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Doctor of Philosophy, PhDLaw

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration

About

This law doctorate degree will prepare you for a career as a legal scholar and teacher. This degree is aimed to help you develop  advanced scholarly research and writing. This PhD is appropriate if you already possess the ability to carry out research on an independent basis.

You’ll acquire a law PhD by the submission of a major thesis which can be completed in a minimum of three years. Your thesis will critically investigate an approved topic of substance and significance, and make a substantial and original contribution to knowledge.

Waikato Faculty of Law hosts two research centres: Māori and Indigenous Governance and in Environmental, Resources and Energy Law. The Centres are dedicated to generating research into law and policy in their respective fields and to answering the challenges we face in New Zealand and worldwide.

Career opportunities

  • Academic
  • Research Strategist
  • Strategic Policy Planner
  • High Court Judge

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

This law PhD provides you with an exciting opportunity to be closely supervised by a panel of research experts who are internationally connected, well resourced, and benchmarked against the best in the world.The programme provides supervision in a wide variety of legal and interdisciplinary areas such as Cyber Law, Business Law and International Law.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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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 36 months.
  • National

    6391 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6391 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Hamilton

  • 1470 - 2020 NZD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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