Most general bachelors' degrees and many of the specialised bachelors' degrees have honours degrees associated with them (e.g. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts with Honours). They usually require you to take extra papers in the subject of the degree and submit a research report or dissertation.

An honours degree is a postgraduate degree requiring an additional year of study after you have completed a general three-year bachelor's degree. In other cases (particularly professional programmes), the honours degree is an undergraduate degree requiring additional work but taking the same time as the corresponding ordinary degree.

You can undertake honours degrees in more than one subject, or to take a combined honours degree involving a blend of papers from two subjects.

A full list of honours degrees offered at the University of Otago is available online:

Admission to the Bachelor of Surveying with Honours is subject to special approval after the second year BSurv course and is not available as a one-year postgraduate qualification.

Students wishing to seek advice on studying an honours programme should be directed to speak with the department that teaches the subject area in which they are interested.