Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is an internationally recognised research qualification that usually involves three to four years of original research, submitted as thesis.

A PhD is generally required by those seeking careers in a university or research laboratory such as a Crown Research Institute. A number of private companies and government departments also carry out research and look for new employees with a PhD.


A PhD has a minimum period of two years full time supervised research, but PhD theses normally take three to four years. A PhD may be undertaken part time.


Applicants normally have either an Honours or Masters degree in Engineering or Computer Science, or a closely related discipline and with at least second class (first division) honours. Applicants will also need to propose, in general terms, a research project that can be supervised by a member of Victoria University staff. Several months of preliminary work including background reading, discussions with prospective supervisors, and preparation of a research proposal may be required before a candidate is accepted.

Students interested in entering the PhD programme are encouraged to discuss their plans with  staff who may supervise their research.


Enrolment is subject to the availability of supervisors and approval of the Associate Dean (Students & Postgraduate Research).

In is possible to begin a Masters degree and upgrade to a PhD in certain circumstances.


The thesis is assessed by three examiners - usually one from Victoria University, one from another New Zealand university and one from an overseas university. An oral examination is standard in the Faculty of Engineering.


The Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR) provides a first contact point for all students enrolling in a PhD at Victoria. The Faculty website provides application forms, details of available funding, application dates and answers to frequently asked questions. The FGR continues to support PhD students throughout their studies at Victoria University.