PhD and Doctoral

Explore higher research degrees at University of Waikato. Get guidance on your doctoral journey and thesis preparation. Join workshops for research skills.


Higher Research Degrees

The information on these pages is for students enrolled in doctoral (PhD, EdD, DHSc, SJD, DMA) or Master of Philosophy programmes. Students planning to undertake one of these programmes, should refer to the Higher Research Degrees Application Process.

In this section, we provide guidance relevant to the doctoral journey and useful information about procedures and requirements — including guidance on thesis preparation and exams. They should be viewed alongside the University Calendar, which sets out the regulations for higher research degrees.

Te Mata Kairangi School of Graduate Research provides administrative support for enrolled students, with Higher Research Degree Advisors assisting students and their supervisors through every stage of research — from enrolment to examination and, finally, submitting theses.

The school also holds workshops and events to hone your research and communication skills.

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PhD and Higher Degree Qualifications

The University offers supervised research degrees through the Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy, the Doctor of Juridical Science, the Doctor of Musical Arts, and professional doctorates — the Doctor of Education and the Doctor of Health Science.


Apply for a PhD or Higher Degree

Open up exciting new employment opportunities — not just in academia, but in government, consulting, research institutes, community organisations and much more — with a PhD degree or other Higher Degree.


If you have just enrolled and are preparing your full research proposal and ethics application, or have recently reached confirmed enrolment and are completing your first six-monthly progress report.


If you are in the data gathering and analysis phase of your research. Your personal or study circumstances may have changed, or you are looking for options to alter your enrolment.


If you are due to submit your thesis for examination or completion, or are currently under examination. Start communicating about your research to grow its impact and your profile.


Scholarship finder

The University and our partners offer a range of scholarships and awards to assist students with fees and living expenses — and to support academic and research excellence. Use our Scholarship Finder to discover the right one for you.

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The Three Minute Thesis competition gives doctoral research students an opportunity to present their findings to an audience in just three minutes. 

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Find information on how to apply for ethical approval, getting an embargo for your research and details on the University’s Intellectual Property Policy.

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Learn more about the process to submit a formal appeal or complaint to the Postgraduate Research Committee.

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Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme

The University of Waikato offers a wide range of training opportunities to support you on your journey as a research scholar. Find out about events available for early, mid and late-stage researchers, or take a look at what's coming up.

Te Mata Kairangi | School of Graduate Research

The School of Graduate Research manages student enquiries related to all University scholarships, and application and enrolment for PhD, EdD, DHSc, DMA, SJD, MPhil, and Higher Doctorate doctoral degrees.

Te Mata Kairangi | The School of Graduate Research

Student Centre (M Block), Hamilton Campus

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

International applicants

Applicants from overseas should contact our international office

Higher Degrees Facebook groups

Higher research degree candidates currently enrolled at the University can join our Higher Degrees at Waikato University Facebook group to communicate with fellow doctoral students, as well as receive updates and information from the School of Graduate Research on upcoming events and workshops. 

Join the University of Waikato Scholarships Facebook page to receive updates and information related to scholarships and funding opportunities the University.