Doctoral study at the Business School

The PhD is an advanced degree awarded for original contribution to research in a student’s chosen discipline, with the findings published in a thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The decision to commit to doctoral studies is a significant one. At the Business School, the minimum length of a PhD is three years. If you are considering embarking on this journey, you need to be interested in a specific topic or area, know that you enjoy working independently and as part of a bigger intellectual community, and be self-motivated and disciplined. The rewards, however, are many.

You will have the opportunity to challenge yourself like never before, be encouraged to indulge your curiosity, improve your critical understanding, increase your confidence, become an excellent communicator, and ultimately achieve a difficult goal.

Here at the Business School you will become a member of a strong cohort of academics and senior students, dedicated to helping you develop as a researcher, professional and individual. The quality of the PhD programme is dictated not just by its outstanding scholarship, but also by its pastoral care of students who also enjoy social events, workshops, retreats and conferences.

The PhD is directed by an appointed supervisor, cosupervisor and possibly an advisory committee. It can be completed within three to four years of full-time study or on a part-time basis.

The degree provides a qualification for students wishing to pursue an academic or research career and is offered in all departments of the University of Auckland Business School.

Including publications in your PhD thesis

While many PhDs consist of a single thesis of up to 100,000 words, upon approval from the Board of Graduate Studies you may wish to include publications as part of your thesis. This option often allows for more practical and collaborative research, and may provide publication opportunities beyond the traditional PhD.

For PhD candidates at the Business School, this work may comprise research papers and/or case studies for which you were lead author, accompanied by a contextual framework and concluding discussion. The range and focus of this material shall generally correspond with the introductory and concluding chapters of a thesis.

Learn more about including publications in your thesis.


Find doctoral and masters research opportunities at the University on FindaThesis. Whether you’re searching by area of interest or looking for a specific project, this online database provides detailed information about available projects, potential supervisors and more.

You can also browse the Business School’s staff directory to find potential supervisors who research in your area of interest.

Doctoral Skills Programme

The Doctoral Skills Programme offers you the opportunity to improve your skills in study, organisation and self-management. You need these skills to complete a major research project.

All new PhD students will attend an induction day, which will introduce you to the resources relating to doctoral skills. This is an excellent opportunity to compare research, writing and study experiences with other doctoral students.

Log in to the Doctoral Skills Programme Hub.

Publication awards, conference funding and scholarships

Research publication awards are available to encourage doctoral students to submit and publish a paper in a refereed journal. PhD conference funding is also available to assist students to present at reputable conferences. University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships are awarded to high achieving domestic and international students.