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Postgraduate by Research (Thesis)

21 June 2024

These qualifications offer you extensive investigation of a topic through independant study (thesis).


What is Postgraduate Research?

Postgraduate study by Research (Thesis) is advanced academic inquiry pursued by students completing research master's or doctoral degrees.

It involves systematic investigation of a topic within a field, going beyond coursework to include independent study, critical analysis, and original contributions.

The aim is to publish a thesis, advance knowledge, and prepare for careers in academia, industry, or other fields.

Why do postgraduate research at UC?

World-class facilities

UC has world-leading facilities and technology, as well as the most extensive network of field stations of any other university in Aotearoa.

World-leading researchers

With over 900 academic staff across 7 faculties, UC secured $69M in external research income and produced 1,705 Scopus-indexed research outputs in 2023.

Wraparound support

Te Kura Tāura | UC Graduate School empowers students to produce impactful, future-focused research with extensive support and development opportunities, ensuring their success and readiness for diverse careers.

Research Careers: Transform Your Future, Transform the World

Graduate research study could be the ticket to a more influential and interesting career, whether it be in research or leadership roles, or lead to you having the knowledge and practice to effect positive change. UC students gain more than just intellectual skills and professional knowledge; our graduates are work-ready, culturally aware, willing to play an active role in the community, and globally connected.

Graduate research study can provide you with:

  • specialist skills and applied experience.
  • enhanced knowledge in topics you care about.
  • entry into specific occupations.
  • the opportunity to conduct original research that contributes to knowledge in that field.
  • smaller classes and closer links with staff.
  • evidence of high academic attainment and self-discipline.
  • a mark of independent research capability and original thought.
  • a marketable qualification that could make you more employable and in many cases more financially secure. Research shows that studying at the graduate level (master’s and doctoral) could give students a salary advantage.
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