Applying for our MA and PhD degrees involves a two-stage process in which the initial application to the Programme is followed by a formal application to the university.
- Familiarise yourself with staff expertise, by visiting our staff page.
Our staff page.
- Identify a potential supervisor* who has relevant expertise in your area of interest and submit an Expression of Interest, which comprises:
- Tentative project title/topic
- Brief description of the proposed research project, emphasising the theoretical basis, literature to be consulted, and intended methods (750 words maximum, excl. reference list)
- Brief rationale for undertaking the study and an indication of the potential contribution to scholarship (250 words maximum)
- Indication of whether enrolment is dependent on receiving a scholarship
- University transcript
- After favourable review of your Expression of Interest you will be invited to submit a full application, comprising:
- A brief research proposal, which clearly states your topic and research question; shows familiarity with relevant literature; offers a clear explanation of proposed methods and demonstrates the significance and feasibility of the project. This document is based on your EoI and should be kept to a maximum of 1,500 words (excluding references). It is expected that this initial proposal will be revised and enhanced during your first year of study in consultation with your supervisor/s
- Writing sample (this can include a published output, dissertation chapter or academic essay)
- CV (including names and contact details of up to 3 referees)
- Once your application has been endorsed by your prospective supervisor/s, it will be submitted on your behalf to our Postgraduate Committee for consideration.
- If accepted by the Postgraduate Committee, you will be invited to apply formally to the university.
* If you are unsure of which staff member is suitable as a supervisor, but still keen to pursue your degree with us, please send your Expression of Interest to email@example.com
The University of Otago has MA and PhD scholarships that cover fees and living expenses and are available year-round. There are also a number of other scholarships at the university and nationally. These scholarships are highly competitive, and applicants with A or A+ marks are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please visit the Graduate Research School for more information about scholarships.
- Postgraduate information page
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) information page
- Master of Arts (MA) information page
We look forward to guiding you through the application process. If you have any questions, please contact the administrator, Alastair Cottle.