Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Find out about the Wellington Faculty of Engineering's PhD programme, and how to enrol through the Faculty of Graduate Research.
A PhD is an advanced research qualification carried out under academic supervision and is the highest degree offered by the Wellington Faculty of Engineering.
The PhD thesis is a major piece of original research that demonstrates your ability to carry out independent research and constitutes a significant and original contribution to knowledge or understanding in a field of study. As well as intelligence and an aptitude for research, you will need considerable dedication and tenacity.
The minimum period of registration before a PhD thesis can be submitted for examination is 36 months full-time (or part-time equivalent).
You will normally need to have either an Honours or Masters degree in Engineering or Computer Science, or a closely related discipline, with at least Second Class (First Division) Honours.
In some circumstances, you may be able to begin a Master of Engineering by thesis or Master of Science by thesis degree and later upgrade to a PhD.
As part of the application process, you will need to propose (in general terms) a research project that can be supervised by a member of Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington staff.
We expect that preparing a good research proposal will require you to do background reading—and engage in discussion with prospective supervisors.
You may want to consider approaching researchers in the:
- School of Engineering and Computer Science,
- Robinson Research Institute, or
- Computational Media Innovation Centre.
Admission to the Faculty of Engineering's PhD programme is subject to the availability of a suitable supervisor, and requires the approval of the Associate Dean (Postgraduate Research).
A number of factors will be considered, including your previous qualifications and experience, the suitability of your topic for PhD studies, and our capacity to supervise you and your topic.