Faculty of Engineering


Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD is a programme of advanced research that typically takes three to four years to complete.

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Quick facts
Points per degree Thesis
Full-time study 3-4 years
Structure Research
Applications close Applications may be submitted at any time of the year
Start date PhDs can be started at any time of the year

Outline and entry requirements


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a programme of advanced, independent and original research that is carried out under qualified supervision. You can pursue a PhD in a variety of engineering fields, and you will be supported by an appointed supervisor while engaged in independent research.

You will produce a thesis that describes a coherent piece of research work carried out over the period of registration, which must prove to be an oiginal contribution to the body of intellectual knowledge in your field, and meet recognised international standards.

You may apply for a PhD with the Faculty of Engineering after being awarded with either a bachelors or masters degree with First Class Honours or Second Class (Division 1).

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Fees and money matters


  • Find out more about your tuition fees here.
  • PhD students are encouraged to apply for the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship.
  • There are a variety of other scholarships available for postgraduate students across the University. Find out more here.