Postgraduate Studies

Find out about taught postgraduate courses, the support available to students and what programme is best suited to your goals and aspirations in one of our upcoming information sessions.

A postgraduate qualification from the University of Waikato will set you up for where the world is going. As a research intensive university with strong links to industry the University of Waikato provides the ideal environment for undertaking postgraduate study.

Taught or research-based study

Postgraduate study can be taught or research-based. A taught degree is a structured programme of study that consists of papers taught in lectures. Taught degrees are intended to develop knowledge or technique in a particular area of study. Research-based degrees offer you the opportunity to complete independent study and to explore a research topic with the assistance of a supervisor.

Higher degrees

If you are interested in undertaking research, the University of Waikato can support you by offering leading research facilities and supervision under some of New Zealand's leading researchers, check out our higher degrees research page for more information.

Higher research degrees application process

Applications for Higher Research Degree study can be received at any time and you can begin your study as soon as your enrolment has been confirmed.

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 criteria for the qualification in which you wish to enrol.

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 supervision

The University is responsible for providing suitable supervision for student research. Find out all you’ll need to know about supervision.


The University of Waikato is one of New Zealand's major research organisations, playing a key role in the New Zealand economy and making a significant contribution to the international innovation system. Find out more about our Research & Expertise.

Postgraduate scholarships

The University of Waikato offers more than 70 scholarships for postgraduate study, including for both research and taught.

Postgraduate Students' Association

The Postgraduate Students’ Association (PGSA) represents all postgraduate interests at the University of Waikato. The PGSA works towards improving conditions at the University so that your postgraduate experience is positive and rewarding.

Postgraduate study guide

Download a copy of our postgraduate study guide for all you need to know about postgraduate study at Waikato.

Further information