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Arts, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #83 (QS) Auckland, New Zealand
PhD students conduct advanced research that makes an original contribution to scholarship. Your research will be largely self-determined and carried outunder the direction of an expert supervisor. You will present your research in a thesis. In most cases this will be followed by an oral examination.


You may be able to include a creative practice component in your PhD. In some circumstances you can enrol at an approved overseas institution while undertaking a University of Auckland PhD.

  • Pursue in-depth study of your research area.
  • Undertake research in an area of interest and work alongside some of New Zealand’s leading academic staff.
  • Develop exceptional transferable skills while increasing your understanding of your field.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date We did our best, but couldn't find the next application deadline and start date information online.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description
      • Full-time: 3 to 4 years
      • Part-time: 6 to 8 years
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The first 12 months of doctoral research are provisional. To continue in the PhD you must achieve the goals set for your provisional year and have a full research (thesis) proposal approved.

Goals for the first (provisional) year

The following goals are compulsory for all PhD students:

  • completion of a full research proposal, normally within the first six months
  • completion of a substantial piece of written work, eg, a literature review
  • presentation of the proposal or work-in-progress to an appropriate forum, eg, a seminar, to the satisfaction of supervisors.
  • approval of the full research proposal by the appropriate school/faculty postgraduate committee
  • ethics approval(s) / permissions obtained for the research if required
  • attendance at an Induction Day.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • You must have completed a significant research project, dissertation or thesis, at university level. You need to have completed a postgraduate bachelors (honours) degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours, or a masters degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours in a relevant field.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26674 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26674 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    4864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4864 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • National: NZ$7,108.80
  • International NZ$38,008.80

Living costs for Auckland

  • 1400 - 2200 NZD/month
    Living Costs

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


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