What will I learn?

A Lincoln University Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) qualification will give you the opportunity to not only challenge yourself to new levels of thinking and problem solving, it will give you the knowledge and skills to create new land-based knowledge that will ultimately benefit society. Our goal is to provide you with a PhD programme that will have you working alongside professional and scientific individuals and organisations, and industry, throughout New Zealand and the world. There are many, many complex issues facing the land-based sectors across the globe and Lincoln's PhDs are helping to address them. You are challenged to join these great minds to make a difference.

The Department of Environmental Management promotes the advancement of knowledge, through teaching and research, to sustainably manage the natural and human environment. Central to this is a commitment to an interdisciplinary approach, based on a wide range of staff expertise. Our graduates are in high demand for the growing number of jobs available in this field with, for example, central, regional and local government, a range of consultancy firms, and international organisations.

Environmental Policy and Management

• Coasts
• Environmental economics
• Ecosystem services
• Environmental management systems and business sustainability
• Water resources and engineering

Planning, Policy and Governance

• Cities and regions
• Energy and transport
• International development
• Resilience and sustainability
• Maori and indigenous planning

Summary of Regulations

• Students are required to complete three-years of research. Coursework is not usually a component. However, students may be asked to complete some courses, or choose to do so, especially if unfamiliar with some aspect of the proposed research topic

• Defend the PhD via an oral examination after it has been independently assessed.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Environment, Society and Design

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$7,300.00 (US$ 4,661) per year
Students must be a resident in New Zealand to pay domestic tuition fees. Those who do not meet the criteria will be charged NZ $33,500 per annum

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

Start date

17 February 2020

Venue

Lincoln University

Ellesmere Junction Road / Springs Road,

LINCOLN,

Canterbury,

7647, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To apply for a PhD, you will need an appropriate and relevant postgraduate Honours or Master’s degree awarded with at least second class honours, division one or equivalent (a grade average of a B+ or higher). IELTS academic score of 6.5 overall, with no individual component less than 6.0; TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 80 (with at least 21 in writing and 18 in Speaking); Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 176, with no individual component less than 169; Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 with no communicative score of less than 50; NZ Certificates in English Language (NZCEL) Level 5 (Academic or Professional Endorsement); Lincoln University English Language GCAE or LU EL 70%.

For international students

  • A relevant postgraduate honours degree awarded with at least second class honours, division one or its equivalent.
  • In addition, your previous qualification must include a significant research component, such as a project, dissertation or thesis.

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that your English is good enough to study successfully at university. Lincoln University recognises achievement through a limited number of recognised tests of English Language. Below are the minimum standards for entry to the programme:

  • IELTS academic score of 6.5 overall, with no individual component less than 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 80 (with at least 21 in writing and 18 in Speaking)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 176, with no individual component less than 169
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 with no communicative score of less than 50
  • Lincoln University English Language GCAE or LU EL 70%.

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About this uni

Lincoln University has a 5-star rating for employability, and graduates have a 15% higher employment rate than those from other NZ universities.

  • 5-star rating for internationalisation and inclusiveness
  • A world-class learning experience
  • Practical work experience for most programmes
  • Excellent support services that aid a smooth transition