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.

Cathy (Zhi) Liu

Earth Sciences
Maintaining healthy harbours and estuaries is just one of the projects that Waikato PhD graduate Cathy Liu has been involved in during her time at the Waikato Regional Council (WRC).

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.

Aaron Low

Dr Low graduated from Waikato with a doctorate in 2012. He works at Ligar, a company based at Ruakura in Hamilton that specialises in commercial filtration to extract organic and inorganic molecules.

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.

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.

Ngaire Tihema

For my first 2 years at university, I learned valuable lessons of what not to do. For example, only enrolling in courses that were after midday so I had enough time to sleep in and recover from hangovers. I failed a couple of courses because I took education for granted.

Timothy Walmsley

A PhD focused on increasing the energy efficiency of milk powder production has led University of Waikato engineering graduate Tim Walmsley to a full-time job with the very research group within which he worked as a PhD candidate.

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 4.0
Start Dates Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Domestic Fees $5,900-$6,266 per year
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International Fees $28,675 - $37,710 per year *New international students may be eligible for domestic fees
New Zealand resident International PhD students pay the domestic fee.

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

Scholarships and prizes

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Admission and enrolment

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

Higher Research Degree Application Process


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 
Phone: +64 7 858 5096

Degree Structure