The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the University's highest qualification. The degree is undertaken by research only and leads to advanced academic and theoretical knowledge in a specialist area.
The PhD is suitable for students who want to pursue an academic or research career, or a senior position in the public or private sector. Doctoral studies present you with the opportunity to generate new ideas that can benefit business and society. You will make a significant original contribution to knowledge and understanding in your field of study and meet recognised international standards for your work.
AUT's academic supervisors are recognised world-class researchers who have the expert knowledge in their fields to guide you throughout your studies.
Must normally have completed the following in a discipline appropriate to the proposed research:
The degree must normally have been gained at the standard of first class or second class (first division) honours from this University or a recognised equivalent.
The degree should include advanced learning in research, execution of a research project and a written report on the research.
International student entry requirements
Acceptance is subject to the availability of staff for supervision, prior research preparation and appropriate facilities.
For general enquiries for the Doctor of Philosophy programme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prospective PhD applicants are required to prepare a formal research proposal, specifying the field of research and a general research question you wish to investigate.
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We require the following information:
Once the required information is received, we will forward your enquiry to the relevant faculty who will communicate to you about the outcome of your application, possible research areas and supervisors.
We require a portfolio (between 10-15 annotated images as a pdf or PowerPoint file or a URL for a website)
Provide evidence of completing the courses Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics at postgraduate level. Course syllabus or similar is required for assessment of comparability of those courses to those taken in New Zealand
Doctoral students will attain the knowledge, values and attributes to make significant contributions to their professional communities and societies through further high-quality research, and developments.
You put together a proposal that critically reviews work done in your area of research. This requires a suitable research methodology and a timeframe for completion of the degree.
You are expected to publish one or more papers for a reputed international conference in your chosen area of research.
Once you have completed your research proposal, you refine your design, collect data and conduct your research as appropriate.
Data is collected and analysed and the results are published at international conferences. A journal publication is also encouraged at this point.
The first step in the final stage of the PhD is finalising the data collection and analysis. You then write your PhD thesis and submit it to the supervisor for feedback. It could take two or three drafts before the thesis is ready for submission and examination.
The outcomes for graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.
It is expected that graduates with a Doctor of Philosophy will have gained the necessary skills and qualifications to follow an academic or research career.
Alternatively, your research topic may lead you to a position of expertise in your chosen field.
The opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills you gain through a PhD will be extensive, both in industry and academia.
Applications received after the application date will be considered on a case-by-case basis otherwise the application will be held over for the subsequent start date.
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.