International students at the Liggins Institute

Liggins Institute students come from all over the world and pay the same tuition fees as domestic PhD students.

The Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand is one of the world’s leading centres for research into the long-term health impact of early life events.

The Liggins Institute offers a range of research projects that address health issues from the time before a baby is conceived right through to adulthood and you can apply to study at the Institute at any time during the year.

Explore the list of masters and doctoral research projects.

If you’d like to enquire about a particular project or find out more about the research opportunities, please contact our Associate Director - Academic:

Professor Mark Vickers
Phone: +64 9 923 6687 or 0064 (0) 272 736 820

What to expect from your study

Liggins Institute students come from undergraduate programmes, some are returning to study after several years in the workforce, and others are clinicians taking on research projects to support their clinical practice.

Whatever your background, you'll be supervised by internationally recognised academic staff who are experts in their field, have access to world-class facilities, and be part of New Zealand's only world-ranked university.

Funding your study

As long as you live in New Zealand for the duration of your study, you’ll pay the same tuition fees as domestic PhD students. You’re allowed to carry out research overseas for a maximum of 12 months during your doctoral degree.


You could apply for the New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship (NZIDRS).

If you’ve completed your qualifying programme at the University of Auckland or any other New Zealand university, you could apply for the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship.

Depending on where you’re from and what you’re studying, there are also a range of other scholarships available to international students.

University life and living in Auckland

Find out about the support the University offers for international students and life in Auckland.

For help with your visa, tuition fees, health insurance and more, you can contact AskAuckland Central.