University of Otago, Wellington

Proud to be Wellington’s medical school, and of the role the play in making a difference to the health of New Zealanders, the University of Otago invite you to find out more about the exceptional experience and opportunities they offer their students and staff.




23 Mein Street

A unique part of the University of Otago, Wellington experience is their location on a tertiary hospital campus and their strong relationships with health service providers.

Including District Health Boards - Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley Health, MidCentral Health, Hawke’s Bay, Tairawhiti, Taranaki and Wairarapa.

University of Otago students are based at a variety of hospitals and GP practices throughout the lower North Island, where they are welcomed as students and as graduates when the time comes to recruit outstanding New Zealand-trained doctors and other health professionals. Their graduates are sought after both nationally and internationally.

What they offer

  • Undergraduate 4th-6th year MB ChB
  • New Zealand’s only training in radiation therapy, the Bachelor of Radiation Therapy
  • Hosting for dietetic, physiotherapy, dental and pharmacy undergraduate students
  • Research degree opportunities from Bachelor of Medical Science to PhD
  • A diverse range of research-informed national and international clinical and public health postgraduate courses for health professionals including registrars, medical specialists, nurses, GPs, pharmacists, physiotherapists, clinical psychologists and social workers
  • Courses every February at their Public Health Summer School – the largest public health summer school in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Research opportunities in all departments, and in the 15 well-established research groups.

They offer PhD and Masters students the opportunity to be part of their team of internationally recognised researchers and clinicians. Their collaborative research approach, particularly with the DHBs, is a further drawcard, and they are at the forefront of disseminating research evidence and clinical knowledge to communities, policymakers, and government and non-government agencies. The Wellington location gives them the added advantage of being well placed to positively influence these key audiences.

As part of their service to Wellington’s communities, they host free public lecture series and seminars, and many of University of Otago staff donate time and expertise to health-focused community organisations. They are proud to be the University of Otago’s capital city campus, and to contribute to the civic and intellectual life of the Wellington region.

They are committed to bridging the gap between great research and the New Zealanders it will ultimately benefit. Their effective advocacy, and reach into hospital, government and community settings - both urban and rural - place them well to achieve this. Their philosophy of engagement is central to the experience they offer their students – an experience that is enhanced by teaching excellence, and a dedicated student support service that ensures students are able to make the most of their time in the vibrant city and campus.


The University of Otago, Wellington offers a number of scholarships to provide the financial support you need during your studies.

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Additional details

Number of students 20,814
Number of international students 2,723
Overall cost of living $16,500
Accommodation cost $6,500

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