University of Waikato

This University is committed to delivering a world-class education and research portfolio, providing a full and dynamic university experience, distinctive in character, and pursuing strong international links to advance knowledge.

PhD Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (5)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (4)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Education & Training (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (2)
Journalism & Media (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



In 1956 a handful of Hamiltonian locals decided they wanted their own university. It seemed reasonable. New Zealand had four universities that had been established in the main centres since the end of last century.


  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Te Piringa - Faculty of Law
  • School of Maori and Pacific Development
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Waikato Management School
  • Waikato Pathways College


The Research & Enterprise Office supports the University of Waikato's research activities and the process of creating value from research discoveries and innovation. We work with both University researchers and external partners, including government, industry and community organisations, to extend research capability and broaden partnership opportunities that foster collaborative research, the implementation of research findings, and knowledge and technology transfer.


Career Development Services is a free service for all students and alumni of the University of Waikato. We are here to guide you during your study and help you find the best pathway after you have completed your studies. We can help you develop your CV, cover letter and job searching skills, as well as give you career guidance. There are a range of resources available for you via our Careers Office.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

We have a number of support services available to our students, including study and learning support, career development services and health and wellbeing services.

Housing services

The University of Waikato provides accommodation services to assist you in matters relating to your accommodation during your university study. We can help you find accommodation suited to your needs, provide advice on tenancy matters, plus lists of houses, flats, rooms and boarding options.

Accommodation in Hamilton is really affordable, and there are many options to choose from. Choosing the right accommodation option for you is an important part of undertaking university study. We have a wide range of accommodation options. You can choose to live on campus in one of our halls of residence, or you can choose to live off campus in private accommodation.

Library services

A wide range of formats are collected and shelved within the general and focussed collections. The catalogue location information will tell you where to find specific items in our libraries.

  • General Books
  • General Journals
In addition to the general collections, following is a list of the collections also held in the Library:
  • Archives and Manuscripts
  • DVD and CD Collections
  • Law Collections
  • Tauranga

ICT services

The University network allows staff, students and guests to use wired or wireless connections.

Medical services

As a Waikato student based in Hamilton, you have access to low-cost consultations and prescriptions if you register with our on-campus Student Health Service.

There's also a Health Centre on the Tauranga campuses but there's no need to register for the service.

Student Life

Campus life

Our main campus is located in the vibrant, multicultural city of Hamilton. On campus, you'll find a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and a number of services and facilities, including our state-of-the-art student centre, fantastic sporting facilities, a number of cafes and eateries, car parking and subsidised bus services.

Sports facilities

Offering a range of excellent facilities, including New Zealand’s largest university sports fields, a vast network of sports clubs and events, and a number of high performance programmes and scholarships, there are heaps of ways to get involved in sport at Waikato!

Student clubs

  • Nexus - Waikato's free student magazine
  • NZACE - NZACE is a non-profit organisation that promotes co-operative education to education providers, business and industry and government in New Zealand.
  • PLSA - PLSA is a valuable and positive platform for Pacific Law students to establish bonds and networks with a wide range of pacific peoples.
  • Te Mana Ākonga - Te Mana Ākonga is the National Māori Tertiary Students Association.
  • Te Whakahiapo - Te Whakahiapo fosters a whānau atmosphere to appropriately manage Māori issues.
  • WESMO - Waikato Engineering Student Motorsport.
  • WULSA - The Waikato University Law Students' Association executive are able to provide you with advocacy, support and representation services.


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