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University Of Auckland PhD Tuition Fees

Last Updated on November 12, 2022 by Fola Shade

The University of Auckland is a public university in New Zealand. It was established in 1883 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand and became an independent university in 1961. It is the largest of the three universities in New Zealand, with more than 40,000 students.

In order to apply for a PhD program at the University of Auckland, you need to contact them directly to find out if they offer your desired program and its requirements. They also give you an application form and ask you to provide information about yourself including your academic background and why you want to study there.

If you are applying from outside New Zealand, then they require international students to have an excellent academic record with at least a first class honours degree or equivalent qualification in their field of specialization from a recognized institution or university. International applicants are required to submit their academic transcripts along with their application forms so that they can be assessed by the academic staff before being accepted into any one of their PhD programs.

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University Of Auckland Phd Tuition Fees

You can find the estimated 2022 domestic, and 2022 and 2023 international student tuition fees for doctoral programmes in the tables below.

Student Services Fee

In addition to the tuition fees below, there is a Student Services Fee of $8.16 per point, estimated at $979.20 for full time study (120 points).

Domestic fees 2022

ProgrammeAnnual tuition fee based on 120 points
Doctor of Clinical PsychologyNZ$7,454.40
Doctor of EducationNZ$7,454.40
Doctor of Fine ArtsNZ$7,454.40
Doctor of MedicineNZ$7,454.40
Doctor of Music – SupervisedNZ$7,454.40
Doctor of Musical ArtsNZ$7,454.40
Doctor of PhilosophyNZ$7,454.40

International fees 2022

Doctoral programmeAnnual tuition fee based on 120 points
Doctor of Clinical Psychology  NZ$46,688.40
Doctor of EducationNZ$46,688.40
Doctor of Fine ArtsNZ$46,688.40
Doctor of MedicineNZ$46,688.40
Doctor of MusicNZ$46,688.40
Doctor of Musical ArtsNZ$46,688.40
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)NZ$7,454.40*

International fees 2022

Doctoral programmeAnnual tuition fee based on 120 points
Doctor of Clinical Psychology  NZ$48,555.60
Doctor of EducationNZ$48,555.60
Doctor of Fine ArtsNZ$48,555.60
Doctor of MedicineNZ$48,555.60
Doctor of MusicNZ$48,555.60
Doctor of Musical ArtsNZ$48,555.60
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)NZ$7,454.40* (in 2022)

*To be eligible for the domestic PhD fee, you must reside in New Zealand for the duration of your doctoral programme. However, you may undertake research activities overseas during your doctoral programme for a cumulative total of no more than 12 months.

As an international student, you are required to have health and travel insurance. See, Health and travel insurance.

International PhD students pay domestic fees

If you are a new international PhD student, you will pay the same annual tuition fee as New Zealand PhD students. The 2022 PhD tuition fee is NZ$7,454.40 per annum.

In additional to the tuition fee, there is a Student Services Fee estimated at $979.20 for full-time study.

To be eligible for the domestic PhD fee, you must reside in New Zealand for the duration of your doctoral programme. However, you may undertake research activities overseas during your doctoral programme for a cumulative total of no more than 12 months.

Other benefits for international PhD students

  • Your dependent children are classified as domestic students and can attend New Zealand’s primary and secondary schools at the same subsidised rate as New Zealand children.
  • Your spouse/partner is eligible for an open work permit valid for the duration of your PhD programme.
  • As a PhD student you have unlimited work rights under the terms of your student visa.
  • On completion of your PhD, you can apply for a three-year post study open work visa through Immigration New Zealand, which allows you to work for any employer in New Zealand. During the period of this work visa, you may be eligible to apply for residence under the skilled migrant instructions, provided you meet the points requirement set out by Immigration New Zealand. 

university of auckland phD scholarships for international students

The University will be awarding University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships to high-achieving doctoral candidates applying for admission to an approved doctoral programme1 at the University of Auckland for 2021. Scholarships are guaranteed for all ‘straight-A’ students, provided their most recent qualifying programme was completed at a New Zealand university2.

Students can be considered for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship only at the time of application for a place in the programme.

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship:

Doctoral stipends are increasing for 2021 to $28,500 p.a. (plus domestic fees), with the possibility of a six-month extension. There will be an annual cost-of-living adjustment to the doctoral stipend.

New doctoral applicants with a grade point average (GPA) of 8.00 or above, from their most recent qualifying programme, will be guaranteed a scholarship provided the qualifying programme was completed at a New Zealand university.

New Māori and domestic3 Pacific doctoral applicants with a GPA of 7.50 or above,* from their most recent qualifying programme, will be guaranteed a scholarship provided the qualifying programme was completed at a New Zealand university.

1. A PhD, DClinPsy or the research component of an approved doctorate.
2. There are eight universities in New Zealand: University of Auckland, AUT, University of Canterbury, Lincoln University, Massey University, University of Otago, University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington.
3. Citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand.

  • Outstanding new doctoral applicants who completed their most recent qualifying programme for doctoral study at an overseas institution will be considered for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship based on performance in the qualifying programme (including the standing of the awarding institution).
  • Other new doctoral applicants may be considered for a scholarship at the discretion of the Faculty Dean, provided they have a GPA/E of no less than 7.00 in the programme that qualifies them for doctoral study or are being considered for doctoral admission on the basis of an exceptional research record. The number of scholarships available across the University through the discretion of Faculty Deans is very limited, and the Faculty Dean may choose not to exercise this discretion in any given year. All University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships are awarded at the time of offer of place only.

For full eligibility and selection criteria, please consult the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations.

Candidates who are not successful in securing a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship are encouraged to apply for other scholarships offered by both the University and generous donors and organisations. You can find a list of these on the Scholarships website.  

