These doctorates can be awarded in two ways: as an Honorary Doctorate or by the submission of a body of work of special excellence.
Honorary Doctorates are occasionally awarded by senior University leaders to individuals showing outstanding talent in the particular field.
More commonly, graduates of the University of Otago or people who have had a formal academic association with the University may apply for a Higher Doctorate in the appropriate field. The application first involves submission of a curriculum vitae, and an abstract explaining the work to be examined. The application is considered by the appropriate Pro-Vice-Chancellor, who decides whether the submission should continue. If so, the applicant generates copies of the work to be examined and pays an examination fee.
Queries regarding the application process should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recipients of honorary degrees are listed as Honorary Graduates in the University Calendar.