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International Relations and Security Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #375 (QS) Hamilton, New Zealand
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded by the University for research carried out under the supervision of at least two staff members. 
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Overview

Like most states, New Zealand depends for its security and prosperity on regional and international stability. Its political, economic and societal well-being can be affected by, for example, major power relations; global financial crisis; and the rise of violent extremist non-state actors and the responses to them. 

As a good international citizen, New Zealand seeks to play a role in the international institutions which try to uphold international law and order and to contribute to international stabilisation operations in various countries.

Career opportunities

  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Policy Analyst
  • International Defence Relations Officer
  • National Assessments Bureau
  • National and International NGOs
  • New Zealand Defence Force Officer
  • Security and Intelligence Officer

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Studying International Relations and Security Studies at Waikato includes aspects of international law and trade, and focuses on particular regions of concern (notably, the Middle-East and South-East Asia). A wide range of different length dissertations and theses can be undertaken allowing you to focus on an area of special interest.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    58

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • A Statement of Research Interest
  • A Sample of your Academic writing
  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates for qualifications held
  • Academic References
  • A copy of your passport or birth certificate

Tuition Fee

  • International

    38475 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38475 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6883 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6883 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Hamilton

  • 1470 - 2020 NZD/month
    Living Costs

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