University of Otago: Statistics

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#298 of 14,131 In the World
#13 of 59 In Oceania
#2 of 8 In New Zealand
#21 of 1,012 For Occupational Safety and Health
Top100 For 25 other topics
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Highest Degree
Acceptance rate

* The University of Otago is among the institutions that don't provide data on acceptance rates. This might happen because the university has programs where applicants only need to meet admission requirements to enroll and don't necessarily compete with others.

We estimate the above acceptance rate based on admission statistics of closely ranked nearby universities with similar research profiles that do publish such data.

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Admissions RequirementsAcceptable grades in the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement; University of Otago Foundation Studies Certificate or recognized foreign equivalents
Academic CalendarFebruary to November (February - June; July-November)

Research profile

University of Otago is a world-class research university with 47,309 scientific papers published and 1,855,165 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Medicine, Biology, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Environmental Science, Psychology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Demography, Business, and Engineering.


University of Otago majors

by publication & citation count

18,085 / 810,785
10,884 / 501,945
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
10,308 / 397,830
Environmental Science
6,496 / 266,517
5,685 / 338,194
4,352 / 183,585
Computer Science
3,957 / 164,856
3,846 / 264,054
3,451 / 132,504
2,402 / 76,256
Health Science
2,373 / 86,951
2,352 / 122,158
2,075 / 69,548
Public Health
1,722 / 108,927
1,702 / 64,957
1,673 / 39,920
1,665 / 38,626
Physical Therapy
1,604 / 94,368
Geography and Cartography
1,374 / 36,699
1,304 / 40,944
1,263 / 66,863
1,230 / 67,298
1,209 / 82,462
Political Science
1,205 / 12,069
Art & Design
1,153 / 17,575
Family medicine
1,030 / 19,466
1,029 / 94,056
1,006 / 57,865
Anatomy and Physiology
983 / 32,135
Healthcare Management (MHA)
981 / 25,906
Oncology and Cancer research
967 / 47,630
Materials Science
939 / 31,730
Child Psychology
903 / 77,411
Social Psychology
896 / 48,514
895 / 69,945
879 / 44,117
825 / 25,445
Communications and Public Relations
801 / 18,162
783 / 41,812
Clinical Psychology
770 / 55,781

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 473 5283
1992 416 5919
1993 523 6525
1994 501 7070
1995 557 8932
1996 618 9910
1997 657 10595
1998 707 12576
1999 749 14288
2000 848 17022
2001 840 19824
2002 883 23411
2003 986 27009
2004 1040 30717
2005 1251 35916
2006 1314 42932
2007 1491 49300
2008 1774 58062
2009 1955 67445
2010 2088 76640
2011 2264 87993
2012 2567 102046
2013 2560 116897
2014 2758 130716
2015 2933 140202
2016 2966 142105
2017 3171 152870
2018 3068 146113
2019 3243 168757
2020 3713 199518
2021 3884 225576
Academic rankings


Local studetns 3,952 - 26,500 per annum (NZD)

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by University of Otago.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor's Degree Arts and Humanities, Biomedicine, Business and Commerce, Dental Technology, Dentistry, Health Sciences, Law, Medical Technology, Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Performing Arts, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Radiology, Small Business, Social Work, Surgery, Surveying and Mapping, Teacher Training, Theology
Bachelor Honours Degree Arts and Humanities, Biomedicine, Business and Commerce, Dental Technology, Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Radiology, Social Work, Surveying and Mapping, Theology
Postgraduate Certificate Business and Commerce, Education, Health Sciences, Higher Education, Management, Medical Technology, Occupational Health, Pharmacy, Public Health, Rehabilitation and Therapy
Postgraduate Diploma Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Clinical Psychology, Dental Technology, Dentistry, Education, Health Administration, Higher Education, Laboratory Techniques, Management, Medical Technology, Missionary Studies, Music, Natural Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Occupational Health, Ophthalmology, Pastoral Studies, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Social Welfare, Sports Management, Sports Medicine, Statistics, Theology, Wildlife
Master's Degree Accountancy, Archaeology, Arts and Humanities, Biomedicine, Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Business Computing, Dental Technology, Dentistry, Dietetics, Economics, Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Higher Education, Indigenous Studies, International Business, International Studies, Law, Marketing, Medical Technology, Medicine, Missionary Studies, Music, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Occupational Health, Ophthalmology, Pastoral Studies, Peace and Disarmament, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Political Sciences, Public Health, Small Business, Surveying and Mapping, Theology, Tourism, Wildlife
Doctoral Degree Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Dentistry, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Literature, Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physical Therapy, Surveying and Mapping, Theology

University of Otago alumni

  1. Stella Maxwell

    Stella Maxwell
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    1990-.. (age 33)

    Stella Maynes Maxwell is a supermodel. She is a former Victoria's Secret Angel, and is also the face of the cosmetics brand Max Factor.

  2. Bill English

    Bill English
    Born in
    New Zealand Flag New Zealand
    1961-.. (age 62)
    international forum participantpoliticianfarmer

    Sir Simon William English is a New Zealand former National Party politician who served as the 39th prime minister of New Zealand from 2016 to 2017. He had previously served as the 17th deputy prime minister of New Zealand and minister of finance from 2008 to 2016 under John Key and the Fifth National Government.

  3. Janet Frame

    Janet Frame
    Born in
    New Zealand Flag New Zealand
    1924-2004 (aged 80)
    writerpoetessayistnovelistshort story writer

    Janet Paterson Frame was a New Zealand author. She was internationally renowned for her work, which included novels, short stories, poetry, juvenile fiction, and an autobiography, and received numerous awards including being appointed to the Order of New Zealand, New Zealand's highest civil honour.

  4. Jamie Joseph

    Jamie Joseph
    Born in
    New Zealand Flag New Zealand
    1969-.. (age 54)
    rugby union player

    James Whitinui Joseph is a New Zealand-born Japanese former rugby union player and current rugby union coach. A flanker, Joseph represented Otago at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, from 1992 to 1995, before representing Japan in 1999. Joseph, now head coach of the Japanese national side, has coached since his retirement, coming through the ranks in New Zealand before his first national stint.

All 100 notable alumni

University of Otago faculties and divisions

Department/Division : Commerce Accountancy, Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Economic and Finance Policy, Economics, Finance, Information Sciences, International Business, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Tourism
Department/Division : Health Sciences Anaesthesiology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biomedicine, Dentistry, Health Administration, Health Sciences, Immunology, Medical Technology, Medicine, Microbiology, Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Pathology, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physiology, Psychology, Public Health, Radiology, Surgery, Toxicology
Department/Division : Humanities Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Arts and Humanities, Asian Studies, Chinese, Classical Languages, Communication Studies, Design, Education, Educational Sciences, English, Environmental Studies, Film, French, Gender Studies, Geography, German, Graphic Arts, Hebrew, History, Home Economics, Indigenous Studies, International Studies, Japanese, Law, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Music, Pacific Area Studies, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Regional Planning, Religion, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Special Education, Teacher Training, Theatre, Theology, Visual Arts
Department/Division : Sciences Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Food Science, Geology, Marine Science and Oceanography, Mathematics, Nutrition, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Sports, Statistics, Surveying and Mapping, Zoology

General information

Founded 1869
Motto Sapere aude

Location and contacts

Address P.O. Box 56
Dunedin, 9054
New Zealand
City population 106,000

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