Doctor of Philosophy

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The programme enables you to make an original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your field of study and meet recognised international standards for such work. You have a minimum of two supervisors to guide and advise you, with one assigned as the primary supervisor.

A PhD qualifies students as experts in their fields. The opportunities to apply this knowledge will be extensive, both in industry and academia.

Start date: Anytime



Stage one
You are admitted provisionally in the first year where you will refine your preliminary proposal into a fully fledged PhD proposal (the PGR9 document). This document critically reviews the significant work done in the area of research. The PGR9 proposal should also contain a suitable research methodology and methods along with a time-frame for completion of the degree that highlights important milestones to be achieved in the next couple of years. Once your PGR9 proposal is completed and approved through the faculty processes it is submitted to the University Postgraduate Board for full admission approval.

Stage two
Once you have completed your research proposal, you will typically refine your design, collecting data and conducting your research as appropriate. Results are analysed and may be published through international conferences, journal publications and peer review as this lends further credibility to the research.

Stage three
The first step in the final stage of the PhD is spent finalising the data analysis. Thereafter, the PhD thesis should be written and submitted to the supervisors for feedback. It should be noted that the process of finalising the thesis is time consuming as typically two or even three draft versions need to be produced before the thesis is in a form that is ready for submission and examination.


Entry requirements

  • Guidelines to entry
  • PGR2: Admission to a doctoral programme
  • A portfolio (where required)


Colab PhD Scholarship

Purpose and background of award

Colab is the collaboratory for Design and Creative Technologies at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand. Our aim is to encourage researchers, students and stakeholders to imagine, construct, articulate and navigate rapidly changing social, economic, technological and career environments.

To support innovative interdisciplinary research that reflects Colab’s future focused aspirations in such areas as gaming, entrepreneurship, materials design and visualization Colab will offer a full PhD scholarship.

Entry criteria

  • • The scholarship is available to domestic and international applicants.
  • • Applicants must meet the entry requirements for the PhD programme at AUT.
  • • The scholarships are available on merit to New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and international students.


Closing dates for applications



$25,000 annual stipend Tuition fees Plus compulsory student fees

Number of awards offered


Tenure of award

Up to three years to be reviewed annually.

Application process

The applicant must submit to the Scholarships Office by 4.00 pm on the closing date;
• The completed AUT Scholarship application form
• Copies of transcripts for any study completed at an institution other than AUT 
• A copy of the Research Proposal (Section 1. PGR2) that will be submitted as a component of the application for admission.

Selection process

• The applications will be reviewed and awarded by the Colab Postgraduate and Research Management team. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the projects potential to enhance Colab's research culture.
• No scholarships will be awarded if the Management team considers the applications not to be of sufficient merit.
• Preference will be given to applicants who are able to commit full time to their research as they are more likely to make a higher contribution to Colab’s research culture.
• Applications will be awarded as soon as possible after the closing date.

The Scholarship will be awarded as soon as possible after the closing date.


What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

• The recipient must accept the Offer of Place before the scholarships is taken up. 
• The recipient may not hold other scholarships with this award. 
• The recipient must sign the AUT Postgraduate scholarship contract. This contract restricts employment hours to a maximum of 600 hours per year. 
• Recipients must submit all six monthly reporting for the doctoral programme at AUT during the tenure of the award and move from provisional to full registration within the time frame outlined in the Postgraduate Handbook.


For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:
Phone: +64 9 921 9837



Study abroad fees at AUT University: what you'll pay

2016 fees per semester in NZ dollars

  • Tuition fee for Study Abroad: NZ$12,500 per semester
  • Enrolment fee: NZ$150
  • Learner services levy: NZ$320.08 per 60 points
  • Placement fee (internship option only): NZ$800
  • AUT Insurance Premium: NZ$294.50 per semester

Other compulsory fees (in addition to tuition fees)

  • 2016 Compulsory Student Services Fee - $573.30 for 120 points or $4.77 per academic point (GST incl)
  • 2016 Building Levy- $66.85 for 120 points or $0.56 per academic point (GST incl)
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