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Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Doctoral Degree

Duration

3 years

Next start date

Expected July 2022

Campus

Grafton Campus

Summary

The PhD is a globally recognised postgraduate research degree and the highest level of degree you can achieve. PhD students are critical, curious, creative thinkers who undertake original research over at least 3 years.

This course is also offered at overseas locations.

Medicine

Medicine is a rewarding and dynamic vocation that encompasses a variety of health care practices for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.

Medicine is a field of study with exciting challenges and great rewards. Studying Medicine will prepare you with the medical knowledge, clinical and research skills, attitudes, awareness and enthusiasm for a vocation in a range of medical fields.

You will also learn how to develop a rapport with patients from a diverse range of cultures - gaining their trust as well as learning how to work effectively with colleagues in other healthcare professions.

There are many possible career options in medicine. You may want to become a general practitioner (GP) or specialise in one of the fields below.

  • Anaesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency medicine
  • General medicine
  • Geriatric medicine
  • Gynaecology
  • Medical research and education
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics
  • Oncology
  • Paediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Psychiatry
  • Public health
  • Radiology
  • Surgery

Programme structure

The University of Auckland PhD is a three-to-four year full-time advanced research degree.

On possible to the PhD programme, you will be enrolled provisionally. By the end of your first year, you must meet a number of goals to be confirmed into the PhD programme, including developing a full thesis proposal. After confirmation, you will continue to work on your research before submitting your thesis for examination after three years and within four years of your start date. The examination process includes an oral exam.

As part of your PhD study, you can take part in our doctoral skills programme, designed to help you achieve success in your research and develop skills for your future. We have a dedicated postgraduate careers advisor, and our library service includes specialist subject librarians to help you in your research. The central School of Graduate Studies provides dedicated support and advice for the doctoral community.

Where could this programme take you?

Our PhD graduates are successful in a wide range of fields and careers, as well as the traditional academic research career path. The PhD gives you extensive specialist and transferable skills, which are sought after in many sectors, including industry and government, and can even help you to develop entrepreneurship skills to run your own startup.

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