Research goals and strategies

The University of Auckland recognises research and research-led teaching as primary responsibilities of its academic staff, and values fostering, publishing and disseminating research of the highest international quality.

The University of Auckland's Missions, Goals and Strategies statement reflects this strong emphasis on the importance of quality research. By 2020, the University aims to:

  • Achieve 1100 research masters and 500 doctoral completions per annum.
  • Provide enhanced support for research activities by nearly doubling external research income from its level of $240M in 2011 to $433M per annum.
  • Increase the number of peer-reviewed research and creative outputs across all our disciplines.
  • Increase the proportion of publications jointly authored with international colleagues.

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The University of Auckland includes 25% of all research-active staff but 35% of the top A-rated academic researchers in the country, demonstrating “the greatest depth and breadth of research activity in the New Zealand tertiary sector” (Tertiary Education Commission, 2012 Performance Based Research Fund Quality Evaluation report).

As the leading research university in New Zealand, we are committed to the quality and excellence of our degree courses, including graduate and doctoral programmes. We offer masters and doctoral degrees in the traditional disciplines, as well as a broad range of emerging cross-disciplinary subject areas. We have world-class academic staff, extensive library resources, excellent research facilities and state-of-the-art information technology.

The research topics we investigate are very diverse and include arts, business, creative arts, education, engineering, law, medical and health sciences, science and theology. For information about our research activities, visit:

At the University of Auckland, a great deal of effort goes into discovering answers to questions you may wonder about. To find out what some of our researchers are doing at the University, visit Research works wonders

Postgraduate students also make significant contributions to the University of Auckland's research activities while studying for higher degrees.

Each year the University offers summer research scholarships for students who have completed at least two years of their undergraduate degree. For further information, see Summer Research Scholarships.