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
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.Get details
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
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.Find out more