Postgraduate studies at Otago Polytechnic

We offer a flexible and personalised approach for postgraduate study that works for you.

Pursue your passion by undertaking practice-based research that is relevant to you, fits your circumstances and meets your goals.

You will deepen your knowledge in your chosen field, positioning yourself within your own community of practice and contributing to an existing body of knowledge.

You can choose from any of our varied and growing suite of research-based postgraduate programmes, subject to eligibility criteria.


What can I study?

Check out the various postgraduate programmes available in the study area that interests you, then contact the relevant school to discuss options including distance learning, part-time study, and potential supervisors. 

What our postgraduate students say

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Penelope Baldwin

Bachelor of Design (Hons)

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Tina Hewitt

Master of Midwifery

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David Waugh

Master of Applied Science

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Kiritapu Murray

Master of Professional Practice

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Keri McMullan

Master of Occupational Therapy

How to manage postgraduate study

How to manage postgraduate study

Costs of postgraduate study

Fees are set annually and vary from programme to programme. The government’s Fees Free scheme, introduced in 2018 for New Zealand citizens and residents, is not available for postgraduate study (except in the rare situation of students whose Master of Professional Practice may be their first year of tertiary education).

International students, whether studying in New Zealand on a student visa or studying at a distance from overseas, have to pay higher fees because there is no government funding to contribute to our costs of providing the programme to you.

In addition to the fees for your programme, there will be other costs associated with your study – for example textbooks, printing and photocopying, and materials – which also vary from programme to programme. You are responsible for your own living costs during your study.

Funding options for postgraduate study

Employer support: For many postgraduate students their course of study will be directly related to their line of work. Your employer may be willing to contribute to the costs of your study as part of your professional development.

Study Link: Of our postgraduate study options only the Honours year in our Bachelor programmes is eligible for financial support through the government’s Study Link scheme, however New Zealand students may be eligible for a student loan. Read more about loans and allowances here.

Scholarships: You may also wish to apply for a scholarship to help fund your postgraduate study. We have scholarships available for postgraduate study in Art, for women, for Māori students, and for students who play specific sports. International students, or students with a family heritage from another country, should contact their country's embassy to enquire about scholarships.

Payment by instalments: You may be able to pay your fees by instalments, one course at a time.

Distance learning: If you do not live near the campus offering the postgraduate programme you would like to study, distance learning may be an option that would help you avoid the costs of relocation. Postgraduate study requires a higher level of self-directed learning, especially if you are doing a research thesis in one of our Masters programmes, much of which you can undertake at home.

Part time study: We understand that especially at postgraduate level our students are juggling multiple commitments, such as paid employment or self-employment, family responsibilities, sports team membership, and community service. Part time study is an option for most of our postgraduate programmes, which would enable you to keep working.

For more information, please talk to the coordinator for the programme you are interested in pursuing.

What to expect of postgraduate study

What to expect of postgraduate study

Before enrolment

Once you have an idea of which programme you are interested in, please make contact with the relevant school. A discussion with the school’s Postgraduate Coordinator will help you identify:

  • the best programme for you;
  • options including distance learning and part-time study;
  • who might be the best supervisor/s for your research; and
  • what to include in your application.

In some study areas applicants may be invited to an interview discussion. We recognise that the relationship between you and your supervisor/s is critical to your success so this discussion interview is aimed at finding the best supervisor/s for your project and aims.

How your supervisor/s will support you

You will meet with your supervisor/s on a regular basis. They will guide you through planning and advancing your research, and provide you with support as you work through issues that arise in your research.

Where relevant your supervisor/s will also help you prepare to defend your work in person to examiners. You will also have opportunities to orally present your own research to a relevant audience, and to write one or more articles for publication from your project.


Read stories about research

by postgraduate students

Browse theses and dissertations

by postgraduate students

Submit your thesis or dissertation

to our postgraduate repository

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