Doctor of Philosophy

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded by the University for research carried out under the supervision of at least two staff members. A PhD can also be presented as a PhD with Publication or a PhD with a Creative Practice Component.

Joanna Bishop

A single mum before starting university, Joanna studied natural therapies before deciding to further her interest in anatomy and physiology by enrolling in a Bachelor of Science at Waikato. She then moved to anthropology, completing a graduate diploma and Masters, finishing off with a PhD in history.

Season-Mary Downs

I was born and raised in Moerewa in the Bay of Islands, Northland. I attended Bay of Islands College before I commenced undergraduate study at the University of Waikato in 2004. In 2008 I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws.

Steve Farnworth

I studied history at Victoria University of Wellington and graduated with honours. I worked as a charitable fundraiser, then as a fitter/turner before earning my diploma of teaching from the Auckland College of Education. I taught mathematics for six years before coming to the University of Waikato to study law in 2005. I graduated with first class honours and was admitted to the bar in 2008. I worked as a solicitor in Hamilton before returning to Waikato to complete my LLM (hons) in 2011. At Waikato I was a tutor for two years, teaching Jurisprudence, Equity and Crimes.

Zuwati Hasim

Applied Linguistics
Zuwati is an expert in the field of language assessment – a crucial issue for teachers, especially in her home country Malaysia.

Jocelyn Lee

Applied Linguistics
Finding new ways to engage second language learners was a key focus of Jocelyn’s research when she was completing her PhD at the University of Waikato.

Peter Longdill

Earth Sciences
A University of Waikato science graduate is in the Middle East working to reduce the environmental impacts of a major sea port project.

Vincent Malcolm-Buchanan

Māori and Pacific Development
I came to the University of Waikato as a mature student ready to ramp up my career. I completed a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Sciences (with Honours), and a Master of Social Sciences (with Honours), and am now completing my PhD on the topic of Māori artefacts and indigenous funeral processes.

Jeremy Mayall

Since beginning his Bachelor of Music in 2004, and later graduating with his PhD, Jeremy has amassed a serious amount of accolades as a performer and composer.

Keriata Paterson

Māori and Pacific Development
Most of Keriata’s academic training has been at Waikato University where she attained a BSocSci (1988); MSocSci (1992 with First Class Honours) and DipPsych (Clin) (1995).

Jonathan Puddick

Jonathan specialises in analytical biochemistry and uses analytical techniques to understand the biochemistry of cyanobacteria and algae.

Rogena Sterling

After some changes in my personal circumstances, it was time to start a new challenge. I decided to study law. Initially, I planned to get my LLB and go to practice immediately afterward.

Michael Taiapa

"Ko te reo Māori, he matapihi ki te ao Māori. Mō konei rā, ka riro mā tāua nei kia kore ai tēnei matapihi e kati" "The Māori language is the window to the Māori culture.

Jackie Tuaupiki

Māori and Pacific Development
Jackie's PhD explores waka navigation in the Pacific and the changing perspectives on the significance and function of observable natural phenomena. Two parts form the focus of this research.

The research, which must be the candidate's own work, is written up as a thesis, and may include papers published or intended to be published. The thesis is required to present the case for the research, outline the research undertaken and the findings and conclusions of that research. There is no course work for this degree.

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Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty All
Years 4
Domestic Fees $5,900-$6,266 per year
International Fees $28,675 - $37,710 per year *New international students may be eligible for domestic fees
Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment - please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.


These are all the subjects available for the Doctor of Philosophy

Applied Linguistics
Biological Sciences
Computer Science
Development Studies
Earth Sciences
Environmental Planning
Environmental Sciences
Human Resource Management
International Relations and Security Studies
Labour Studies
Management and Sustainability
Management Systems
Maori Media and Communication
Materials and Processing
Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori
Māori Language/Te Reo Māori
Political Science
Population Studies
Population Studies and Demography
Public Relations
Screen and Media Studies
Sport, Health and Human Performance
Strategic Management
Theatre Studies
Tourism Management
Women's and Gender Studies

Scholarships and prizes

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Candidates making enquiries about the PhD programme need sufficient information to make an informed choice about their study plans. The Graduate Advisor in the appropriate Faculty/School can be approached for initial advice on these matters. Our Staff Profiles are another useful resource.

PhD Regulations

Domestic Research Student Application Process
International Research Student Application Process

School of Graduate Research


School of Graduate Research
The School of Graduate Research is located in W Building (the old Law School), University of Waikato, Hamilton
Website: School of Graduate Research (Domestic Enquiries)
Phone: +64 7 858 5096

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