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The new doctor of professional practice course is for experienced professionals who would work and study at the same time.
Chief executive Phil Ker said with more than thirty staff holding doctorates and an established master of professional practice, the polytechnic was well-positioned to provide the new qualification.
"This is an innovative, learner-centred qualification that will generate and apply new knowledge in the workplace.
"It is a learner-centred approach that will make a difference in our communities," Mr Ker said.
Capable NZ Prof Samuel Mann led the team that developed the final version of the qualification and worked with NZQA to bring it to fruition.
There were already 25 people wanting to start the qualification, but the first intake would be restricted to five students.
"This is the biggest academic news at Otago Polytechnic since degrees were approved in 1995.
"We’ve broken through the glass ceiling and have shown that we have the knowledge and history to provide doctorate level programmes," Prof Mann said.