PhD programmes at Victoria Business School

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) consists of an individual course of supervised research that involves a substantial commitment from the candidate, supervisor(s), and the University which extends over some years. At a minimum, it requires two years of full-time registration.

PhD theses are evaluated by international standards, and the award of the degree is a mark of academic distinction. Prospective students should acquaint themselves with the School's research activity and staff research expertise.

Key benefits of the Doctor of Philosophy

We believe the PhD, both as a process of learning, and as an internationally recognized credential, offers numerous intrinsic and extrinsic benefits, including:

  • the opportunity to make a significant contribution to both scholarship and practice
  • the rewards of pursuing a topic of deep personal interest to you, building on prior education and experience through an individualised course of study
  • the development of skills in research, analysis, theorising, methodology and communication
  • the opportunity to develop valuable networks with the School's interdisciplinary academic members and your fellow PhD candidates.

Further information and PhD student profiles are available from the individual School websites:

Application deadlines

There are three application deadlines—1 March, 1 July and 1 November each year. Applications must be completed online and before the deadline to be considered.

Faculty of Graduate Research

The Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR) has overall responsibility for the PhD programme. If you are interested in studying for a PhD at Victoria, go to the FGR website for more information.

For any enquiries about PhD admission and enrolment, contact pg-research@vuw.ac.nz