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Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

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Level of Study

Doctoral Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Grafton Campus


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.

Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering is a well-established discipline that involves communications and control technology, the development and exploitation of electric power systems, the design and implementation of complex signal processing devices on computer platforms, robotics design, the application of modern instrumentation, and high-power electronics. Offered by our Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, this discipline is vital in ensuring the reliability and sustainability of upcoming generations of electricity transmission, industrial automation, communication infrastructure and electric vehicles.

Many students pursue this specialisation for its adaptability – the fundamental theories it provides lead to broad applications. Our faculty is also proud to be home to research leaders in many areas of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, including green and renewable energy, and wireless power transfer, which may someday lead to our ability to charge vehicles on-the-go in some cities.

Where can Electrical and Electronic Engineering take you?

Graduates of this field tend to be recognised as a best bet for future-proofing as the technological world embraces rapid advancement in digital and processing systems. Not many engineering disciplines change as rapidly as Electrical and Electronic Engineering. This opens up possibilities for graduates to envision the types of technological challenges they will pursue – we see them in a wide range of industries, either following traditional pathways as electrical engineers, or seizing new opportunities in robotics, communications, information systems and processing plants.

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.

Entry criteria

Masters-level qualification or the equivalent of a bachelor's degree with honours

Evidence of significant research, usually undertaken as part of prior study

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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