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Research degrees

Study with our University’s world-leading researchers and make your own contribution to knowledge with a PhD or research Master’s degree.

Meet our research students

Hear from students who are part of our vibrant research community. Get a taste of the exciting and worthwhile research they are doing and find out why Victoria University of Wellington was their number one choice.

Read their stories
Two PhD students conducting a scientific experiment in a field.
Research student Sarah Bickerton.

I feel so supported by my school and supervisor here at the University. I've been given autonomy and independence, sure, but they've got my back with guidance when I need it.

Sarah Bickerton

Research student, School of Government

Research student stories
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Research degrees

Victoria University of Wellington offers research Master’s and PhDs in over 120 subject areas, as well as other specialist doctoral degrees.

Get an overview of the types of research qualifications available.

Research qualifications

Instead of just learning how a cell works we were learning how you could change a cell to solve a problem. The labs were much more research focused, doing something no one else had done before.

Alistair Brown

PhD student in Biotechnology

Research student stories

Choose us and make a difference

At Victoria University of Wellington, you’ll be pushed to think independently and inspired to succeed. Be part of our diverse and friendly community in the thriving capital.

Why choose us?

Find a supervisor

Postgraduate research students most often work under the guidance of an academic supervisor. Read about how to find one and who to contact for help.

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Research areas

We foster multidisciplinary research as well as postgraduate research in single areas. Explore research areas by one or more faculties.

Funding your study

PhD and Master’s by thesis students in all disciplines can apply for a scholarship to help fund their study.

Graduate Awards are available to Honours or Master’s by coursework students.

Explore scholarships

How to apply

Find out how to apply to become a research student—the process you’ll follow depends on the research degree you’re applying for, but you’ll be able to apply online.

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Wellington Faculty of Graduate Research

The Wellington Faculty of Graduate Research oversees all doctoral degrees at Victoria University of Wellington and supports candidates in their research.