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PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Science

New Zealand

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What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the University’s highest qualification. The degree is undertaken by research only and leads to advanced academic and theoretical knowledge in a specialist area.

The PhD is suitable for students who want to pursue an academic or research career, or a senior position in the public or private sector. Doctoral studies present you with the opportunity to generate new ideas that can benefit business and society. You will make a significant original contribution to knowledge and understanding in your field of study and meet recognised international standards for your work.

AUT's academic supervisors are recognised world-class researchers in their fields who have the expert knowledge to guide and advise you throughout your PhD.

Study science at AUT and develop the skills to build a rewarding career, undertake scientific research and contribute to a sustainable future. Our students tell us that our commitment to them makes science at AUT a place where they feel they belong.

Career opportunities

It is expected that graduates with a Doctor of Philosophy will have gained the necessary skills and qualifications to follow an academic or research career.

Alternatively, your research topic may lead you to a position of expertise in your chosen field.

The opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills you gain through a PhD will be extensive, both in industry and academia.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$40,600.00 (US$ 25,255) per year
Fees are subject to change year to year.

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

Application deadline

1 February 2023, 1 April 2023, 1 July 2023, 1 November 2023

More details

Start date

1 February 2023, 1 May 2023, 1 July 2023, 1 October 2023

Venue

Auckland University of Technology

AUT City Campus,

55 Wellesley Street East,

AUCKLAND,

Auckland Central,

1010, New Zealand

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$40,600.00 (US$ 25,255) per year
Fees are subject to change year to year.

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

Application deadline

1 February 2023, 1 April 2023, 1 July 2023, 1 November 2023

More details

Start date

1 February 2023, 1 May 2023, 1 July 2023, 1 October 2023

Venue

AUT South Campus

MB Building,

640 Great South Road,

AUCKLAND,

Manukau,

2025, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must normally have completed the following in a discipline appropriate to the proposed research: A master’s degree with honours; or a bachelor’s degree with honours (equivalent to four years of study); The degree must normally have been gained at the standard of first class or second class (first division) honours from this University or a recognised equivalent. The degree should include advanced learning in research, execution of a research project and a written report on the research. English Language requirements: Minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; TOEFL iBT score of 90; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with A grade; GIE with B+ grade; CAE minimum overall score of 176; PTE minimum overall score of 58.

For international students

Must normally have completed the following in a discipline appropriate to the proposed research:

  • Master’s degree with honours OR
  • Bachelor’s degree with honours (equivalent to 4 years of study)

The degree must normally have been gained at the standard of first class or second class (first division) honours from this University or a recognised equivalent.

The degree should include advanced learning in research, execution of a research project and a written report on the research.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with 7.0 in Writing and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL iBT score of 90; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with A grade; GIE with B+ grade; CAE minimum overall score of 176; PTE minimum overall score of 58.

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

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