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:
- Why Choose the University of Otago?
- Overview of the PhD Programme
- Fees for Graduate Research Candidates
- Finding a Supervisor
- PhD Application Process
For further information about Otago’s PhD programme: