What will I learn?

Massey’s Doctor of Philosophy is a prestigious research qualification essential for a rewarding academic career in any research institution or university. It’s the highest supervised degree Massey University offers.

To do a PhD you need to have a passion for your subject, and pursue it to the limit.

The degree is awarded for a thesis that demonstrates the candidate's ability to carry out independent and original research that provides a significant contribution to the knowledge and understanding of a field of study.

Candidates can complete a thesis with publications or a monograph, depending on the supervisor’s advice. The programme is expected to be completed within three to four years full-time or six years part-time.

Opportunities for research and career development

PhD candidates can access the UK Vitae platform which is a world leader in supporting the professional development of researchers. Massey is the only New Zealand university that subscribes to Vitae.

We support and provide training for all candidates to participate in the annual university 3MT (Three-Minute Thesis) competition and offer lucrative prize money for the winners.

Workshops to hone your skills

Massey offers a wide range of workshops to PhD candidates.

  • Graduate Research School - develop your research skills from project management to writing a research funding application.
  • The Centre for Teaching and Learning - improve your study skills with writing support workshops.
  • Massey Library - develop as a researcher, including learning strategies for getting published and data management.

Accessible lecturers and supervisors

Massey University academic staff provide quality and caring supervision and are easily accessible. We limit our PhD enrolments to high-achieving candidates, so you’ll receive close attention and regular interaction with staff. You’ll have at least two supervisors, allowing you to benefit from a range of expertise.

Engineering:

Our researchers work collaboratively, blending disciplines to solve problems that have global impact. We leverage solutions from many areas of specialisation: from micro-electronics to detecting animal pain to using artificial intelligence in smart homes for our aging population. We are future focused, committed to helping society, communities and industry.

Research expertise

  • Chemical, bioprocess and environmental engineering
  • Electronics, information and communication systems
  • Food processing and engineering
  • Industrial management and innovation
  • Mechatronics, robotics and automation

Which department am I in?

School of Food and Advanced Technology

Study options

Full Time (3 - 4 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$7,241.00 (US$ 4,657) per year
NZ $6,480 - NZ $8,002/year. NZ Government has approved a policy for new international PhD applicants which offers international students the same level of fees as those paid by NZ domestic students

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

Start date

24 February 2020, 13 July 2020

Venue

Massey University

Manawatu Campus,

Tennent Drive,

Palmerston North,

Turitea,

4474, New Zealand

Full Time (3 - 4 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$7,241.00 (US$ 4,657) per year
NZ $6,480 - NZ $8,002/year. NZ Government has approved a policy for new international PhD applicants which offers international students the same level of fees as those paid by NZ domestic students

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

Start date

24 February 2020, 13 July 2020

Venue

Wellington Campus

Massey University Wellington,

Wallace Street,

WELLINGTON,

Mt Cook,

6021, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have equivalent or better of a relevant Bachelor's (Hons) or Master's Degree with First or Second Class Honours, Division 1 (B+ and above) with sufficient prior experience of independent research at postgraduate level. English Language Requirements: IELTS - 6.5 (no band less than 6.0); TOEFL iBT- 90 overall (min 20 in Writing); PTE Academic - 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills); Cambridge English - 180.

For international students

Enrolment for a PhD is available to candidates who have completed a Bachelors or Masters degree with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division I), or those who hold comparable qualifications.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall (min 20 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 176 overall and all bands 169 or better

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

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

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About this uni

Massey University conducts ground-breaking research and delivers outstanding learning opportunities.

  • Over 5,000 international students from around 100 countries
  • Innovative campuses in three cities
  • A wide range of programmes to choose from foundation to PhD