Doctor of Philosophy
The UC Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a research-only degree, carried out under expert supervision and using world-class facilities. At UC you can complete a PhD in over 70 subjects, joining over 1,000 students from more than 60 nations.
A PhD involves extensive, sustained, and original research in your chosen subject, with the results being presented in a thesis that will contribute to intellectual knowledge of the field. It is a mark of intellectual ability, self-discipline, and commitment. A PhD prepares you for a number of careers, including as an academic.
- In addition to expert supervision, UC provides all doctoral students with opportunities to gain transferable skills in areas including communication of research, networking, career planning, databases, statistical analysis, ethics, professional practice, and cultural awareness.
- UC has a number of unique research facilities, collections, resources, and field stations; many of which are renowned globally. Please see the Research website to find out more about these resources.
- The University has a thriving postgraduate research community which includes clubs and associations that students can join for social interaction and support. See the Postgraduate students website for information.
- To find out more about the research interests of staff, start by searching the database in the UC Research Profile. UC Research Profile provides information about individual researchers, the projects they are working on, the research groups they belong to, the specialist equipment that they use for research, and their affiliations.
- There are many benefits for international students studying towards a PhD in Aotearoa New Zealand, such as the possibility to work while studying, apply for a work visa once graduated, pay domestic student fees, and school and work benefits for your partner and children.
Enrolment in a PhD requires completion of a research-focused honours or master’s degree, at First or Second Class (Division I) Honours or Distinction level (or equivalent qualifications).
Applicants with qualifications from outside Aotearoa New Zealand must have been granted admission to the University. Our admissions team, in consultation with the host department, look at your qualifications and transcripts to ensure that you have the background required to complete a PhD. It is possible that you may be required to complete preparatory courses prior to or after admission into a PhD programme.
In exceptional circumstances applicants without the typical academic background, but who can demonstrate the ability to pursue a PhD, may be admitted at the discretion of the Dean of Postgraduate Research.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
One or more courses or research may require vaccination
The government has announced new vaccination requirements for the health and education sectors. At UC, our programmes are strongly connected to our communities of practice. For many of our programmes, you will not be able to complete research or practice-oriented courses if you are not vaccinated. This is due to research/practice taking place in health centres and schools/kura where all employees and volunteers are required to be vaccinated.
You may begin your PhD on the first day of any month of the year. Study and research for the PhD is regarded as a full-time occupation throughout the calendar year.
The minimum period of enrolment for full-time study is 3 years and the maximum period 4 years. There are provisions to apply for part-time study, in which case the minimum period is 4.5 years, and you should complete your thesis within 6 years.
Contact the relevant department for information about these subject areas:
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2022||120||Annual fee based on 120 points per year||$7,220 - $8,697|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2022||120||Annual fee for those residing in NZ||$7,220 - $8,697||$6,278 - $7,563|
|2022||120||Annual fee for those residing offshore||$33,000 - $45,000||$28,696 - $39,130|
|2023||120||Annual fee for those residing in NZ||TBC||TBC|
|2023||120||Annual fee for those residing offshore||TBC||TBC|
For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Doctor of Philosophy.
For study planning help, contact the Dean of Postgraduate Research or the Postgraduate Office:
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