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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering

Key information

Level of study:
Doctoral Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 06-July-2020
Victoria University of Wellington
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The PhD thesis is a major piece of original research that demonstrates the candidate’s ability to carry out independent research and constitutes a significant and original contribution to knowledge or understanding in a field of study. As well as intelligence and an aptitude for research, the degree requires considerable dedication and tenacity.

A PhD is generally required by those seeking careers in a university or research laboratory such as a Crown Research Institute. A number of private companies and government departments also carry out research and look for new employees with a PhD.


The thesis is assessed by three examiners - usually one from Victoria University, one from another New Zealand university and one from an overseas university. An oral examination is mandatory for all doctoral candidates at the University.

Entry criteria

Applicants normally have either an Honours or Masters degree in Engineering or Computer Science, or a closely related discipline and with at least second class (first division) honours.

Applicants will also need to propose, in general terms, a research project that can be supervised by a member of Victoria University staff. We expect that preparing a good research proposal will require the applicant to do background reading and engage in discussion with prospective supervisors. Students interested in entering the PhD programme are encouraged to discuss their plans with staff who may supervise their research.

IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0; TOEFL 90 on the internet-based test with at least 20 in writing; A minimum of two ratings of 5 and two ratings of 4 in the Victoria University English Proficiency Programme test; Pearson Test of English: score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50).


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