The University of Otago offers a wide range of major subjects. Majors are the primary subject that you focus on in your degree. There must be a major subject in every general degree, which means that you must satisfy the requirements specified for that subject. Each programme and major will have their own requirements. Specialised degrees may or may not have major requirements.

A double major is a programme of study for a single bachelor's degree which includes the major subject requirements for two subjects.

A double major does not necessarily increase your workload or take longer, but some combinations of subjects might mean that you need more than 360 points worth of papers to complete your programme and may extend your degree beyond the typical three years.

Planning for two major subjects in your first year allows you to keep some flexibility. At the end of your first year, if you meet the requirements, you can:

  • continue with the double major
  • change one subject to a minor subject, or
  • continue your studies with a single major (some exceptions may apply)

If you're planning to undertake a double major, we recommend you seek course advice from Student Development to ensure that you understand the programme requirements. Student Development can also help you plan your degree so you can complete it in a timely and efficient manner.

Student Development

It is posssible to make changes to your major subject throughout your degree.

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