Doctoral entry requirements

You must have completed a significant research project, dissertation or thesis, at university level. You need to have completed a postgraduate bachelors (honours) degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours, or a masters degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours 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, Music, Musical Arts, 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 5.5.  To view an indication of your GPE, use our 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 see FindaThesis, the research webpages for your area of interest or contact the postgraduate adviser for your faculty.  

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.
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.

English language requirements


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