PhD studies

University of Auckland

Program Description

PhD studies

University of Auckland

PhD studies

At the University of Auckland, International PhD students pay the same fees as New Zealand students. With an annual PhD tuition fee of approximately US$4,450*, the University of Auckland offers exceptional value to PhD candidates looking for a high quality qualification from a top 100** university.

The University of Auckland offers a PhD degree in 100 different subjects, in the areas of the arts, business, education, engineering, science, law, medical and health sciences, and creative arts (such as architecture, dance, fine arts, music and urban planning).

As a research-led university, the University of Auckland places a lot of emphasis on the research roles of our academic staff and postgraduate students. The University supports the work of over 60 research units, centres and institutes including two internationally-renowned Large Scale Research Institutes: the Liggins Institute and the Auckland Bioengineering Institute.

Internationally, the University is a member of three prestigious research-led university consortia: Universitas 21, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities and the Worldwide Universities Network. This provides a strong platform to staff and students for international recognition and research collaboration.

*Based on 2016 PhD fee, at an exchange rate of NZ$1.00:US$0.66 as at 7 January 2016.

**The University of Auckland is ranked 82nd= in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16. See

Benefits of Studying your PhD in New Zealand

  • Low fees – only US$4,450 per year*.
  • Your spouse or partner may apply for an open work visa valid for the duration of your PhD programme.
  • Your dependent children are classified as domestic students and can attend New Zealand’s free primary and secondary schools.
  • As a full-time international PhD student you may work in New Zealand while studying.
  • On completion of your PhD, you may apply for a 12-month post-study work visa. If you find a suitable job in your chosen field, you may then apply for a two-year post-study work visa (employer assisted).
  • You can apply for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship which covers fees plus an annual stipend of up to NZ$25,000 for recipients.

*Based on 2016 PhD fee, at an exchange rate of NZ$1.00:US$0.66 as at 7 January 2016.

Degree structure

Directed by an appointed supervisor, the PhD programme is three to four years of full-time research, which you must present in a thesis to be assessed by external examiners. Many students publish aspects of their research while enrolled for their PhD. This is encouraged, but not required. Publications done under supervision for the PhD may be included in the thesis.

Academic requirements

Candidates for PhD study at the University of Auckland are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Generally, you must have completed the equivalent of a masters degree with first class or second class honours from a recognised institution, but the University can admit candidates with a bachelors honours postgraduate degree or postgraduate diploma if there is evidence of exceptional academic merit.

You will need to submit the following for your application to be assessed:

  • Relevant academic transcripts and the grading scale for the university where you have studied.
  • Statement of Research Intent
  • CV or résumé
  • If English is not your first language, any approved English language test scores from the last two years
  • Some programmes may also require a creative portfolio.

English requirements

To be eligible for entrance, international students must achieve:

  • Academic IELTS 6.5, with no band less than 6.0
  • or
  • TOEFL (paper-based) 575 (TWE 4.5)
  • or
  • TOEFL (internet-based) 90 (written 21)
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 2, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Mar. 2017
3 - 4 years
Part time
Full time
6,700 NZD
Start date Mar. 2017
New Zealand Auckland
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 3 - 4 years
Price 6,700 NZD
per year