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PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Business

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Level of Study

Doctoral Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jan 2024


University of Canterbury


The UC Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a research-only degree carried out under expert supervision and using world-class facilities. At UC you can complete a PhD in over 70 subjects, joining over 1,000 students from more than 60 nations.

A PhD involves extensive, sustained and original research and study in your chosen subject, with the results being presented in a thesis that will contribute to intellectual knowledge of the field. It is a mark of intellectual ability, self-discipline and commitment. A PhD prepares you for a number of careers, including as an academic.

As part of the admissions process, you must identify a potential research supervisor before submitting a formal application to enrol in a PhD. A supervisor must be an academic member of staff at UC. To find out more about the research interest of staff, start by searching the database in the UC Research Directory.

Candidates may begin a PhD on the first day of any month of the year. Study and research for the PhD is regarded as a full-time occupation throughout the calendar year. The minimum period of enrolment for a full-time candidate is 3 years and the maximum period 4 years; most PhD students take between three and three-and-a-half years.

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Doctor of Philosophy.

Entry criteria

Enrolment in a PhD requires completion of a research-focused honours or master’s degree, at First or Second Class (Division I) Honours or Distinction level (or equivalent qualifications). PhD candidates must contact a potential supervisor before applying.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

This qualification can be started in: First day of any month, as agreed with senior supervisor (December and January starts are not recommended).

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