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Waikato Management School
Te Raupapa

Doctor of Philosophy


Two postgraduate research degrees are offered within the Waikato Management School: the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil).

Both degrees allow students to undertake supervised research and prove their abilities to design, conduct, and write up a major research project. The MPhil is the shorter of the two qualifications, requiring a minimum of one year of full-time study or two years' part-time. The PhD takes a minimum of three years' full-time and six years' part-time study.

If you enrol for the PhD or MPhil in Waikato Management School, you will work with highly respected and experienced doctoral-qualified supervisory staff. All of our staff are encouraged to publish extensively and consistently in high-level international and peer-reviewed journals, present at international conferences, and many are involved in research for industry, government, and major grant awarding bodies. Details of specific research themes and topics which are suitable for postgraduate research degrees are available on department web pages.

We provide a range of support to our postgraduate students. Academic support is provided by your supervisors, and all are backed by an extensive network within the wider University and School including the Pro-Vice Chancellor Postgraduate, the Centre for Tertiary Teaching & Learning, the School's Director of the Doctoral Programme, Department Chairpersons, and Department PhD Convenors or Graduate Convenors.

The School has a PhD Network which organises regular workshops on a wide range of topics which are relevant for PhD students; on research design, research methods, writing and publications, as well as preparation for careers.

Some financial support is also available to our students. The University Scholarship Office provides detailed information on a number of different scholarships, see

You may also be able to obtain financial support from your department to conduct your research, attend conferences, and purchase resources. There may also be opportunities to take on a teaching assistantship or tutoring work.

We encourage student participation in research seminars, departmental working papers, and local and international conferences. All are important in building your investigation skills and acquiring the feedback needed to make your research outcome of the highest quality. Our annual Waikato Management School Student Research Conference is held on-site, contributing further to the all-important learning environment.

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