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Become an expert in your subject area, and make a difference

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded on the submission of a thesis and an oral examination in which you must reveal your ability to carry out research, show originality, independence, and make a significant contribution to knowledge in your chosen. Most students take between 3–4 years of full-time study to complete their PhD.

Our PhD graduates will:

  • Gain specialist knowledge in your subject area, and work towards becoming an expert in your field
  • Achieve the advantage in a competitive job market, in an economy that is becoming increasingly knowledge-based
  • Develop transferable skills: communication, problem-solving and critical reasoning,
  • Learn to think in-depth, and from different angles and perspectives
  • Make a positive impact on our society, economy, and the environment, through your research
  • Learn how to balance study and life and enjoy the wonderful surrounds

Resources for prospective PhD students:

For further information about Otago's PhD programme:


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