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Doctor of Philosophy in Geology

Key information

Level of study:
Doctoral Degree
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Duration:
3 years
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Start date: 28-February-2022
Campus:
University of Auckland
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Summary

The PhD is a globally recognised postgraduate research degree, the highest level of degree you can achieve. PhD students are critical, curious, creative thinkers who undertake original research over at least 3 years. As well as your supervised original research, through your doctoral programme you will have opportunities to expand and develop your personal and professional skills. Doctoral candidates present their work at local and international conferences, and are encouraged to network and collaborate with a wide range of experts in their research field.

This course is also offered at overseas.

Geology

Geology considers the physical forces that act on the Earth, the chemistry of its constituent materials, and the biology of its past inhabitants as revealed by fossils.

Geology covers a diverse range of subject matter including, but not limited to, volcanology, geothermal energy, paleo-climates and environments, economic geology, natural hazards, applied geophysics and the various rock and mineral forming processes.

You’ll gain an internationally accepted qualification, excellent research skills and the knowledge to work in many exciting fields. Being based in the impressive natural laboratory of Auckland, with an array of field equipment and analytical facilities to support our research activities, is a real advantage.

Where can Geology take you?

Graduates can expect to find employment locally and internationally, working for environmental consultancies, geological and exploration companies, engineering firms, local or central government.

You could be doing geological surveys and mapping, geochemical and geophysical exploration, petroleum and gas assessment, coal field development, surveying, mineral processing and mining, assessing natural hazards, audits, land stability studies, oceanography and education.

Programme structure

The University of Auckland PhD is a three-to-four year full-time advanced research degree.

On entry to the PhD programme, you will be enrolled provisionally. By the end of your first year, you must meet a number of goals to be confirmed into the PhD programme, including developing a full thesis proposal. After confirmation, you will continue to work on your research before submitting your thesis for examination after three years and within four years of your start date. The examination process includes an oral exam.

As part of your PhD study, you can take part in our doctoral skills programme, designed to help you achieve success in your research and develop skills for your future. We have a dedicated postgraduate careers advisor, and our library service includes specialist subject librarians to help you in your research. The central School of Graduate Studies provides dedicated support and advice for the doctoral community.

Entry criteria

Masters-level qualification or the equivalent of a bachelor's degree with honours

Evidence of significant research, usually undertaken as part of prior study

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

Course variations

28-February-2022 - Epsom Campus

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Epsom Campus
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Grafton Campus
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28-February-2022 - Newmarket Campus

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