The Otago Bachelor of Physiotherapy Honours (BPhty(Hons)) degree is the honours version of our well established four-year programme, which is internationally renowned for excellence, given that its graduates are recognised as among the best in the field. The academic year is from late February to November. The programme is of four years' duration with Years 2 to 4 being undertaken at the School of Physiotherapy. In the first year students take the Health Sciences First Year course and in the majority of cases students are selected from this year. Students are offered the opportunity to undertake honours (4th) year, based upon academic performance in Year 3 of the course. Students who complete all the competencies of the four years of study are eligible to apply for registration as a physiotherapist with the New Zealand Physiotherapy Board. In addition, honours graduates are eligible to enrol directly for PhD studies upon completion of their degree.