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PhD study at University of Otago, Christchurch

In doing a PhD, a student develops as an independent researcher and as a potential intellectual leader in their field.

Completion of doctoral (PhD) study indicates that a student has undertaken a piece of original research at a level which develops the chosen discipline and contributes new knowledge to society.

At the University of Otago, Christchurch we are committed to providing doctoral level research training of the highest calibre.

Current PhD research

PhD opportunities on the Christchurch campus

If you find a topic of interest, email the potential supervisor with your research proposal, curriculum vitae, and academic transcript.

Once you have received confirmation that the academic staff member is willing to supervise you go online to complete an application.

The University operates an online application and enrolment system called eVision. eVision allows you to apply online and supply relevant documentation as part of the online process.

Rules, regulations and applying for PhD study

All the information required to apply for a PhD is available at the Graduate Research School website.

The Graduate Research School site contains information on an Otago PhD, explanations of processes and electronic copies of all relevant forms for PhD administration.

General enquiries about the PhD programme can be directed to the Graduate Research School in the first instance.

Scholarships information

Scholarships are available to both domestic and international students.

Further information