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Students who pursue a PhD degree take part in a programme of advanced study and research, the results of which they will present in a thesis.

The thesis is a formal and systematic exposition of a coherent piece of research work carried out over the period of registration. It shall be an original contribution to the field of study and is required to meet internationally recognised standards for such work, as outlined in the Statute and Guidelines for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PDF).

Enquiries relating to the administration of the PhD degree and the associated procedures should be directed to:

Graduate Centre
Clock Tower, East Wing
5 Symonds Street
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 86899

Entry to PhD

The normal requirement for admission to the PhD is an Honours degree with second class honours division 1 or better, either MSc, BSc(Hons), or BTech. Candidates with overseas qualifications should consult the school for advice and assessment of their qualifications. Candidates may be required to enrol in one or more courses concurrent with research work to complement either their research work or their background in the subject.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be offered in the form of a PhD fellowship associated with a specific research project, or teaching duties within the department. Note that financial assistance available from the department is extremely limited, and all candidates are strongly encouraged to apply to all external sources of PhD funding for which they are eligible.

Application, admission and enrolment

The University of Auckland invites you to develop and submit your Application for Admission (AfA) online. This process makes the submission of an application straightforward and provides you with a clear channel for enquiring about doctoral study and acquiring a supervisor. The online AfA allows for inclusion of sufficient information to enable us to assess you as a potential doctoral candidate and subsequently advise you appropriately.

As the AfA is an online process, you will need to log in. If you are a student or staff member of this University, log in using your username and password. If you are new to The University of Auckland, you will need to register with us first.

Before you start to develop your online AfA, you will need to have the following information to hand and some documents in electronic format ready for uploading.

  • Your IELTS, TOEFL and TWE test scores if you have sat such tests within the last two years
  • Transcripts of your highest tertiary qualification
  • Curriculum vitae and/or resume
  • Statement of Research Intent
  • Research projects within the School of Chemical Sciences are developed collaboratively with a potential supervisor. We recommend that you look at the research interests of our staff and select a potential supervisor. If that supervisor agrees to proceed with the Afa process with you, you should write an outline of your intended topic and areas of interest for doctoral study (minimum 250 words).
  • Two written academic references are also required during the application process.

The School will contact you directly if additional documents are required.

Complete an Application for Admission (AfA)

For further information on the PhD in Chemistry degree, please contact:

Dr Bruno Fedrizzi
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88473