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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.

PhD research opportunities

Research groups

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:

PhD application process

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.

Apply via the PhD qualification page


For further information about PhD study in Wellington, contact:

Trevor Williams, Coordinator Student Experience
Postgraduate Office
University of Otago, Wellington
Tel +64 4 385 5543
Mob +64 21 279 1895

General enquiries about the PhD programme can be directed to:


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