Doctoral fees

Find out the fees you will pay when studying a doctoral programme.

You can find the estimated 2020 domestic, and 2020 and 2021 international student tuition fees for doctoral programmes in the tables below.

Student Services Fee

In addition to the tuition fees below, there is a Student Services Fee of $7.86 per point, estimated at $943.20 for full time study (120 points).

Domestic fees 2020

Programme Annual tuition fee based on 120 points
Doctor of Education NZ$7,250.40
Doctor of Clinical Psychology NZ$7,250.40
Doctor of Fine Arts NZ$7,250.40
Doctor of Medicine NZ$7,250.40
Doctor of Music - Supervised NZ$7,250.40
Doctor of Musical Arts NZ$7,250.40
Doctor of Philosophy NZ$7,250.40

International fees 2020

Doctoral programme Annual tuition fee based on 120 points
Doctor of Clinical Psychology   NZ$42,754.80
Doctor of Education NZ$42,754.80
Doctor of Fine Arts NZ$42,754.80
Doctor of Medicine NZ$42,754.80
Doctor of Music NZ$42,754.80
Doctor of Musical Arts NZ$42,754.80
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) NZ$7,250.40*

International fees 2021

Doctoral programme Annual tuition fee based on 120 points
Doctor of Clinical Psychology   NZ$44,464.80
Doctor of Education NZ$44,464.80
Doctor of Fine Arts NZ$44,464.80
Doctor of Medicine NZ$44,464.80
Doctor of Music NZ$44,464.80
Doctor of Musical Arts NZ$44,464.80
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) NZ$7,250.40* (in 2020)

*To be eligible for the domestic PhD fee, you must reside in New Zealand for the duration of your doctoral programme. However, you may undertake research activities overseas during your doctoral programme for a cumulative total of no more than 12 months.

As an international student, you are required to have health and travel insurance. See, Health and travel insurance.

International PhD students pay domestic fees

If you are a new international PhD student, you will pay the same annual tuition fee as New Zealand PhD students. The 2020 PhD tuition fee is NZ$7,250.40 per annum.

In additional to the tuition fee, there is a Student Services Fee estimated at $943.20 for full-time study.

To be eligible for the domestic PhD fee, you must reside in New Zealand for the duration of your doctoral programme. However, you may undertake research activities overseas during your doctoral programme for a cumulative total of no more than 12 months.

Other benefits for international PhD students

  • Your dependent children are classified as domestic students and can attend New Zealand’s primary and secondary schools at the same subsidised rate as New Zealand children.
  • Your spouse/partner is eligible for an open work permit valid for the duration of your PhD programme.
  • As a PhD student you have unlimited work rights under the terms of your student visa.
  • On completion of your PhD, you can apply for a three-year post study open work visa through Immigration New Zealand, which allows you to work for any employer in New Zealand. During the period of this work visa, you may be eligible to apply for residence under the skilled migrant instructions, provided you meet the points requirement set out by Immigration New Zealand.