What will I learn?

The PhD is a globally recognised postgraduate research degree, the highest level of degree you can achieve. PhD students are critical, curious, creative thinkers who undertake original research over at least 3 years. As well as your supervised original research, through your doctoral programme you will have opportunities to expand and develop your personal and professional skills. Doctoral candidates present their work at local and international conferences, and are encouraged to network and collaborate with a wide range of experts in their research field.

This course is also offered at overseas.

Environmental Science

From studying the environmental effects of human activity and learning how to preserve and restore our natural heritage, to applying scientific knowledge and skills to prevent environmental problems - Environmental Science seeks to better manage our environment and resources.

Your study will focus on real-world problems and the application of science to understand environmental issues alongside techniques used in policy and planning for sustainable development, computer modelling of environmental problems, and conservation project management techniques.

Where can Environmental Science take you?

Our Environmental Science graduates are employed in a diverse range of careers in research and development, including local and regional government and non-governmental organisations.

Programme structure

The University of Auckland PhD is a three-to-four year full-time advanced research degree.

On entry to the PhD programme, you will be enrolled provisionally. By the end of your first year, you must meet a number of goals to be confirmed into the PhD programme, including developing a full thesis proposal. After confirmation, you will continue to work on your research before submitting your thesis for examination after three years and within four years of your start date. The examination process includes an oral exam.

As part of your PhD study, you can take part in our doctoral skills programme, designed to help you achieve success in your research and develop skills for your future. We have a dedicated postgraduate careers advisor, and our library service includes specialist subject librarians to help you in your research. The central School of Graduate Studies provides dedicated support and advice for the doctoral community.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$7,108.80 (3,73,058) per year
To be eligible for the domestic fee, PhD students must reside in New Zealand for the duration of their doctoral programme.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 February 2022

Venue

University of Auckland

City Campus,

Alfred Nathan House, 24 Princes Street,

AUCKLAND CITY,

Auckland Central,

1010, New Zealand

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$7,108.80 (3,73,058) per year
To be eligible for the domestic fee, PhD students must reside in New Zealand for the duration of their doctoral programme.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 February 2022

Venue

Newmarket Campus

314-390 Khyber Pass Road,

AUCKLAND,

Newmarket,

1023, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

You must have completed a significant research project, dissertation or thesis, at university level. You need to have completed a postgraduate bachelors (honours) degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours, or a masters degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours in a relevant field. English language requirements: IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands below 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 575 and an Essay (TWE) of 4.5; C1 Advanced (CAE) or C2 Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

For international students

Masters-level qualification or the equivalent of a bachelor's degree with honours

Evidence of significant research, usually undertaken as part of prior study

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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