PhD - Subject Area Policy


PhD applicants and candidates considering PhD subject areas at the University.


To specify the approved PhD subject areas available for a PhD candidate to enrol in.


1. A PhD candidate must be enrolled in a single approved PhD subject area. The subject area is associated with an academic unit.

2. In the case of cross-disciplinary subject areas, one Academic Unit must take overall responsibility for the provision of supervision, research resources and facilities.

3. Changes in PhD subject area during candidature may occur only with the permission of the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate). Permission will usually be granted only where a subject area is renamed or a new subject area is approved under the PhD subject Area Changes Policy and Procedures.

List of PhD subject areas

Subject Faculty/Large Scale Research Institute
Accounting Business and Economics
Anaesthesiology Medical and Health Sciences
Anatomy Medical and Health Sciences/Liggins Institute
Ancient History Arts
Anthropology Arts
Applied Linguistics Arts
Architecture Creative Arts and Industries
Art History Arts
Asian Studies Arts
Audiology Medical and Health Sciences
Behavioural Science Medical and Health Sciences
Bioengineering Auckland Bioengineering Institute/ Engineering/ Medical and Health Sciences
Biological Sciences Science
Biomedical Science Interfaculty
Chemical and Materials Engineering Engineering
Chemistry Science
Chinese Arts
Civil Engineering
Commercial Law Business and Economics/Law
Comparative Literature Arts
Computer Science Science
Computer Systems Engineering Engineering
Criminology Arts
Dance Studies Creative Arts and Industries
Design Creative Arts and Industries
Development Studies Arts
Economics Business and Economics
Education Education and Social Work
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Engineering
Engineering Science
English Arts
Environmental Science Science  
European Studies Arts
Exercise Sciences Science
Finance Business and Economics
Fine Arts Creative Arts and Industries
Food Science
Forensic Science Science
French Arts
Gender Studies Arts
General Practice Medical and Health Sciences
Geography Science
Geology Science
German Arts
Greek Arts
Health Psychology
Health Sciences
Heritage Conservation Creative Arts and Industries
History Arts
Information Systems Business and Economics
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Business and Economics
International Business Business and Economics
Italian Arts
Japanese Arts
Korean Arts
Latin Arts
Latin American Studies Arts
Law Law
Linguistics Arts
Management Business and Economics
Maori and Pacific Health
Medical and Health Sciences
Maori Studies Arts
Marine Science Science
Marketing Business and Economics
Mathematics Science
Mathematics Education Science
Mechanical Engineering Engineering
Mechatronics Engineering Engineering
Media, Film and Television
Medical Imaging Medical and Health Sciences
Medicine Medical and Health Sciences/Liggins Institute
Molecular Medicine Medical and Health Sciences/Liggins Institute
Music Creative Arts and Industries
Nursing Medical and Health Sciences/Liggins Institute
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Medical and Health Sciences/Liggins Institute
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Business and Economics
Operations Research Engineering
Ophthalmology Medical and Health Sciences
Optometry Medical and Health Sciences
Pacific Studies Arts
Paediatrics Medical and Health Sciences/Liggins Institute
Medical and Health Sciences

Medical and Health Sciences/Liggins Institute

Perinatal Science Liggins Institute
Pharmacy Medical and Health Sciences
Philosophy Arts
Physics Science
Medical and Health Sciences/Liggins Institute
Planning Creative Arts and Industries
Politics and International Relations Arts
Population Health Medical and Health Sciences
Property Business and Economics
Psychiatry Medical and Health Sciences
Psychology Science
Public Policy Arts
Russian Arts
Social Work Education and Social Work
Sociology Arts
Spanish Arts
Software Engineering Engineering
Speech Science Science
Statistics Science
Surgery Medical and Health Sciences
Theology Arts
Translation Studies Arts
Urban Design Creative Arts and Industries


The following definitions apply to this document:

Academic units are those units with which the PhD subject area is associated and may be managed by either a faculty or LSRI. Academic units include faculties, schools, departments and institutes.

University means the University of Auckland and includes all subsidiaries.

Key relevant documents

Document management and control

Content manager: School of Graduate Studies
Owner: Dean of Graduate Studies
Approved by: Board of Graduate Studies, Senate and Council
Date approved: June 2021
Review date: June 2026