Fees & Financial Matters

At Te Piringa - Faculty of Law we recognise that although a postgraduate qualification is a valuable investment in your future, making the choice to further your education means that you will need to think carefully about how to pay tuition fees and living expenses while you are studying. Here you will find information on fees and financial support.

Tuition Fees

Domestic student

International student

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

All new international PhD students, studying full-time, may be eligible to pay Domestic New Zealand annual tuition fees. PhD fees are not subject to fixed fee grandparenting, and may be subject to annual increase.

To hold domestic student status, international Doctor of Philosophy students must be resident in New Zealand during their study, except for temporary absences for the purposes of their research. A student enrolled in a New Zealand university but remaining resident overseas does not have domestic student status.


Although it is expected that those students enrolled in full-time study will work full time on their studies, Te Piringa - Faculty of Law also recognise that many graduate students will want to work part-time to support themselves through University.

The Faculty offers modest amounts of casual employment opportunities within the Faculty such as tutoring, computer assistance, administrative assistance, and/or research for staff members. These opportunities are also a great way to get valuable work experience and network with potential colleagues and employers but it is important to strike a balance between the number of hours you work and the requirements of your graduate studies

Any candidate interested in being a sessional assistant should write to the Manager Finance/Resources, Te Piringa - Faculty of Law.

We also suggest that you approach the Law Library staff to enquire about casual employment options there.

Research Account

Te Piringa - Faculty of Law is pleased to be able to offer financial assistance in the form of a research accoutnt to its postgraduate students.

A research account of $100.00 per taught 30 point LLM paper, is available to assist with research expenses, such as books, subscriptions, interview expenses, conferences, stationery, computer supplies, photocopying, and printing. Students enrolled in a 30 point dissertation will receive $100; 60 point dissertation $200; 90 point thesis $300 and 120 point thesis $400.

MPhil, PhD and SJD students are also eligible for research accounts of up to NZ$400 per year (pro-rated for part time students), up to a maximum period of four years.

Further information regarding the research account can be found in Te Piringa - Faculty of Law's
Graduate & Postgraduate Handbook.