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What will I learn?

The PhD is a globally recognised postgraduate research degree and the highest level of degree you can achieve. PhD students are critical, curious, creative thinkers who undertake original research over at least 3 years.

This course is also offered at overseas locations.

Perinatal Science:

Perinatal Science is the study of all aspects of maternal and child health from pre-conception through to early childhood.

Subject overview

Perinatal science combines basic science and clinical research to investigate all aspects of early life development. This includes changes in the maternal environment (for example nutrition) and complications of pregnancy. Research in this area is about identifying the factors that impact a child’s long-term health, and pinpointing the determinants of a long, healthy life. An important part of perinatal science is identifying opportunities for intervention prior to conception and in early life, and translating these research findings into changes in clinical practice.

The Liggins Institute at the University’s Grafton campus is a centre of research excellence in the field of perinatal science. Based opposite Auckland City Hospital, you’ll be supervised by practising clinicians and widely published academic staff with expertise ranging from paediatrics to physiology. It’s this cross-disciplinary approach that uniquely places us to view human health problems from multiple angles.

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.

Where could this programme take you?

Our PhD graduates are successful in a wide range of fields and careers, as well as the traditional academic research career path. The PhD gives you extensive specialist and transferable skills, which are sought after in many sectors, including industry and government, and can even help you to develop entrepreneurship skills to run your own startup.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$7,329.60 (US$ 5,240) per year
To be eligible for the domestic fee, PhD students must reside in New Zealand for the duration of their doctoral programme. (This fee is for 2021 and it may subject to change for the coming year)

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

Start date

1 December 2021, 6 January 2022, 28 February 2022, 18 July 2022

Venue

Grafton Campus

85 Park Road,

AUCKLAND,

Grafton,

1023, New Zealand

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$7,329.60 (US$ 5,240) per year
To be eligible for the domestic fee, PhD students must reside in New Zealand for the duration of their doctoral programme. (This fee is for 2021 and it may subject to change for the coming year)

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

Start date

1 December 2021, 6 January 2022, 28 February 2022, 18 July 2022

Venue

Epsom Campus

74 Epsom Avenue,

AUCKLAND,

Epsom,

1023, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

You must have completed a significant research project such as a dissertation or thesis, at university level. You need to have completed a postgraduate bachelors (honours) degree with a University of Auckland equivalent B+ grade, or a masters degree with a University of Auckland equivalent B+ grade in a relevant field. Grade Point Equivalent (GPE) calculator: Grades or marks achieved at other institutions are given a Grade Point Equivalent (GPE) on the University’s 0-9 grading scale. If you have overseas qualifications you will typically need a GPE of 6.0 to obtain entry. IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; 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.

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 and no bands less than 6.0; 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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