PhD in New Zealand

Why Study in New Zealand

Following are the reasons to pursue PhD programs in New Zealand:


New Zealand has strict rules in order to protect overseas students’ safety and well-being. In New Zealand, both National and international students are welcomed in a friendly and secure environment. The “Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students,” is a regulation that safeguards international students’ rights and it has to be followed by everyone in New Zealand.

High Quality Education

There are eight universities in New Zealand and all of them are included in the QS World University rankings. These universities have good reputations across the world. The educational system of New Zealand is highly valued by the UN Human Development Index. The high quality educational system in New Zealand promotes practical as well as intellectual excellence.

Research & Pedagogy

New Zealand’s educational system is based on the educational system of the United Kingdom, and as a result, universities in New Zealand put a great focus on research-based teaching, which will eventually assist students in learning and studying everything in an organized manner, as well as dealing with any situation in a systematic manner. In New Zealand’s universities, your views and opinions as a student on multiple issues will be valued.

New Zealand’s educational faculty is well experienced and the universities are full of the latest technologies which will eventually help you research and study well.

New Zealand’s educational system excels in the subjects like- Physics, computer science, agriculture, engineering, healthcare, etc.

Quality Of Life

Every international student will have the opportunity to be successful in New Zealand’s multi-cultural environment. New Zealand has a very high quality of life that includes snow-capped mountains and active volcanoes to beaches and lush green landscapes. The people of New Zealand are extremely kind to all international students studying there.

Work and Study

International students in New Zealand can work up to 20 hours per week if they are pursuing a full-time degree program that has a duration of at least 2 years. One of the greatest advantages of working in New Zealand is that employers are paid on national holidays.

Top Universities

Following is the list of the top universities for PhD in New Zealand:

  • The University of Auckland
  • The University of Otago
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • University of Canterbury
  • Massey University
  • The University of Waikato
  • Lincoln University
  • Auckland University of Technology


Popular Field of PhD in New Zealand

Following is the list of popular fields of PhD in New Zealand for Indian students:

  • Health and Medicine Sciences
  • Engineering Science
  • Law
  • Political and Social Science
  • Business Studies


Program Duration & Cost of Education

PhD programs in New Zealand last for 3-4 years. The cost of pursuing PhD in New Zealand would depend on multiple factors like the university you choose, public/private factor of the university. However, the cost of studying for a PhD in New Zealand would range between NZD 6,500-9,000 per year.


Eligibility Criteria for PhD Programs

Strong Academic Credentials

A student would need an exceptional profile along with an MS degree in the relevant subject in order to pursue a PhD program in New Zealand.
Language requirements

Following are the tests you can consider for proving your proficiency in English:



A Sneak Peek into the PhD Application Process

Following is the list of the documents required to pursue PhD programs in New Zealand:

  • College Transcripts
  • Detailed Resume
  • Scanned Copy of Passport
  • Some universities require a research proposal
  • Application Form
  • Letters of Recommendation


Student Visa Terms and Provisions

Fees for Visa: Rs 4,218

Part-time Job in New Zealand: 20 Hours per week

Work Permit after study in New Zealand: You can apply for a visa to work in New Zealand for up to 3 years once you finish your study.

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