A Lincoln University Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) qualification will give you the opportunity to not only challenge yourself to new levels of thinking and problem solving, it will give you the knowledge and skills to create new land-based knowledge that will ultimately benefit society. Our goal is to provide you with a PhD programme that will have you working alongside professional and scientific individuals and organisations, and industry, throughout New Zealand and the world. There are many, many complex issues facing the land-based sectors across the globe and Lincoln's PhDs are helping to address them. You are challenged to join these great minds to make a difference.
Summary of Regulations
- Students are required to complete three-years of research. Coursework is not usually a component. However, students may be asked to complete some courses, or choose to do so, especially if unfamiliar with some aspect of the proposed research topic;
- Defend the PhD via an oral examination after it has been independently assessed.
You need an appropriate/relevant postgraduate honours degree with second class honours, division one or its equivalent (or higher) to apply for a PhD at Lincoln.
You must also provide confirmation that the qualifications have been awarded. Please include one of the following:
- Award Certificate;
- Statement on the transcript;
- Letter from the awarding institution.
- Should be brief and must include tertiary education and any employment or project experience.
Statement of Research Interest
- Please complete the 'Research Statement (Masters thesis and PhD)' document.
References (two references)
- At least one or both of your referees should both be in a position to comment on your academic performance and ability to complete the degree and at least one or both must be familiar with your recent work. If you have completed a thesis, dissertation or project we will expect your supervisor to provide a reference.
- Your application can be processed more quickly if these confidential reports are sent to us either in sealed envelopes or e-mailed. These references must be signed and dated to enable assessment.
A research abstract of previous project/dissertation or thesis.
English Language Requirements
Lincoln University recognises achievements through a limited number of recognised tests of English Language.
- IELTS: 6.5 overall band score, with no individual component less than 6.0;
- TOEFL iBT: Overall score of 80 (with minimum writing score of 21 and minimum speaking score of 18);
- CAE and FCE: Overall CAE score of 176, with no individual component less than 169;
- PTE (Academic): 58 overall score - with no communicative skill less than 50;
- Lincoln University English Language: GCAE or LU EL 70%;
- NZCEL: Level 5 (Academic or Professional Endorsement).
Lincoln University Graduate Scholarships
The scholarships were established to provide opportunities for students to pursue postgraduate study and research at Lincoln University.
New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships
To be eligible for a New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship (NZIDRS), applicants must meet the requirements for entry into a research-based doctoral degree programme at a New Zealand university and comply with the eligibility criteria of the scholarships.
The scholarships provide financial support for international students wishing to undertake doctoral degrees by research in New Zealand universities. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and a set of selection criteria.
Lincoln University Doctoral Scholarships
The scholarships were established to provide opportunities for students to pursue PhD study and research at Lincoln University.