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Postgraduate Certificate in General Practice (PGCertGP)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Otago


The Postgraduate Certificate in General Practice (PGCertGP) is offered to medical practitioners who require certification of participation and satisfactory completion of approved postgraduate papers.

The Postgraduate Certificate in General Practice (PGCertGP) is also available through Distance Learning.

Take your practice to the next level

We offer postgraduate opportunities for general practitioners and health care professionals to help you:

Become a confident, effective and inspiring clinical teacher

Gain the ability to manage complexity

Optimise your therapeutic relationships

Understand clinical ethics in practice

Gain insight into the cultural context of health care and medicine to better meet patients’ needs

Find answers through research

Through our courses, general practitioners and health care professionals develop skills to sustain and transform their practice and thrive in challenging environments.

Structure of the Programme

The programme of study shall consist of the core paper GENA 820 and 30 points from the schedule of elective papers for the Postgraduate Diploma in General Practice.

Entry criteria

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Academic Board of the Otago Medical School, which must be satisfied that the applicant has the ability and experience to proceed to the programme.

Every applicant shall

  • have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of a university in New Zealand or hold an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Academic Board of the Otago Medical School, and
  • have commenced and completed formal vocational training for general practice; or
  • have been admitted ad eundem statum as entitled to proceed to the certificate.

Every applicant shall be registered for medical practice in either Australia or New Zealand or have an exemption from this requirement from the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care.

English language requirements

  • IELTS Academic - Score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0). IELTS Online is also accepted.
  • Internet-based TOEFL - Score of 90 with a minimum writing score of 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL - score of 587 (TWE 4.5)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) & Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum of 176
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.
  • LanguageCert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a high pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill OR C2 Mastery (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill
  • NZCEL - NZCEL 5 Academic endorsement
  • University of Otago Language Centre ‘English for Otago’, English for Postgraduate Academic Purposes (EPAP) - Grade C or higher

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