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Application information for international postgraduate

We host a number of international postgraduates each year – mostly at PhD level - and we will welcome other students who would like to complete a degree in a geology department with an excellent international reputation.

Choosing a potential supervisor and contacting us

Browse the research interests of particular staff members to find out who is most appropriate for your area of interest. Alternatively you can check out our research pages to see a selection of past and present research

Contact the staff member/s you would like to work with and cc the academic administrator: (sometimes staff members are in the field or at conferences and will not be able to reply straight away).

Apply to the University of Otago

As well as contacting the Department, you must apply to the University for the programme you would like to take.


You may be eligible for a University of Otago scholarship, and you can apply for such scholarships at the same time you apply for admission.

University of Otago Doctoral Scholarships are competitive scholarships that are awarded to applicants with a strong academic record. These scholarships cover fees and living costs for three years. Many of our postgraduate students are supported by such scholarships.

Research Higher Degrees & Scholarships Office maintains a PhD website which contains information and forms that postgraduate students will need from time to time.


Government policy allows international students to enrol for PhD study in New Zealand at the same fee level as for local PhD students. This is not the situation for international MSc students, who must generally pay fees at a higher level – as outlined on the University of Otago website.

For more information about fees for postgraduate students see the fees guide: