Doctor of Philosophy

The Wellington Faculty of Graduate Research (WFGR) provides a first contact point for all students enrolling in a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington. Admission into the PhD programme is granted to selected applicants whose preparation, experience, and interests fit well with the interests and resources in the School of Psychology.

Entry requirements

Students applying for entry into our PhD programme should have:

  • demonstrated academic merit at undergraduate level
  • have an Honours degree (or equivalent) and/or been awarded a Masters degree in psychology (or have sufficient relevant background as determined by the head of school)
  • completed a research methods and statistics course such as PSYC 232 and PSYC 242 or equivalent.
  • demonstrated research experience and skill of A- average as shown in PSYC 489 or equivalent.

International students may also be required to meet the University's English language requirements.


There is a centralised admissions process for all PhD admissions through the WFGR.

Applicants are encouraged to make contact with potential supervisors before they submit their application. The deadlines for applying for admission are:

  • 1 March
  • 1 July
  • 1 November.

Additional information

PhD students will be provisionally enrolled for the first 6–12 months of their candidature, during which time they will undergo orientation and other training, as well as write and defend their research proposal.


For more information about the PhD programme first refer to the Wellington Faculty of Graduate Research website and then Lynley Kadesi, the Psychology Postgraduate Administrator, for any other enquiries.

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Lynley Kadesi

Administrator, Graduate Programmes
School of Psychology