PhD and doctoral application process

Our step-by-step guide will take you through the process of applying to do a PhD or named doctorate at Victoria.

Applicants to most doctoral programmes at Victoria should follow the instructions in this section, but some programmes may have additional requirements.

If you are currently studying for a Master’s thesis at Victoria, you may be able to upgrade from a Master’s to a PhD.

Your complete application must be received by 5.00pm (NZ time) on the deadline of your chosen application round. If your application or any required documentation arrives after one of these cut-off points, your application will be considered in the following application round. We strongly advise that you apply as early as possible.

These deadlines don't apply to the International Institute of Modern Letters, which only considers applications once a year, after the November deadline.

How to apply

Read all the information in this section before you complete the online application form. Incomplete or incorrect application material will not be forwarded to selection panels.

You can apply for admission as a doctoral student and for a Victoria Doctoral Scholarship online.

Existing Victoria students

Existing Victoria University students should log in to myVictoria, click on the link to Student Records, then click 'Apply for PhD'.

New candidates

New candidates should log in to the online application directly.
Apply—existing students
Apply—new candidates

If it is impossible for you to apply online, email pg-research@vuw.ac.nz and we will send a paper application form to you.

How to apply, step-by-step

Follow this guide to ensure your doctoral application is completed correctly.

Certified copies of official documents

Before you can be admitted as a doctoral student, you must supply us with certified paper copies of all official documents.

Incomplete applications

Your application will only be processed if all completed documentation, including references, is received by 5pm on the closing date of the application round.

All forms and documents

Find PDF and Word document versions of all forms and documents required as part of the doctorate application process.

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