Distance learning contact courses


Contact courses are an opportunity for you to interact with other distance students taking the same paper and to receive face-to-face tuition. They are designed as an integral part of your study programme.

Distance students attending contact courses are welcome to make use of any of the on-campus student services and facilities provided.

Your contact course details will be e-mailed to you, along with an invitation to register for your contact courses (or a confirmation, if you have already registered).

Contact courses may be held at Massey’s Albany campus (located on Auckland's North Shore), Manawatu campus (located in Palmerston North), and Wellington campus, as well as at a Christchurch venue. Overseas students should only enrol in papers with compulsory contact course requirements if you are prepared to return to New Zealand.

Contact course dates, times and locations

Contact course dates and venues are available by going to our paper search page and entering a paper number and then clicking the More info link in the Dates column.

For room locations and start and end times for upcoming contact courses, see contact course rooms and times. This listing is updated if a contact course’s details change, so you are advised to check prior to making travel arrangements.

Attendance requirements

Compulsory contact courses

If you enrol in a paper with a “compulsory” contact course, it is a requirement that you attend. Failure to attend a "compulsory" contact course may result in failure of the paper, regardless of the rest of the assessment. Exemption from attendance may or may not be possible. If you are unable to attend, you should make an application to the course coordinator prior to enrolling in the paper. In any case where an exemption is not granted, you should nominate an alternative paper that has a "recommended" or no contact course. It is essential when you are choosing your papers that there are no clashes of compulsory contact courses.

You will be sent information irrespective of whether you register or do not register. You are encouraged to register as this assists in determining how many students will be attending at each location. Please also ensure that you make appropriate accommodation arrangements well in advance of the contact course.

Students studying offshore should only enrol in papers with compulsory contact course requirements if you are prepared to return to attend the contact course in New Zealand.

Recommended contact courses

You should plan to attend the contact course if at all possible. You will need to register in order to receive date and venue information. If you do not register, it is assumed that you are not going to attend and no information will be sent.

Please note that recommended contact courses may be cancelled if there are insufficient enrolments, so please register well in advance.

Registering for a contact course

Once you enrol in a paper you can register for your contact course using any of following methods:

  1. Log into MyMassey and click the MyEnrolment link and then progress to the Contact courses page. Once you have selected the course you wish to register for, progress to the Confirm and submit page and click Submit. 
  2. contacting Massey Contact

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