Doctor of Philosophy

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Massey’s Doctor of Philosophy is a prestigious research qualification essential for a rewarding academic career in any research institution or university. It’s the highest supervised degree Massey University offers.

To do a PhD you need to have a passion for your subject, and pursue it to the limit.

The degree is awarded for a thesis that demonstrates the candidate's ability to carry out independent and original research that provides a significant contribution to the knowledge and understanding of a field of study.

Candidates can complete a thesis with publications or a monograph, depending on the supervisor’s advice. The programme is expected to be completed within three to four years full-time or six years part-time.

Opportunities for research and career development

PhD candidates can access the UK Vitae platform which is a world leader in supporting the professional development of researchers. Massey is the only New Zealand university that subscribes to Vitae.

We support and provide training for all candidates to participate in the annual university 3MT (Three-Minute Thesis) competition and offer lucrative prize money for the winners.

Workshops to hone your skills

Massey offers a wide range of workshops to PhD candidates.

  • Graduate Research School - develop your research skills from project management to writing a research funding application.
  • The Centre for Teaching and Learning - improve your study skills with writing support workshops.
  • Massey Library - develop as a researcher, including learning strategies for getting published and data management.

Accessible lecturers and supervisors

Massey University academic staff provide quality and caring supervision and are easily accessible. We limit our PhD enrolments to high-achieving candidates, so you’ll receive close attention and regular interaction with staff. You’ll have at least two supervisors, allowing you to benefit from a range of expertise.

Great connections and facilities

Massey has close relationships with leading research organisations worldwide, and we regularly host visiting researchers and experts in many fields.

You’ll have access to excellent research facilities and equipment, and benefit from Massey’s connections with industry.

Regular feedback and support

Start your research journey as part of the Massey researcher community. We place a strong emphasis on pastoral care and creating social networks.

Graduate Research School

The Graduate Research School provides administrative support for doctoral degrees as well as advice about all doctoral-related matters.

Information for prospective doctoral students.

A good fit if you:

  • Want a research career in industry or academia
  • Have a passion for your subject
  • Want to be treated as a research colleague, not a student
  • Are keen to take ownership of a research project
  • Wish to become an expert in your field
Dr Parussaya Kiatkheeree
Doctor of Philosophy in Education
Lecturer in English / Director of ASEAN Studies and Development Centre, Suratthani Rajabhat University, Thailand

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I came to Massey University because it is a well-known university with a high number of professional teaching staff. I discovered that Massey has a friendly environment and the best professors.

I loved all the things at Massey. I loved working in the Institute of Education, reading in the quiet library, and discussing my thesis with professors and friends. I was very impressed with the learning facilities at this large University and I enjoyed spending time on the beautiful campus.

Studying at Massey gave me the advantage of working with many units inside and outside the University. I also had many great opportunities to attend workshops organised by international organisations.

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