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Environmental & Earth Sciences

Applied Geology

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Program facts

  • Tuition fees per year 21,055 NZD
  • Duration 3 years
  • Program type Bachelor's
  • Language taught in English
  • Start date February, July

Program Overview

What the University of Otago says about their program:
"Applied Geology looks at how geological issues affect the lives of human beings. It studies the effects of naturally-occurring geological hazards, such as landslides and volcanic eruptions, environmental problems from such areas as waste disposal and groundwater contamination, and looks at how to manage and access natural resources, such as petroleum and minerals."

Admissions requirements

To study at Otago you need a recognized university entrance qualification and achieve the required score in a recognized English language test.

Find out what you need to be successful in your application to study at the University of Otago.


IELTS 6.0 (no band below 6.0) TOEFL 80 (20 writing) - institution code 9483 CAE/CPE - 176 (no band below 169) IB - English at Higher or standard level PTE Academic - 58 (no band below 50)


IELTS 6.5 (no band below 6.0) TOEFL 95 (writing 22) CAE/CPE - 176 PTE Academic - 64 (no band below 57)

Undergraduate We recognise many other qualifications as equivalent to the New Zealand qualification for entrance. We also accept the following International qualifications:

International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma with a minimum of 24 points. GCE Advanced Levels: minimum grade of 8. Satisfactory completion of one year's study at an approved tertiary institution.

Postgraduate Entrance requirements for postgraduate study vary by programme with most requiring a minimum bachelor-level qualification in the same field, and some having additional requirements such as relevant work experience and/or professional registration in New Zealand.

A postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma can usually be taken at any time after the completion of your bachelor's degree.

If you hold an honours degree or postgraduate diploma you may be able to eligible for master’s study by thesis only. In some cases if you hold a bachelor’s degree you may apply for a coursework master’s degree or for master’s study by coursework and thesis.

Semester 1 (February) - deadline October 31 PG October 31 UG ongoing Semester 2 (July) - deadline April 30

Fees and funding

International Students studying at Otago pay international tuition fees. Many students will enrol for papers from a range of subject areas. Your actual tuition fee is calculated on the basis of fees for each paper that you include in your program.

The tuition fees do not include the student services and administration fees.

International applicants who have not studied Year 12 and 13 at a New Zealand school or an equivalent foundation level course at a New Zealand tertiary institution are only eligible for the New Frontiers Entrance Scholarship, and application is by invitation only through the International Office.

Undergraduate New Frontier Scholarship - (all programs except Health Sciences programs) Based on IB, A levels, ATAR. Up to NZ$5,000

Coursework master's Scholarship NZ$10,000

Visa requirements for University of Otago

Many international students will require a visa to study in New Zealand, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

New Zealand student visa requirements