Faculty of Engineering

Step 1: Check if you're eligible

Although acceptance into a PhD is based mostly on academic merit, you need to check all requirements before taking the next step.

Six Steps for Applying for PhD Research in the Faculty of Engineering

To be eligible, you should have a proven background of academic merit. Also, you must demonstrate a proven ability to carry out research independently and possess a high level of critical research skill and theoretical understanding.

You can get an idea of the standard of research output that we we expect, by looking at masters and doctoral theses in your area of specialisation. Have a look on the FindaThesis database. 

Additionally, acceptance is also subject to the availability of staff for supervision and the appropriate facilities.


Academic achievement

To be eligible for the PhD programme, you should have:

  • A Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree with first class or second class (division 1).
  • An engineering masters degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours.

From either the University of Auckland or a recognised institution with an equivalent recognised qualification.


English language proficiency

If you are applying from international education provider and English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency with:

• An IELTS or other approved English language test score, or

• The successful completion of an English language pathway programme (FCertEAP or EPPS) offered by the University of Auckland’s English Language Academy (ELA).  For further details, please see the ELA website:  www.ela.auckland.ac.nz


Minimum proficiency requirements

• Academic IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; or

• FCertEAP with B-; or

• EPPS with B.  


More information

FCertEAP:  www.ela.auckland.ac.nz/course-fcerteap-10

EPPS:    www.ela.auckland.ac.nz/course-epps-49


2011 Statute and Guidelines for the PhD (Updated 2014)
This document includes guidelines explaining how this statute is applied and what procedures are involved in PhD registration. (393.3 kB, PDF)

html The University Calendar: Statutes for the PhD (85 KB HTML) 
View the statute as published in The University of Auckland Calendar.

html Academic Statutes and Regulations (15 KB HTML)