Doctor of Philosophy

A PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is the highest degree offered by the Faculty of Architecture and Design.

A PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is the highest degree offered by the Faculty of Architecture and Design. It is completed by thesis only and is restricted to areas where appropriate supervision is available.

The degree requires intelligence, an aptitude for research, and considerable dedication and tenacity. Students will build on their previous education, experience and training, to produce a thesis that will make a significant contribution to your discipline.

A PhD thesis is a major piece of original research. Word length varies according to the nature of each project.

According to the University Calendar, a PhD thesis—demonstrates the candidate's ability to carry out independent research and must also be a significant contribution to the knowledge or understanding of a field of study.

Faculty of Graduate Research

All students interested in enrolling in a PhD at Victoria should visit the Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR).

The Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR) website provides detailed information on all aspects of PhD study, including the following:

  • How to apply
  • admission requirements
  • possible funding for prospective PhD students
  • services and resources for students
  • thesis guidelines
  • research ethics
  • supervision and responsibilities.

The FGR continue to provide support to PhD students throughout their studies at Victoria.


While supervision of a candidate is the responsibility of the particular school, the PhD degree is common to all faculties. The University’s PhD Coordinator has responsibility for approving examination arrangements to ensure they are conducted with appropriate consistency across the University.

Members of the Faculty of Architecture and Design have a wide variety of research interests in conjunction with whom students may choose a topic for PhD study.

Staff research areas and publications are listed at the bottom of each staff member’s website profile.

Portfolio requirement

A portfolio of work is required as part of the PhD application process for students wanting to complete design-based research at the Faculty of Architecture and Design.

A portfolio should showcase work that indicates your skill level, interests and strengths in design or related creative discipline. Up to 10 pieces of work is sufficient. If you are sending work you have completed for an employer, please clearly state what your role in the project was – design, drawing, project management.

If you have any questions regarding whether you are required to include a portfolio of work in your application please contact the Faculty of Architecture and Design, with a brief description of your proposed research project.

Contact us

The Faculty of Architecture and Design Student Administration is located at:

Te Aro Campus
139 Vivian Street

Phone: 0-4 463 6200
Email: address or address