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations

For more information, please read the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships regulations.

How can I find out if I am eligible for a guaranteed scholarship?

The University does not assess eligibility for a University of Auckland postgraduate scholarship prior to application for a place on a programme. So you must submit an application for admission in order to be considered for a scholarship. You will be advised of your eligibility once we have received your final grades and you have a firm offer of place for your chosen programme.

If you need to find out your grade point average (GPA) and you are a current student at the University of Auckland, the grades from your current programme of study are shown on your transcript, which can be accessed from Student Services Online at any time.

How to apply

It’s easy! When you apply for a place at the University, you will have the opportunity to confirm whether or not you also wish to be considered for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship — you don’t need to apply separately.

There are no scholarship “rounds” or application forms. This means you can apply for a place on a doctoral programme when you are ready, safe in the knowledge that you will also be assessed  for the scholarship when your grades are confirmed.

Scholarship offers will be made alongside offers of places in doctoral programmes.

Taking up your scholarship

While you will be asked to initially confirm acceptance of a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship within two weeks of it being offered, you will also need to enrol at the University in order for the scholarship to be awarded.

Once you receive a firm offer of place, you then have up to three months to start your programme and take up your scholarship if you are a domestic student or an international student with a New Zealand qualifying programme, or up to six months if you’re an international student with an overseas qualifying programme. For the Doctor of Clinical Psychology and the Doctor of Education, you need to be enrolled by the fixed start date of those programmes for the scholarship otherwise your scholarship will lapse. 

If you are starting your doctoral programme off-shore, the scholarship will pay your fees and administrative costs while you remain off-shore, but the stipend component will only commence once you arrive in New Zealand and set up a local bank account.

Once you’ve set up your New Zealand bank account, we will start making fortnightly stipend payments to that account (and we’ll continue to pay your fees and administrative costs).  Over the first 12 months after your arrival, you will also receive a second fortnightly payment to cover the payments that were not made while the borders remained closed. We will confirm to you what these payments will be, so you know what to expect each fortnight.

If, by the time you are able to travel to New Zealand, you submit your thesis in fewer than 12 months, we will pay your backdated stipend in equal instalments as though we were payment it for 12 months, and then any outstanding amount will be paid as a lump sum on the submission of your thesis.

What is a qualifying programme?

A qualifying programme is the most recently completed programme of study that qualifies you for entry to the doctoral programme for which you are applying.

How is the qualifying programme grade point average (GPA) calculated?

The GPA is usually calculated across all courses attempted in the qualifying programme. For exceptions, such as undergraduate honours degrees, see the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations.

New Zealand university grades are assigned a numerical value on a nine-point scale:

9 for an A+
8 for an A
7 for an A-
6 for a B+
5 for a B
4 for a B-
3 for a C+
2 for a C
1 for a C-
0 for a D+, D, D-; did not sit; did not complete

Courses where the only grades are Pass, Fail, Completed (CPL) or W (Withdrawn) do not contribute to the GPA.

Each grade value is then multiplied by the points value for that course.

The grade points are added together, and the sum divided by the total points value of all courses counting towards the GPA.

*If your whole programme at a New Zealand university consists of only one course (e.g. a thesis enrolment), the numerical GPA value for your grade in that course is your GPA for the programme (e.g. 7 for an A-; 8 for an A). A fractional GPA (e.g. 7.50) is not possible.

If your qualifying programme is from a recognised overseas university, we will convert your final grades into a University of Auckland equivalent.

Courses that are not assigned to your qualifying programme will not be included in the qualifying programme GPA.  

university of auckland scholarships for international students

As an international student in the Faculty of Arts, you could be eligible for a range of scholarships to fund your study.

Faculty of Arts International Masters Degree Scholarship

Up to five of these scholarships are awarded annually to international students, each for the duration of one year, to the value of up to $10,000 per annum.

University of Auckland International Student Excellence Scholarship

Up to 50 of these scholarships are awarded annually to international students undertaking an undergraduate degree, a postgraduate diploma or taught masters, to the value of up to $10,000 per annum.

Country-specific scholarships and funding

Arthington Davy Scholarship
A private-funded scholarship for students to carry out study and research that will benefit the Kingdom of Tonga.

Canadian student loans
The University of Auckland participates in the Canadian Federal and Provincial Student Loan programmes. Our Institution Code is VUAB.

Chilean CONICYT Scholarships
The Chilean Government CONICYT Scholarships are open to students from the Republic of Chile who intend to undertake a masters or PhD programme at the University of Auckland.

China Scholarship Council (CSC) scholarships
The CSC and the University of Auckland jointly award scholarships to Chinese students who want to carry out PhD study in New Zealand.

German Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Scholarships
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, or Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) funds the further academic and personal qualifications of outstanding German undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as young academics and researchers.

ICETEX (Colombia)
A loan for Colombian students who intend to pursue higher studies.

OSCS Scholarships
Scholarships for citizens of Thailand.

US Financial Aid
If you are a US Citizen you can apply for US Financial Aid to assist in funding your education while studying at the University of Auckland.

University of Auckland Fulbright Scholarship
A scholarship for citizens of the United States of America who are intending to take up Fulbright Awards to study in New Zealand and who intend to enrol full-time at the University of Auckland for an approved masters or doctoral degree.

Development Scholarships

Development scholarships provide an opportunity for students from selected developing countries to pursue studies in development-related fields.

Upon completion of their programmes, students are expected to return and contribute to the economic and social development of their home countries.

Currently we have scholarships funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) – Japan Scholarship Program (JSP) with financing from the Government of Japan.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) – Japan Scholarship
New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS)