Become a research student

The University of Canterbury's research solves real world problems. As an emerging researcher, at UC you can kickstart your career, benefit New Zealand and build the world's store of fundamental knowledge.

Find out how to become a research student at UC, explore our research projects and expert staff to find what fits your area of interest, see what other research students think of UC and find out how to fund your study.

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How to become a research student

Find our research projects and how to apply for research study.

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Find a supervisor

Find a supervisor with a mutual interest in your research topic, who can guide your research study.


Research opportunities

Find out more about postgraduate research opportunities, including joining an existing (funded) PhD or Doctoral project.

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Student profiles

Find out what being a research student at UC is like from some of our students and alumni.

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Current projects

See the kind of research projects currently in progress at UC that you could be a part of.

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Scholarships, grants and awards are a great way of funding your research study.

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Self-funded students

Many students fund their course fees and living costs themselves or together with university funding.

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Postgraduate life at UC

Postgraduate study can be a whole different experience than study as an undergraduate.