Doctoral fees

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

You can find the estimated 2018 domestic, and 2018 and 2019 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 $6.78 per point, estimated at $813.60 for full time study (120 points).

Domestic fees 2018

Programme Annual tuition fee based on 120 points
Doctor of Education NZ$6,832.80
Doctor of Clinical Psychology NZ$6,832.80
Doctor of Fine Arts NZ$6,832.80
Doctor of Medicine NZ$6,832.80
Doctor of Music - Supervised NZ$6,832.80
Doctor of Musical Arts NZ$6,832.80
Doctor of Philosophy NZ$6,832.80

International fees 2018

Doctoral programme Annual tuition fee based on 120 points
Doctor of Clinical Psychology   NZ$39,529
Doctor of Education NZ$39,529
Doctor of Fine Arts NZ$39,529
Doctor of Medicine NZ$39,529
Doctor of Music NZ$39,529
Doctor of Musical Arts NZ$39,529
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) NZ$6,969.60*

International fees 2019

Doctoral programme Annual tuition fee based on 120 points
Doctor of Clinical Psychology   NZ$41,111
Doctor of Education NZ$41,111
Doctor of Fine Arts NZ$41,111
Doctor of Medicine NZ$41,111
Doctor of Music NZ$41,111
Doctor of Musical Arts NZ$41,111
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) NZ$6,969.60* (in 2018)

*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 2018 PhD tuition fee is NZ$6,969.60 per annum.

In additional to the tuition fee, there is a Student Services Fee estimated at $813.60 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 12-month Post-study work visa (open) through Immigration New Zealand to allow you to search for employment. If you are able to find a suitable job in your chosen field, you may then apply for a two-year Post-study work visa (employer assisted).