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General requirements for PhD Degree in New Zealand

New Zealand may only have 8 universities but they are reputable and well-recognized in the world. All international PhD students accepted for enrolment at a New Zealand university pay the same fees as New Zealand domestic students. The government in New Zealand covers up to 85% of tuition fees for PhD international students

  • Browse the availability of your research field at the desired university
  • Provide at least two recommendation letters
  • Write a personal statement
  • Submit your research proposal
  • Provide your updated C.V. (if required)
  • Provide a copy of your passport
  • Provide experience letters (if required)
Academic requirements for PhD Degree in New Zealand
  • Provide your Bachelor’s certificate and academic transcripts
  • Provide your Master’s certificates and academic transcripts in addition to thesis (if applicable)
  • Sit an English proficiency test (IELTS, TOEFL or PTE) and provide your official score sheet once released
Program Minimum Required IELTS Overall Score Minimum Accepted IELTS Overall Score
PhD 6.5 5.5 (Pre-sessional English to be arranged)
*Please note that some majors such as pharmacy and linguistics may require an IELTS overall score of 7.0
Tuition Fees

The average yearly tuition fee of a PhD degree in New Zealand is $5,000 - $7,000