The University of Otago offers over 150 different qualifications, in Humanities, Law, Sciences, Health Sciences, Education, and Commerce. Courses are taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on campus and via the distance learning programme.

The University supports prospective and current students to help plan their chosen degrees through course advice options.

Degrees are comprised of papers, with a major, minor, or subject specialisations. Papers have prerequisites, co-requisites, restrictions, and a maximum workload. You can take various combinations of papers depending on your degree selection, and adjust your programme to your specific needs, including the ability to take a double degree or to take single papers through interest-only study or a certificate of proficiency.