Higher Research Degrees Application Process
Applications for Higher Research Degree study, which includes the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Education (EdD), Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD), Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) and Masters of Philosophy (MPhil), can be received at any time, but applications will only be considered three times each year. Once your application has been approved, you can choose to enrol from the first day of any month between February and November.
When you apply to undertake a Higher Research Degree, your application will be assessed to check that you meet the admission criteria for Higher Research Degree study, as well as meeting the specific entry requirements for the qualification in which you wish to enrol.
The University of Waikato Doctoral Scholarship application process is now included in the Higher Degree application process, described below. When you apply for PhD, DMA, EdD or SJD study, you will have the opportunity to indicate if you would like to be considered for a University of Waikato Doctoral scholarship.
Higher Degree Application Process
It is important to read all the information below before you complete the application to enrol (ATE)
Application closing dates
The application closing dates will be 1 March, 1 July and 1 November annually. Applications must be completed online and be received by midnight (NZ time) on the deadline of the application round for which you are applying. If your application or any required documentation arrives after one of these cut-off points, your application will be considered in the following application round.
How to apply
EligibilityCheck your eligibility
Apply onlineApply Online and submit/upload the required documents as outlined in Step 3 below.
Ensure that your two academic referees submit their letters of recommendation by the application closing date for which you are applying.
You will receive email notification of the outcome of your application and if appropriate, your scholarship application six weeks after the closing date. An offer of place in the PhD programme will only be valid for 12 months.
NOTE: All required documents must be received before the application closing date. Incomplete or incorrect application documents will not be considered.
Find out how to accept your higher research degrees offer and pay your tuition fees at Higher Research Degrees Enrolment and Payment of Fees.
Higher Degree Application Requirements
For your application to enrol (ATE) to be considered, you are required to provide the following:
A completed Supplementary Form
When submitting your ATE, you will be directed to complete an online supplementary form.Please note that the supplementary form will require that you provide the details of two academic referees. You need to arrange for these two people to send their references directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
A Statement of Research Interest
You are required to provide a statement of research interest, using the template provided in the ATE. This statement must answer the following questions and be uploaded to your ATE:
- Why do you want to study at the University of Waikato? (Your response to this question could include your thoughts on the research strengths of the University, and the names of individual staff whose work inspires you and who you would like to work with).
- What specific issue or question are you interested in? Why do you think this topic needs research?
- How might you research this issue/question? What challenges do you foresee?
- What do you plan to do when you finish your doctoral studies?
A Sample of your Academic writingYou are required to provide a sample of academic writing which must be uploaded to your ATE.
- Examples could include journal publications, academic essays or a chapter from your previous thesis. This sample of academic writing must be in English or Te Reo Māori and no longer than 4000 words.
Copies of academic transcripts and certificates for qualifications held (if not completed at the University of Waikato)For your doctoral application, you will need to provide a copy of your academic transcripts and certificates for qualifications held. All relevant qualifications gained overseas that are used to determine eligibility for enrolment in the degree, will need to be translated and authenticated in English by an approved agent, such as a Justice of the Peace, Notary Public or solicitor.
If your application is successful, you will be required to supply the School of Graduate Research (SGR) with verified copies of all official documents asked for in the application form when you arrive at the University of Waikato.
A copy of your passport
Evidence of English Language competency
Candidates seeking admission into doctoral programmes for whom English is a second language will normally be obliged to satisfy the minimum English language proficiency requirements.
Candidates may undertake one of the following English proficiency tests for admission to the University:
- TOFEL (Internet Based)
- PTE Academic
- Certificate in Attainment in Academic English
- Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes
All proficiency test results supplied for postgraduate admission must have been undertaken within the last two years at the time of application.
If your previous study was undertaken in the medium of English, you may supply a letter from the University where you completed the study. Please note however, that the study must have been for a duration of at least two years and undertaken within the last three years. If you are unable to meet this requirement then you will be required to supply evidence of English language proficiency through IELTS or another form of English language testing (as above). Applicants under this category are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Further details on the exact English language proficiency requirements can be found in the University calendar.
Finding a supervisor
You are not required to communicate with potential supervisors you are interested in studying with. It is important however, that you let us know if you have been communicating with someone. Please indicate this on the Supplementary Form. Please note that supervisors are not confirmed until advised by the School of Graduate Research, even though you may have identified or had correspondence with them.
Submitting your application
All of the above application documentation should be uploaded to the online ATE form. If it is not possible to do so, you may send your documentation to either of the addresses listed below. Email attachments must be PDF or Word files. Any other file types will not be accepted.
Te Mata Kairangi School of Graduate Research
The University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
Te Mata Kairangi School of Graduate Research
University of Waikato
FMD Mail Centre
21 Ruakura Rd
Additional information for EdD, DMA, SJD, MPhil and the Higher Doctorates (DLit, DSc, LLD)
It is important to note that international candidates studying for the EdD, DMA, SJD and MPhil are required to pay full international fees. Find out more information on International Tuition Fees.
A comprehensive research proposal should be submitted as part of your application, as the Master of Philosophy is a shorter duration of study. The proposal forms the basis of approval for enrolment in the degree; there is not a conditional period of enrolment during which the proposal may be further developed and revised. As with other higher research degrees, candidates must declare whether or not their research requires ethical approval.
The Doctor of Juridical Science comprises of one-third 'taught' papers (part 1) and two-thirds research (part 2), spread over a minimum of three years' full-time equivalent enrolment. Enrolment into part 1 of the degree requires the submission of an initial research proposal similar to that described for the PhD. Enrolment in part 2 requires a full research proposal.
The Doctor of Education comprises of one-third 'taught' papers (part 1) and two-thirds research (part 2), spread over a minimum of three years' full-time equivalent enrolment. Enrolment in part 2 of this degree requires a full research proposal similar to that described for the PhD.
The Doctor of Musical Arts degree comprises of a performance component (part 1) and a thesis component (part 2) which are completed concurrently. For initial enrolment in the degree, an initial research proposal similar to that described for the PhD is required.
HIGHER DOCTORATES (DLit, DSc, LLD)
Higher doctorates of the University are the most advanced degrees offered by the University. They are awarded on the basis of highly original and meritorious published work, usually carried out over a number of years. Further information about the application process and requirements for these degrees are available in the University Calendar.