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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) through the Dunedin, Wellington, or Christchurch campuses in 2021

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Entry to PhD study normally requires at least a BA(Hons) or PGDipArts, and students must be able to show they have advanced knowledge of the educational area in which they wish to study, experience in conducting research, and knowledge of research methods. It may be advisable to complete a Master's degree before commencing PhD thesis research.

Our PhD programme requires students to spend three years conducting and presenting an independent research project, with the support of supervisors. There is no required coursework.

Students who wish to complete their PhD through the University of Otago need to gain the support of an academic department prior to making a formal application. Students wishing to study through the College of Education need to send a copy of their CV, academic transcripts and a short (2-5 pages) proposal to, along with information about why they wish to study at the College of Education, and how they plan to fund their studies (e.g., will self-fund, need a scholarship).

Further Information

Further information is available on the University's website for PhD and Doctoral students.


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