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.

Applicants to most doctoral programmes at Victoria University of Wellington should follow the instructions in this section, but some programmes may have additional requirements.

If you are currently studying for a Master’s thesis at Victoria University of Wellington, you may be able to upgrade from a Master’s to a PhD.

Your application must be completed by 4.30 pm (NZ time) on the deadline of your chosen application round. If your application or any required documentation is received after one of these cut-off points, you will need to import your application in the following application round. We strongly advise that you apply as early as possible.

These deadlines don’t apply to the International Institute of Modern Letters, which only considers applications once a year, 1 July.

How to apply

Applications for the July Round are now closed. The November 2020 Application Round will open later in July.

How to apply, step-by-step

Follow this guide to ensure your doctoral application is completed correctly.

Certified copies of official documents

Before you can be admitted as a doctoral student, you must supply us with certified paper copies of all official documents.

Incomplete applications

Your application will only be processed if all completed documentation, including references, is received by 4.30 pm (NZ) on the closing date of the application

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