Each paper you take at Otago has a points value where one point generally represents 10 hours of work for an average student wishing to achieve an average grade. A full-time course is generally between 54 and 72 points in any one semester or 108 and 144 points in any one year.

As a guide, based on an 18-point paper, this usually works out to a minimum of 14 hours' work per paper per week. "Work" is made up of:

  • formal contact time (lectures, tutorials, laboratories, etc.), and
  • independent study (studying, revision, assignments, reading, etc.)

Most students take 108 to 126 points per year. Very able students may take up to 144 points annually with the load spread as evenly as possible across both semesters.

Your study is considered to be part-time if you are taking fewer than 54 points in any one semester or 108 points in any one year. Part-time students are not normally eligible to receive student allowances, and take longer to complete their degrees.

Limited full-time status
If you're unable to undertake the workload of a full-time course, you may still be able to get financial help under limited full-time status.

Summer School
You cannot enrol for more than 36 points during Summer School.

Last updated 08/08/2018 01.24 PM
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