UniversityUniversity of Auckland
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Expected Jul 2023
University of Auckland
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.
Perinatal Science is the study of all aspects of maternal and child health from pre-conception through to early childhood.
Perinatal science combines basic science and clinical research to investigate all aspects of early life development. This includes changes in the maternal environment (for example nutrition) and complications of pregnancy. Research in this area is about identifying the factors that impact a child’s long-term health, and pinpointing the determinants of a long, healthy life. An important part of perinatal science is identifying opportunities for intervention prior to conception and in early life, and translating these research findings into changes in clinical practice.
The Liggins Institute at the University’s Grafton campus is a centre of research excellence in the field of perinatal science. Based opposite Auckland City Hospital, you’ll be supervised by practising clinicians and widely published academic staff with expertise ranging from paediatrics to physiology. It’s this cross-disciplinary approach that uniquely places us to view human health problems from multiple angles.
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.
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.