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Doctoral programme (PhD)

The PhD programme in Computer Science at Otago University attracts outstanding students, to work on a range of topics in Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, Computer Theory, Graphics, Vision, Information Retrieval, and Systems.

For more information about the areas we specialise in, please visit the department's research page.

Our department's researchers form a close-knit community, and there are many links between research groups, making it an excellent place for interdisciplinary study. Our PhD programme particularly appeals to students who want to define their own research direction, rather than working as a small cog in a large research team with a fixed agenda. It also appeals to students who have an interest in life outside of work: Dunedin sits on a spectacular harbour, with unspoiled beaches for wildlife and surfing, and lies within a few hours' drive of Queenstown and Wanaka in the Southern Alps.

For more information, see our current PhD students page, and some profiles of recent PhD graduates.

Applying for a PhD

If you are interested in applying for a PhD at our department, you should begin by sending an email to the adviser of studies, including the following information:

  1. A brief indication of the field of research you are interested in.
  2. A PDF copy of your transcript for your Bachelor's degree (i.e. the official marksheet listing the papers you did, the year in which you did them, and the marks you were awarded).
  3. A PDF copy of your Master's transcript (if you have a Masters degree).
  4. Evidence of research ability: either a PDF copy of your Master's or Honours thesis, or a PDF copy of your best publication, identifying the conference or journal that accepted it in sufficient detail to allow verification.
  5. A CV (optional).

Kindly don't send zipped files, as our antivirus software quarantines them.

N.B. Your email will be assessed for clarity, organisation, and ability to follow instructions.