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PhD

A PhD will provide you with the opportunity to make an original research contribution in the field of study of your choosing. This work must meet internationally recognised standards in that field.

A PhD usually involves three to four years of full-time study. Entry requires a Master of Science degree with first- or second-class Honours, or a relevant BSc (Hons) degree with first- class or second- class (Division 1) Honours from a recognised institution.

A PhD will provide you with the opportunity to make an original research contribution in the field of study of your choosing. This work must meet internationally recognised standards in that field. You will be directed and supported by an appointed supervisor while engaged in your independent research study. The results of the research you carry out over the period of registration will be submitted as a thesis.


Are you interested in a PhD degree?

If you are interested in studying a PhD with us, please follow the five steps below.


Step 1: Decide whether a PhD degree is suitable for you

Our Faculty of Science Postgraduate Prospectus gives an overview of some of the research being undertaken in our departments. It also includes other information about the faculty and this university which you may find helpful.

Faculty of Science Postgraduate Prospectus


Step 2: Check our entry requirements for PhD

English Language requirements


Step 3: Check that we have academic staff working in areas of interest to you


Step 4: Complete a web-based Application for Admission (AfA)

The University of Auckland invites you to develop and submit your AfA online. This process makes the submission of an application for doctoral study straightforward and provides you with a clear channel for enquiring about doctoral study and acquiring a supervisor.

The online AfA allows for inclusion of sufficient information to enable us to assess you as a potential doctoral candidate and subsequently advise you appropriately.

We suggest you carefully read the information on this website to assist you in your choice of programme.

As the AfA is an online process, you will need to log in. If you are a student or staff member of this University, log in using you username and password. If you are new to The University of Auckland, you will need to register with us first.

Before you start to develop your online AfA, you will need to have the following information to hand and some documents in electronic format ready for uploading.

  • Your IELTS, TOEFL and TWE test scores if you have sat such tests within the last two years
  • Transcripts of your highest tertiary qualification
  • Curriculum vitae and/or resume
  • Faculty of Science Statement of Research Intent (27KB WORD)
    Please write an outline of your intended topic and areas of interest for doctoral study (minimum 250 words). When you detail your research interest, please ensure you succinctly record the area of research which particularly interests you, why you have chosen this area, and what you hope to achieve during your studies at The University of Auckland.
  • Written academic references (if available. Please note if you are successful and your qualifying degree is not from The University of Auckland, you will be required to submit these references before your registration is confirmed.)

The department will contact you directly if additional documents are required.

When you are ready, just go to Application for Admission.


Step 5: Assessment of your Application for Doctoral Study

This assessment will establish whether we have academic staff available to supervise you in your area/s of interest and that you meet the entry requirements.

If you are successful you will receive a conditional offer. At this stage you will be required to submit verified copies of your admission documents (if you have not previously studied at this university).