PhD and other doctoral degrees

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Studying for a PhD

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree represents the high point of academic achievement. It involves original and sustained research under academic supervision and demands considerable intellectual ability, academic rigour, self-discipline and dedication.

A PhD normally follows a Master's or Honours degree, or extensive relevant experience.

Thesis

The PhD thesis is a major piece of work that demonstrates your ability to carry out independent research. It must make a significant new contribution to the knowledge or understanding of your field of study.

Your thesis must meet international standards of excellence—it is assessed by three examiners, one from Victoria, one from another New Zealand university, and one from an overseas university. This is followed by an oral examination (or viva).

Supervision

Supervision for PhD research is offered in most subject areas taught at Victoria.

Other doctoral degrees

The Doctor of Education (EdD) is studied part time and involves two years of coursework in preparation for your thesis.

Victoria also offers the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA). This degree has a year of preliminary coursework, followed by supervised research or creative practice.

Our Faculty of Health offers three professional doctorates: the Doctor of Health (DHlth), Doctor of Midwifery (DMid) and Doctor of Nursing (DNurs).

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. The Faculty of Graduate Research website has detailed information on:

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