#1 for research intensity
Study for a research Master’s or doctoral degree at New Zealand’s number one university for intensity of high-quality research.
Applications for PhD admission are considered three times a year—apply by 1 March, 1 July, or 1 November. For the application dates of our research Master’s and other doctoral degrees, check the individual qualifications.
We offer research Master’s and a PhD in over 120 subject areas, as well as other specialist doctoral degrees.
Explore Research qualifications
We foster multidisciplinary research as well as postgraduate research in single areas. Explore research areas by one or more faculties.
Architecture and design
The Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation is a leading centre for research in architecture, building science and design in New Zealand.
Arts and humanities
Be part of the vibrant and stimulating culture of arts and humanities research in the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Business and government
Research at Wellington School of Business and Government contributes to more effective government policy and better business practice throughout New Zealand.
Research in the Wellington Faculty of Education is focused on improving policy and practice across the education sector.
Complete your research degree at the Wellington Faculty of Engineering—join a school with an international reputation in computer and electronic engineering.
The Wellington Faculty of Health provides innovation in health teaching and research, with the aim of improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities.
Join the law school ranked top in New Zealand for the quality of its research, and study in the heart of the capital city’s legal and political district.
Research is at the heart of the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences—explore new ideas and challenge old ones, to contribute to a better world.
Join one of New Zealand’s top research institutions—at the Wellington Faculty of Science you’ll be part of a lively environment fostering world-leading research
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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.