Doctoral study in Engineering Science
Why study with us?
- We're the highest-ranked Engineering faculty in New Zealand and 84th in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019).
- You'll have opportunities to be supervised by experts in the field, including those affiliated with the Geothermal Institute, the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, the Electric Power Optimisation Centre, Medical Device Technology Centre of Research Excellence, and National Science Challenges.
- You'll benefit from access to Postgraduate Research Student Support (PReSS) funding for research expenses.
Pursuing a PhD at our University gives you access to a high-calibre research community – you may have the opportunity to publish papers, attend international conferences and develop your network in academia and industry.
We welcome research proposals in topics relating to our key areas, including:
- Biomedical Engineering
- Computational Mechanics, including reservoir engineering, acoustics, environmental fluid mechanics, microfluidics, biological fluid dynamics, and composite and fibrous materials
- Signal Processing, including signal analysis, nonlinear dynamical systems, artificial neural networks, wavelets, independent component analysis
- Operations Research
The Geothermal Research Group
A geothermal system is a massive, rising plume of hot water that is powered by the Earth’s magmatic heat. They are found all over the world, including in New Zealand, Iceland, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan and the US, where some are exploited to generate electricity. The Geothermal Research Group are actively developing new computational and analytical methods to deepen our understanding of geothermal systems and how best to utilise them in energy generation. Our expertise includes reservoir and above-ground engineering, geothermal geoscience, and policy and planning. We apply our research directly to industrial consulting activities, and short- and long-course teaching.
More researchers in Engineering Science
- Dr Andrea Raith
- Dr Andreas Kempa-Liehr
- Associate Professor Andrew Mason
- Associate Professor Andrew Taberner
- Professor Andy Philpott
- Dr Anthony Downward
- Dr Bryan Ruddy
- Associate Professor Cameron Walker
- Associate Professor Charles Unsworth
- Dr David Dempsey
- Associate Professor Golbon Zakeri
- Associate Professor Iain Anderson
- Dr John Cater
- Dr John O’Sullivan
- Associate Professor Justin Fernandez
- Associate Professor Mark Battley
- Professor Martyn Nash
- Dr Michael O’Sullivan
- Professor Michael O’Sullivan
- Dr Peng Du
- Associate Professor Piaras Kelly
- Professor Poul Nielsen
- Dr Richard Clarke
- Professor Rosalind Archer
- Dr Sadiq Zarrouk
- Associate Professor Thor Besier
- Dr Vinod Suresh
Past research topics
- Uncertainty in Geothermal Numerical Models: A contribution from Geostatistics and Bayesian Methods | Supervised by Professor Rosalind Archer
- Understanding the Relationship between Hydraulic Properties of Rocks and Induced Seismicity in the Stimulation of Enhanced Geothermal Systems | Supervised by Dr David Dempsey and Professor Rosalind Archer
- Inversion of Geothermal Reservoir Models Using the Adjoint Method and Randomized Low-Rank Matrix Approximation Algorithms | Professor Michael O’Sullivan and Dr John O’Sullivan
- Linear Analysis as a Practical Method for Quantifying the Uncertainty of Geothermal Models | Professor Michael O’Sullivan and Professor Rosalind Archer
- Wear Prediction in an Externally Articulating Knee Prosthesis (EAKP) | Supervised by Associate Professor Piaras Kelly and Associate Professor Justin Fernandez
- Elastoplastic Analysis for Earthquake Engineering | Supervised by Associate Professor Piaras Kelly
- Developing Constitutive Laws for the Endothelial Glycocalyx Layer | Supervised by Dr Richard Clarke, Dr David Long and Dr Vinod Suresh
- Modelling Post-Capillary Venules | Supervised by Dr Richard Clarke, Dr David Long and Dr John Cater
Scholarships and awards
There are several scholarships you may be eligible for when you decide to pursue your PhD in Engineering Science, including the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships.
Help and advice
For general student enquiries, please contact the Engineering Student Centre.
If you would like to find out more about studying Engineering Science, you can contact a Postgraduate Adviser.