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Waikato Management School
Te Raupapa

Doctor of Philosophy

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Entry to WMS PhD Programme

Before YOU fill in an application for our PhD programme, there are a series of matters for you to consider:

    1. Do you meet the academic entry requirements for this degree?
    2. Do you have a potential thesis topic area aligned with our research themes and expertise?
    3. Do you have proficiency in English language?
    4. Do you have sufficient financial resources to cover your fees and living expenses for the duration of your study?
    5. If you meet all these requirements and submit an application to our PhD programme, we will assess your proposal and the availability of a supervisor.
  1. Do you meet the academic entry requirements for this degree?
    • If you have a Masters degree with First Class Honours or Distinction (including a research component) in an area relevant for the research programme of your thesis, then you meet the academic requirements for entry to the PhD.
    • OR if you have a Masters degree with Second Class Honours (first division) or Distinction (including a research component) in an area relevant for the research programme of your thesis, then you can be considered for entry to the PhD.
    • OR if you have a Bachelors Honours degree with First Class Honours or Distinction (including a research component) in an area relevant for the research programme of your thesis, then you can be considered for entry to the PhD.
    • OR if you have a Bachelors degree with at least Second Class Honours (first division) or Distinction (including a research component) in an area relevant for the research programme of your thesis.
    • If you have a Masters degree not awarded with Honours or Distinction, OR if Honours is calculated on a different basis to the University of Waikato, then your results will be assessed to determine whether the grade point average you have obtained is equivalent to a B+ at the University of Waikato.
    • If you have an MBA with a research component and a B+ GPA, but do not have another specialised Masters degree or an Honours degree in the field of study for your PhD, then you will normally need to complete a Pathway Programme.
    • A Pathway Programme normally requires you to complete two to four 500 level papers, i.e. 60 to 120 credit points, with a B+ or higher GPA. In some cases it is possible to complete up to two papers during your initial period of enrolment for the PhD.
    • Note: A general MBA, even with an undergraduate degree, does not qualify for PhD entry.
    • Note: If you are coming from one of our strategic partner institutions, your application may be able to receive special consideration for academic entry requirements.
    • If you do not meet these requirements, you will need to consider taking another degree programme.
  2. Why are you considering enrolling in the PhD programme? What are you aiming to achieve from this study and qualification? These are important considerations as the purpose influences key decisions on the subject/discipline and the topic of your thesis. Do you have a potential thesis topic area which is based upon the latest literature in the field and aligns with the research expertise available in a subject offered by one of the Waikato Management School Departments?
    • PhD applications which do not have a good fit with the specific research themes and priorities of staff in one of our Departments will not normally be accepted.
    • There are many different subjects offered at the University of Waikato – in most cases your field of research will be related to the research areas covered in your Master’s degree.
    • The topic of your thesis is very important for your future career as it will influence your area of expertise.
    • Your initial proposal should be about three to six pages (double-spaced) and contain the following:
      • A working title
      • A clear and concise outline of the topic or research question and the proposed aim(s) or objective(s) of the study
      • An indication of the theoretical basis and research traditions that underlie the proposed work
      • A brief description of the research methodology
      • A statement identifying any ethical issues
      • An indication of specific resources required
      • A provisional time-line, showing stages of the work, including projected dates of submission of drafts of chapters/parts of the thesis and envisaged date of completion
  3. Do you have proficiency in English language?
    • If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate proficiency in English.
    • The minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5 with nothing lower than 6.0 in any individual band.
    • The minimum overall TOEFL score is 600, with a TWE (Test of Written English) of 5.0 or more.
    • As a New Zealand PhD involves writing a 80-100,000 word thesis, if you cannot demonstrate proficiency in English, you will not be able to be accepted into our PhD programme.
  4. Do you have sufficient financial resources to cover your fees and living expenses for the duration of your study?
    • To help with your calculations, the approximate fees and other costs for enrolment in an academic programme of 120 points (full-time) in 2015 are provided below. Note, tuition fees are set annually by the University and are subject to change.
    • All new international PhD students, studying full-time in New Zealand, are eligible to pay Domestic New Zealand annual tuition fees, including for one individual paper they may be required to complete as part of the period of conditional enrolment: For example - Category J: Business, Accountancy, Management, Law NZ $5,512
    • International PhD students, who are not resident in New Zealand and those who spend more than 12 months overseas during the period of their enrolment, are required to pay International annual tuition rates: For example - Management NZ$26,500
    • Estimates of the costs of living in Hamilton, New Zealand can be obtained by looking at information on costs of accommodation, food and beverages, utilities and transportation. Information on fees and costs, to assist international students, is provided on the website: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/students/international/fees/
    • The University of Waikato offers limited numbers of Doctoral Scholarships each year with applications processed in two rounds which normally close on 30 April and 31 October for both NZ Residents/Permanent Residents and International Students.  For details see: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/research/scholarships/current/#Doctoral
    • As the University has very limited funding available for PhD students, if you do not have access to sufficient financial resources at this stage in your career, then you are advised to reconsider your plans and perhaps apply when you have accumulated the necessary funds or found alternative sources of funding.
  5. Once we have assessed your eligibility and your proposal, we make contact with the relevant Department to see if they have a suitable supervisor who is available to take on an additional PhD student at this time. Acceptance into the PhD programme is not automatic, even if you meet all the requirements discussed above. Please do not contact the academic staff directly regarding supervision.
    • The University can only accept your application for the PhD programme if there is appropriate supervision available with research expertise and interests to match with your proposed topic.
    • Many of our leading researchers can only take on an extra PhD student when one of their current students completes their degree and leaves the Department.
    • Each application is reviewed at the Faculty and Department Level before being accepted or declined.
    • Once received by the Faculty, your application can take at least four weeks to process
    • Note, you can speed up the processing of your application by making sure you supply ALL of the documents requested.
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