Doctoral study in Computer Science

Why study with us?

New Zealand’s largest Faculty of Science* brings together 10 diverse schools and departments to provide outstanding quality teaching and research opportunities. Our doctoral students work with some of the nation’s leading researchers and benefit from the faculty’s connections with international universities and industry. You will also have access to high-quality laboratory and field research facilities.


Research opportunities

We welcome PhD proposals in areas including:

  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Development and Evaluation
  • Theory: Automata theory, computational biology, computational complexity, computability and randomness and the design and analysis of algorithms
  • Intelligent Systems and Informatics

Our people

Many of our knowledgeable scientists are major contributors in their field.

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Research topics

See a selection of past and present research topics:

  • Constraint Solving for User Interface Layout Problems | supervised Christof Lutteroth
  • Fraud Detection in Online Auctions | supervised by Gill Dobbie
  • Towards Unsupervised Citation Classification | supervised by Gill Dobbie
  • Dynamic Scheduling Algorithms: Theory and Practice | supervised by Bakh Khoussainov
  • Using Buddhist Insights to Analyse the Cause of System Project Failures | supervised by Clark Thomborson
  • Validation of Application Semantics with XML Schema | supervised by Sebastian Link
  • Segmentation and detection of footprints of small species | supervised by Sathiamoorthy Manoharan
  • A Quranic Security Analysis of Pakistan's Identity Management System | supervised by Clark Thomborson
  • Physics and Computation | supervised by Cristian Calude
  • Value Indefiniteness, Randomness and Unpredictability in Quantum Foundations | supervised by Cristian Calude

For more information about PhD theses and topics you may be interested in, or supervisors and their past research, please use the search function on the Libraries and Learning Services catalogue.

Scholarships and awards

See our University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship page for scholarship opportunities. Or search our database for scholarships that may be available.

Help and advice

Please see our Doctoral students section for further information, advice and contact information.

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