University Of Otago PhD

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) requires highly developed academic ability, independence and perseverance. Your thesis must reveal your ability to carry out research. It should also show your originality, independence, and make a significant contribution to knowledge in your chosen field – at least some of your work should be worthy of publication. Most students take between 3–4 years of full-time study to complete their PhD.

What are the benefits of a PhD?

Embarking on a PhD or doctorate requires commitment, enthusiasm and the ability to motivate yourself over 3–4 years of hard work. This means that the benefits of gaining such a qualification are many:

  • Gain specialist knowledge in your subject area, and work towards becoming an expert in your field
  • Achieve the advantage in a competitive job market, in an economy that is becoming increasingly knowledge-based
  • Develop transferable skills: problem-solving, critical reasoning,
  • Learn to think in-depth, and from different angles and perspectives
  • Make a positive impact on our society, economy, and the environment, through your research

Discover Otago’s PhD and doctoral programmes

Find out about Otago’s PhD programme

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How to apply

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PhD programme

Become an expert in your subject area – make a difference

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the highest degree offered by the University of Otago. It is awarded on the submission of a thesis which must meet rigorous standards. The following pages give prospective candidates, current candidates and staff involved in the PhD process, an in-depth look at Otago’s PhD programme.