The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree involves extensive, sustained and original research and study, with the results being presented in a thesis which will contribute to the intellectual knowledge of the field. Enrolment in a PhD requires completion of an Honours or Master’s degree to a high standard (typically first-class or second-class division one). You must have completed an independent research project/dissertation or thesis as part of your previous degree/s.
Many of SERC's PhD students have an Electrical and Electronic Engineering background, but some have a background in Computer Science and Software Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Occasionally we have students from other areas of science. If we find there is mutual interest in a topic, SERC will find the most appropriate academic department and co-supervisor for you to work with.
The first step is to read about our research and see if your areas of interest are covered by SERC's research.
- See SERC's research areas.
- Look at SERC's UC Spark research group page.
Next, find out which SERC staff are involved in your area of interest and get in contact with them to see if there is mutual interest in a research topic.
- Browse the list of SERC staff to find potential supervisors.
Then investigate the scholarships and other support that are available to help you study at SERC.
- See the SERC Scholarships and other support page
- Contact the UC Scholarships Office for more information:
Phone +64 3 369 3458; +64 3 369 3460; +64 3 369 3394
Location Student Service Centre, level 1, Matariki
Finally, to take the next step to apply to study at SERC:
- Follow the steps on the UC College of Engineering postgraduate study application page to apply.
- Contact SERC to introduce yourself to the most likely staff member who will become your supervisor or if you have a general inquiry about studying at SERC.
For further information about the UC PhD programme see:
- The UC PhD degrees page.