Prospective doctoral candidates

Learn about doctoral study and research at Victoria University of Wellington, and how to apply.

Types of doctoral degree

Victoria University of Wellington awards three types of doctoral degree, find out which is right for you.

Doing a PhD with us

Discover the ins and outs of PhD research at Victoria University of Wellington—the number one research institution in New Zealand.

Why Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university. Find out why you should complete your doctoral research with us.

Qualifications required

Find out what qualifications are required to undertake doctoral study at Victoria University of Wellington.

PhD and doctoral application process

Our step-by-step guide will take you through the process of applying to do a PhD or named doctorate at Victoria University of Wellington.

Fees, funding and scholarships

Find out how much it costs to do a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington.

International students

Find out what you need to consider when preparing to come to New Zealand for doctoral study.

Starting your PhD

Learn what's expected about starting your PhD, including start dates and what to do when you arrive at Victoria University of Wellington.

Postgraduate coordinators

Each school has postgraduate coordinators who can help you make a decision about doctoral study and recommend potential supervisors.

PhD student profiles

Meet some of our current PhD students and find out about their research.