A thesis is classified as a type of paper for enrolment purposes. A thesis code is equivalent to a paper code and shows that you are undertaking a long dissertation based on original research.

A thesis code is made up of:

  • A four-letter subject code e.g. HIST for History
  • A number to show the level of study e.g. 5 for Master's or 9 for PhD
  • Letters to show the period of enrolment within an academic year e.g.
    • F = full-time, full-year
    • H = part-time, full-year
    • FH = full-time, part-year (first or second half of the year)
    • HQ = part-time, part-year (first or second half of the year)

A few courses do not follow this standard pattern and may start with a different number (e.g. 8 instead of 5 for postgraduate Medicine courses) and/or use different letters (e.g. AF, AH, or AQ).

During course enrolment, thesis codes can be added in the paper selection page of eVision for all programmes except PhD, Doctor of Education (EdD), and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), which are added on behalf of students by University of Otago staff.

Enrolment periods for thesis codes are normally noted as T periods (rather than FY, S1, S2). The T codes cover a longer period than the standard University semester:

  • TY is full year (covering the period 1 Jan–31 Dec)
  • T1 is first half of the year (covering the period 1 Jan–30 June)
  • T2 is second half of the year (covering the period 1 July–31 Dec)

Re-enrolling in a thesis code

If you wish to re-enrol using a thesis code which you have previously enrolled in, you will need to request Special Permission to have the thesis code added.

Request Special Permission

Changes during the year

If you enrol in a T1 period and continue thesis study in the second half of the year you will need to request your thesis enrolment is updated via a Change of Course

If you are unsure which thesis code you should be using, please contact your supervisor or the Divisional Office.

Thesis code information for staff

2023 Thesis Code Information (PDF 571KB)