurses, paramedics pharmacists, etc, we can send you a letter verifying the number of hours studied.

What if I have more questions?

Please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator - primarycare.distance@otago.ac.nz

or one of our other Primary Health Care Postgraduate Staff Members

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