Doctoral entry requirements
You must have completed a significant research project such as a dissertation or thesis, at university level. You need to have completed a postgraduate bachelors (honours) degree with a University of Auckland equivalent B+ grade, or a masters degree with a University of Auckland equivalent B+ grade in a relevant field.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is available in approximately 100 subjects. Named doctorates are available in Clinical Psychology, Education, Fine Arts, Health Science, and Medicine.
Grade Point Equivalent (GPE) calculator
Grades or marks achieved at other institutions are given a Grade Point Equivalent (GPE) on the University’s 0-9 grading scale. If you have overseas qualifications you will typically need a GPE of 6.0 to obtain entry. To view an indication of your GPE, or read more about the methodology used for calculation, please visit Grade Point Equivalent (GPE) Calculator.
Supervision and research requirements
Meeting our academic requirements does not guarantee entry. You must demonstrate an ability to research independently, and possess a high level of theoretical understanding. Acceptance is subject to staff availability for supervision, and appropriate facilities.
You must write a preliminary research proposal to demonstrate your research capability and experience. This can be prepared in consultation with your proposed supervisor.
To identify doctoral supervisors and research projects, please visit:
Named doctorate requirements
Doctor of Clinical Psychology is restricted to New Zealand and Australian citizens and residents, and has a limited number of places each year.
Doctor of Education requires at least two years' professional experience in education or in another professional area considered comparable by the Board of Graduate Studies.This programme must be started part-time, and as a result is only available to New Zealand and Australian citizens and residents.
Doctor of Medicine requires a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, or equivalent medical degree, and at least five years experience in medical practice.
Doctor of Health Sciences must be started part-time, and as a result is only available to New Zealand and Australian citizens and residents.
English language requirements
You must meet Postgraduate English language requirements. For further details, please see Postgraduate English language requirements.