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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.

Programme structure

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.

PhD supervision

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

PhD regulations govern this degree. Read the Waikato law PhD degree requirements here.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,018 - $6,391 per year
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Fees (International): $31,135 - $38,840 per year
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*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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Career opportunities

  • Academic
  • Research Strategist
  • Strategic Policy Planner
  • High Court Judge

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.

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Contacts

Faculty of Law

Ms Anna MacGillivray
Graduate Programme Administrator
Email: lawrecp@waikato.ac.nz
Website: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/law/
Opening hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Location: N Block, Gate 7, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TePiringaFacultyOfLaw

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
Email: doctoralenrolments@waikato.ac.nz
Website: School of Graduate Research