Doctor of Philosophy
Turn your ideas into world-changing research. Study the University of Waikato's advanced, three-year supervised research degree in law.
This law doctorate degree will prepare you for a career as a legal scholar and teacher. This degree is aimed to help you develop advanced scholarly research and writing. This PhD is appropriate if you already possess the ability to carry out research on an independent basis.
You’ll acquire a law PhD by the submission of a major thesis which can be completed in a minimum of three years. Your thesis will critically investigate an approved topic of substance and significance, and make a substantial and original contribution to knowledge.
This law PhD provides you with an exciting opportunity to be closely supervised by a panel of research experts who are internationally connected, well resourced, and benchmarked against the best in the world.
We provide supervision in a wide variety of legal and interdisciplinary areas such as Cyber Law, Business Law and International Law. Read more about our key areas of research here.
Waikato Faculty of Law hosts two research centres: Māori and Indigenous Governance and in Environmental, Resources and Energy Law. The Centres are dedicated to generating research into law and policy in their respective fields and to answering the challenges we face in New Zealand and worldwide.
As creators of knowledge, we’ll encourage you to be a leader and innovator, and as a result, you’ll compete at a global level in your chosen area of law.
PhD regulations govern this degree. Read the Waikato law PhD degree requirements here.
|Start Dates:||Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)|
$6,018 - $6,391 per year
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|Fees (International):||$31,135 - $38,840 per year|
|*Tuition fees shown 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.|
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“There is no doubt in my mind that the Diploma in Law was the right choice for me. I was born and raised in Tokoroa. At the time of finishing school, I did not think that a university degree was for me. I spent many years working in the service industry and doing office work. After a number of years overseas, I returned to New Zealand determined to go back to the classroom.”
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Faculty of Law
Ms Anna MacGillivray
Graduate Programme Administrator
Opening hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Location: N Block, Gate 7, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
School of Graduate Research
The School of Graduate Research is located in W Building (the old Law School), University of Waikato, Hamilton
Phone: +64 7 858 5096
Website: School of Graduate Research