Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

University of Auckland Law School

Program Description

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

University of Auckland Law School

Stimulating and rewarding, embarking on a PhD at the Auckland Law School requires a high level of self-motivation and discipline, providing an exciting opportunity to engage in independent, cutting-edge research.

The PhD is a thesis-only research degree programme, usually requiring full-time study for three to fours years or part-time for six to eight years. The degree is undertaken under supervision and candidates must complete a sustained course of advanced legal research resulting in the production of a substantial original thesis.

Candidates for a PhD in Law will have a Master of Laws with first class honours or second class (first division) honours; or the equivalent. Candidates must have demonstrated an ability to pursue a course of advanced independent research and study in law. Outstanding LLB(Hons) graduates may be considered, but are encouraged to complete first the Auckland Law School one-year Masters programme.

Why study with us?

"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)

PhD research areas

Your PhD research will be guided by an appointed supervisor (usually a senior academic from the Auckland Law School) and co-supervisor.

The Auckland Law School academic staff have a wide range of academic specialisations. Many of these academics are available to supervise doctoral students. We may ask potential supervisors to make contact with you once we have received a complete online application.

Entry requirements

Candidates for a PhD in Law will have a Master of Laws with first class honours or second class (first division) honours; or the equivalent. Candidates must have demonstrated an ability to pursue a course of advanced independent research and study in law. Outstanding LLB(Hons) graduates may be considered, but are encouraged to complete first the Auckland Law School one-year Masters programme.

The degree is governed by the general University PhD regulations. It is a thesis-only research degree usually requiring full-time study for three to four years at the University of Auckland. The degree is undertaken under supervision and candidates must complete a sustained course of advanced legal research resulting in the production of a substantial original thesis.

Candidates who have English as a second language must also meet the language standards for entry to the University of Auckland.

(IELTS (Academic) Overall score of 7.0 and all bands 6.5 or better; Paper based TOEFL Overall score of 600 plus Essay (TWE) of 5.0; Internet based TOEFL (iBT) Overall score of 100 plus a Writing score of 24).

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated November 10, 2017
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New Zealand - Auckland
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