PhD - Philosophy as a subject
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.
Philosophy is for thinkers and doers. It's about solving real-life problems, and applying intellectual rigour to how we understand and interact with others, society and the world. Studying Philosophy at Waikato will teach you how to learn, think and write clearly, argue vigorously, and question deeply held assumptions and beliefs.
- Applied Linguistics
- Computer Science
- Earth Sciences
- Environmental Planning
- Environmental Sciences
- Health, Sport and Human Performance
- Human Resource Management
- International Relations and Security Studies
- Management and Sustainability
- Materials and Processing
- Māori and Indigenous Studies
- Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori
- Māori Language/Te Reo Māori
- Māori Media and Communication
- Pacific and Indigenous Studies
- Political Science
- Population Studies and Demography
- Public Relations
- Screen and Media Studies
- Social Policy
- Strategic Management
- Theatre Studies
- Tourism Management
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|Start Dates:||The first day of any month from February to November|
|Fees (Domestic):||$6,516-$7,306 per year|
|Fees (International):||$32,577-$42,841 per year *New international students may be eligible for domestic fees|
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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.
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Papers available within Philosophy
Prescriptions for the PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
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Philosophy is available as a major for the BA and BSocSc.
Philosophy is available as a major for the BA and BSocSc. Philosophy may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.
For more information about subject requirements please refer to the Catalogue of Papers for the most up to date information. If you have any questions and need more advice contact one of our friendly student advisors phone:
Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.