What will I learn?

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded by the University for research carried out under the supervision of at least two staff members. A PhD can also be presented as a PhD with Publication or a PhD with a Creative Practice Component. The research, which must be the candidate's own work, is written up as a thesis, and may include papers published or intended to be published. The thesis is required to present the case for the research, outline the research undertaken and the findings and conclusions of that research. There is no course work for this degree.

Finance is all about achieving the best return relative to risk, and helping organisations add value for their shareholders. Studying Finance at Waikato University will prepare you for highly paid positions in the financial and business sectors anywhere in the world.

Finance at Waikato is focused on money management, investments, banking and credit, the share, bond and commodity markets, and financial analysis and decision making. You'll learn about corporate finance, portfolio selection, capital markets, corporate finance, personal financial planning, and the governance of public and private organisations.

If you enjoy mathematics, accounting, economics, and using analytical tools to find the meaning behind numbers, than finance may be the right fit for you.

Career opportunities

  • Commercial and investment banker
  • Corporate banker
  • Corporate finance specialist
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial manager
  • Financial planner
  • Merchant banker
  • Merger and acquisition specialist
  • Share broker
  • Stockbroker
  • Treasury specialist

Start Date: The first day of any month from February to November

Which department am I in?

Waikato Management School

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$31,630.00 (US$ 20,727) per year
New international students may be eligible to pay domestic New Zealand annual tuition fees: NZ $6,578

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

Start date

February 2020, March 2020, April 2020, May 2020, June 2020, July 2020, August 2020, September 2020, October 2020, November 2020

Venue

Hamilton Campus

Gate 1, Knighton Road,

HAMILTON,

Hillcrest,

3216, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a bachelors with honours or masters degree with a research component of at least 30 points and have achieved at least Second Class Honours (First Division) or Distinction. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 22 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - 65 with no less than 58 for each communicative skill; Waikato Pathways - Successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic (CAAE) Programme.

For international students

A bachelors with honours or masters degree with a research component of at least 30 points and have achieved at least Second Class Honours (First Division) or Distinction.

You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows: IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in any band); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Waikato Pathways - successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic (CAAE) programme.

Note: Application closing dates will be 31st January, 31st May and 30th September.

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About this uni

The University of Waikato is an internationally recognised institution whose students benefit from a high-quality, industry-aligned education.

  • Ranks 266th in QS World University Rankings 2020
  • 93% of students are highly satisfied with teaching quality
  • Among top 500 as per THE World University Rankings 2019
  • Awarded QS Five stars for facilities