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Victoria University of Wellington


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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Humanities and Social Science

Key information

Level of study:
Doctoral Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 09-November-2020
Victoria University of Wellington
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A PhD is an advanced research qualification and is the highest degree offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The PhD is examined by thesis after a minimum of two but typically three years of full-time supervised research. It can also be undertaken part-time. Supervision for PhD research is available in almost all subject areas offered by the Faculty.

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 of a field of study. As well as intelligence and an aptitude for research, the degree requires considerable dedication and tenacity.

The Wellington Faculty of Graduate Research (WFGR) is the best place to start if you are interested in doctoral study at Victoria. Its website will link you to the online application process, provide you with details of available funding, application dates, and answers to questions you may have about what is involved in undertaking a PhD.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences places a high value on research and provides ongoing support and services for PhD students, including access to financial support through the Faculty’s joint research committee. PhD students may be eligible for grants of up to $2,000 a year. Information on how to apply is available on the Faculty’s intranet.

Entry criteria

Student will need a Bachelor's degree with Honours or a Master's degree at a New Zealand university, with an overall GPA of no less than 6 (letter grade B+).

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 of Wellington English Proficiency Programme (EPP) test; Pearson Test of English: score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50).


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