PhD by Thesis

Conduct advanced original research and earn a PhD with the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

The PhD thesis is a major piece of original research that demonstrates the candidate’s ability to carry out independent research and constitutes a significant and original contribution to knowledge or understanding of a field of study. As well as intelligence and an aptitude for research, the degree requires considerable dedication and tenacity.

The minimum period of registration before a PhD thesis can be submitted for examination is 36 months full-time (or equivalent).

PhD applications

Applications for PhD study can be made at any time but are considered three times a year: 1 March, 1 July, and 1 November.

The Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR) website will link you to the online application process, and provide you with details of available funding, application dates, and answers to questions you may have about what is involved in undertaking a PhD.

Your acceptance will depend on a number of factors, including your previous qualifications and experience, the suitability of your topic for PhD studies, and our capacity to supervise you and your topic.

If you have graduated from a New Zealand university, you will need a Bachelor’s degree with Honours or a Master’s degree, with an overall GPA or no less than 6 (letter grade B+) to apply to enrol for a PhD. Enrolment will be subject to the availability of supervisors and the approval of the Associate Dean.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email the Doctoral Admissions staff.

Apply for PhD study

Information for current students

Take a look at the Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR) website to find: