Taught course

Civil Aviation Medicine

University of Otago · Division of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

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.

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept Duolingo English Test (DET), IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.

Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre "English for Otago" programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Months of entry

February, July

Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Aviation Medicine (PGCertCAvMed) is most appropriate for those planning to become aviation medical examiners. It is a fully-distance, two paper programme taken over the course of a year.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) specifies international standards for aviation medical examiner training. ICAO's competency-based foundation for such training was drafted by Dr David Powell, Aviation Medicine Course Director in the Occupational and Aviation Medicine Programme (OAMU). The OAMU Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Aviation Medicine is designed with the ICAO requirements for AME training in mind and has been recognised as suitable training by civil aviation safety authorities around the world, including Canada, UK, EASA in Europe, Hong Kong, Australasia.

Those who wish to pursue future work in the field of Aviation Medicine should complete the full Master of Aviation Medicine (MAvMed).


  • AVME 711 Aviation Physiology
  • AVME 714 Clinical Aviation Medicine

Information for international students

Otago offers students an unrivalled campus experience and a vibrant, social student culture. The majority of Otago’s 21,000 students live, work and play in Dunedin - New Zealand’s only true university city. Otago is home to over 3,000 students, from over 100 countries.

Fees and funding

International students
NZ $21,348

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert(CAvMed)
    part time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

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