Higher Research Degrees Application Process

At the University of Waikato, you can apply at any time of the year to study towards Higher Research Degrees:

  • Doctor of Health Science (DHSc)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) and
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Once your online application is received, it will be considered on a competitive basis along with other applications, in February, June and October respectively. If your application is accepted you will be sent an Offer of Place, and you will then be able to choose a start date for your study, which can be the first day of any month between February and November.

When you apply to undertake a Higher Research Degree, your application is assessed to check that you meet our admission criteria, as well as meeting any specific entry requirements for the qualification in which you wish to enrol.

If you are also seeking funding for your DHSc, PhD, DMA, EdD or SJD, a University of Waikato Doctoral Scholarship can be applied for at the same time you apply for your Higher Research Degree. This is also allocated on a competitive basis.

Contact Us

Email: [email protected]

Postal Address
Te Mata Kairangi School of Graduate Research
The University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton 3240
New Zealand

Courier Address
Te Mata Kairangi School of Graduate Research
University of Waikato
FMD Mail Centre
21 Ruakura Rd
Hamilton 3240
New Zealand

To find out more about an area of research visit the Faculty/School websites.