The PhD programme at SOM

A PhD degree is the highest qualification offered by the School. It is completed by thesis and restricted to areas where appropriate supervision is available.

Many of the rewards of a PhD are intrinsic. They are a consequence of your commitment to undertake original and challenging research in your chosen field of study. During the course of your research you have the opportunity to build upon your previous education, experience and training to produce a thesis that will make a significant contribution to your discipline. PhD theses are evaluated by international standards and the award of the degree is a mark of academic distinction.

The 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; ie, a minimum period of 36 months full-time registration or equivalent.

The School of Management (SoM) has an active PhD programme, with students currently completing doctoral theses. Areas of research excellence in the SoM include:

  • critical perspectives on management and leadership
  • work and employment relations
  • strategy and innovation
  • systems
  • tourism management

Information about PhD study at SOM

Prerequisites

PhD students should have a postgraduate degree, in Management or a related subject, with excellent grades and a substantial research component. Depending on the details of your background, we may require you to complete a postgraduate academic degree first, or to complete some relevant academic papers to a specified grade before PhD enrolment.

We may accept PhD students with postgraduate degrees in disciplines other than Management. Requirements will depend on individual factors such as the PhD topic, and the academic and professional background of the candidate.

Want to know more?

Specific inquiries about pursuing a PhD in the School of Management can be directed to: som-phd@vuw.ac.nz or phone 04 4635537.