Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Business

Points per degree Thesis
Full-time study 3-4 years
Part-time study 3-4 years
Taught by Business School
Taught at City Campus
Application Closing date Apply at any time
Start date Start at any time


The Doctor of Philosophy is an advanced degree awarded for research in one’s discipline, with findings published in a thesis.


A Master of Commerce with Honours (First Class or Second Class First Division), or an approved equivalent from some other recognised university. BCom(Hons) First Class Honours from The University of Auckland may also qualify.

The MBA is generally not sufficient unless substantial research has been undertaken.

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Programme highlights

  • The Doctor of Philosophy is an advanced degree awarded for original contribution to research in a student's chosen discipline, with the findings published in a thesis.
  • The PhD is directed by an appointed supervisor, co-supervisor and possibly an advisory committee. It can be completed within three to four years of fulltime study or on a part-time basis.
  • The degree provides a qualification for students wishing to pursue an academic or research career and is offered in all departments of The University of Auckland Business School.

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