At the University of Otago, Wellington we are committed to providing doctoral level research training of the highest calibre. Completion of doctoral (PhD) study indicates that a student has undertaken a piece of original research at a level which develops the chosen discipline and contributes new knowledge to society. In doing so the student develops as an independent researcher and as a potential intellectual leader in his or her field.
PhD opportunities with our Wellington campus
The University of Otago, Wellington has research strengths in a number of areas through biomedical, clinical and public health. All departments are research-active, with more than 20 well-established research groups.
Potential PhD candidates are invited to either find a project through our Postgraduate research opportunities database, or browse our research groups to find a potential supervisor.
If you find a topic of interest, email the potential supervisor with your curriculum vitae and academic transcript to discuss a project further.
PhD study at Otago
The University's Graduate Research School website has information and resources for prospective and current PhD candidates:
University of Otago PhD programme
Regulations for the PhD degree are on the PhD qualification page:
Regulations for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Information about postgraduate scholarships, and the searchable University of Otago scholarships database can be found on the Graduate Research School website:
University of Otago postgraduate scholarships
How to apply
Information about the PhD application process can be found on the Graduate Research School website:
Once you have confirmation from a supervisor and department, you can apply at any time throughout the year through the University’s online eVision student portal.
For further information about PhD study in Wellington, contact:
Trevor Williams, Coordinator Student Experience
University of Otago, Wellington
Tel +64 4 385 5543
Mob +64 21 279 1895
General enquiries about the PhD programme can be directed to: