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Doctor of Philosophy

  • Doctorate (PhD)

Massey's Doctor of Philosophy is a prestigious research qualification essential for a rewarding academic career in any research institution or university. It's the highest supervised degree Massey University offers.

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Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)

About this course

Massey's Doctor of Philosophy is a prestigious research qualification essential for a rewarding academic career in any research institution or university. It's the highest supervised degree Massey University offers.

To do a PhD you need to have a passion for your subject, and pursue it to the limit.

The degree is awarded for a thesis that demonstrates the candidate's ability to carry out independent and original research that provides a significant contribution to the knowledge and understanding of a field of study.

Candidates can complete a thesis with publications or a monograph, depending on the supervisor's advice. The programme is expected to be completed within three to four years full-time or six years part-time.

Entry requirements

Enrolment for a PhD is available to candidates who have completed a postgraduate bachelor's (honours) or master's degree with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division I), B+ equivalent, or those who hold comparable qualifications.

Massey University's Doctoral Research Committee administers the PhD. The Committee will only allow registration if the relevant Head of School/Centre has agreed to provide supervision and facilities for the candidate's research.

Candidates interested in this programme should consult with the postgraduate coordinator for the specific subject area.

The Graduate Research School provides administrative and management services for doctoral degrees.

Note: International students are required to have appropriate insurance cover. Massey has a default cover, StudentSafe, which is the preferred insurance provider.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Study locations

Auckland

Manawatu

Wellington