Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Why study with us?

Chris Noonan

"Undertaking a PhD will be one of the most challenging and exciting journeys of your life. We're glad you have decided to find out more about why the Auckland Law School is a great choice for your postgraduate study.

Explore these pages, watch the videos and read about our exciting new Dean's Doctoral Scholarship and Faculty of Law Doctoral Fellowship.

Then take the next step and apply to join us here at the University of Auckland. We look forward to welcoming you into our doctoral studies programme."

Associate Professor Chris Noonan
Associate Dean (Postgraduate) and Associate Dean (International)

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“My supervisors are both very kind and well-known academics. The PhD candidates at the Law School are incredibly friendly and helpful. I feel that we share ‘comradeship in law’.” Heida Donegan

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The Auckland Law School leads the development of quality postgraduate legal education in New Zealand. Our postgraduate degrees are internationally recognised, with graduates who are valued and sought after throughout New Zealand and the world.

Click the link below to find out more about the requirements for PhD study, what it's like to live and study in Auckland, and much more!

For general enquiries visit Ask Auckland. For more specialised enquiries contact Postgraduate Student Adviser Angela Vaai.

How does the supervisor relationship work?

Working with your PhD supervisor at the Auckland Law School

Working with your PhD supervisor will be key to your success as a postgraduate researcher. So, what can you expect within that working relationship?

Professor Klaus Bosselmann and his PhD student Lucy Stroud who is studying in the area of International Law. "The selection of where to study was simple - the University of Auckland is a renowned hub for pioneering research, nestled amidst the rain forests and shores of a multicultural city that I love."

Financial funding opportunities

There are fantastic doctoral funding opportunities available to consider when applying to undertake a PhD at the Auckland Law School.

University of Auckland Law School's Dean's Doctoral Scholarships

These exciting new scholarships were established in 2016. You will automatically be considered for one of these fully funded scholarships if your PhD application is approved. Find out more.

Faculty of Law Doctoral Fellowship

When you are accepted to study for a PhD at the Auckland Law School, not only will you automatically be considered for a Dean's Doctoral Scholarship, you will have the opportunity to apply for a Faculty of Law Doctoral Fellowship, which entitles the recipient to part-time work within the faculty assisting academics. Find out more.

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships

The University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship covers tuition fees and provides an annual allowance of NZ$27,000 in the form of a fortnightly stipend. When you apply for a place at the University of Auckland, you are automatically considered for this scholarship too. In order to qualify, international students' applications for doctoral studies need to have been accepted by 30 June, and domestic students by 30 September annually. The Scholarship may, however, be awarded at any time for applicants with a GPA of 8.  Find out more.

There are other scholarships available through the University. See which ones you qualify for.

For more information on any of the above funding opportunities, contact Postgraduate Student Adviser Angela Vaai.

Meet some of our researchers

Why choose the Auckland Law School for your PhD study?

If you are considering PhD study, the Auckland Law School has a wealth of staff well regarded in a wide range of subject areas.  

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