School of Biological Sciences


Planning your PhD

What is a PhD?


The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is the primary research qualification offered by The University of Auckland. Candidates submit a thesis, which is a formal and systematic exposition of advanced research carried out over their three-year period of enrolment.

The thesis should be an original contribution to knowledge in its field, and meet internationally recognised standards for such work.

For information about the doctoral application process, please visit Applying for a doctorate

Alternatively, you can contact our PhD Administrator

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How do you start?


Applying for a doctoral programme requires that you complete and submit an online Expression of Interest (EOI) including sufficient information to allow academic staff to evaluate your academic background and match your research interests with an appropriate supervisor.

To assist you with your research proposal, we strongly recommend that you complete the form “Statement of Research Intent”.

Complete an Application for Admission (AfA)

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Statement of Research Intent
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Application process


Once your AfA has been approved, you will be notified by email, and invited to log onto Student Services Online.

What happens next?

See the University website for the full Admission and enrolment process.

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