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The PhD programme in NZ universities is similar to the UK model
(rather than the US model). A PhD is based entirely on research
leading to the writing of a thesis. The minimum completion time
(for full time PhD study) is two and a half years, and the maximum
time allowed before submission is six years. To be accepted as
a PhD student a candidate would normally need to have a 1st class
or upper 2nd class honours degree in the given field (or a related
field) of study or a Masters degree. Also, the student must show
evidence of prior research experience. This may be satisfied by
the completion of a substantial undergraduate research project,
a master's thesis, or the publication of academic papers.
For NZ citizens and permanent residents, the annual fee for PhD
study is NZ$4123, but check the domestic
fees Web page for the most recent information. Australian,
French and German citizens also pay fees at this rate due to reciprocal
agreements between these countries and New Zealand.
For international students (other than citizens of Australia,
France and Germany), the fees for full-time study are NZ$21000
per year for a PhD. See the international
fees Web page for the latest details.
Most international students must arrange for medical and travel
insurance to cover their entire period of study in New Zealand,
although students funded by Commonwealth and NZAID scholarships
will have access to publicly funded NZ health services. Students
whose previous degree has been conferred at a university outside
New Zealand may be required to provide a certified copy of their
academic record, translated into ECTS points and grades, or ratings
as supplied by the designated Qualification Evaluation Agency:
(The fee for this service must be paid by the
Qualifications awarded by institutions having a student
exchange agreement with the University of Otago do not usually
need to be evaluated, nor do qualifications awarded in the following
countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Fiji,
France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Norway,
Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA. Also, students
with degrees from 27
approved Indian universities do not need to get an ECE evaluation,
provided that their applications are submitted through one of
the University of Otago's approved agents in India. However, students
with degrees from these Indian universities are still required
to obtain an ECE evaluation if applying for an Otago International
For students who don't have English as a first language, the
university requires evidence of English language competence. This
requirement can be satisfied by a recent score of 587 (with TWE
4.5) on a TOEFL paper test, 240 (with 4.5 for the essay) on a
TOEFL computer test, or 6.5 in IELTS (with no band below 6.0).
There are also two other options: a B grade in the Cambridge Certificate
of Proficiency in English (CPE) or a grade 4 result in the Advanced
Placement Iternational English Language (APIEL) examination. The
English language requirements can sometimes be waived if a studdent
is able to provide evidence that a previous degree was taught
in English and/or that he or she has lived or worked in an English
speaking environment. The decision of whether to waive the requirements
is made on a case-by-case basis.
NZ residents and citizens of NZ, Australia,
France and Germany can apply for a University
of Otago Postgraduate Scholarship
. The PhD Scholarship pays
living costs of NZ$20000 plus fees and a thesis-binding allowance.
There are also ten Otago Prestigious Scholarships available
which pay NZ$25000 plus fees and a thesis-binding allowance.
The closing date for applications for these two types of scholarship
is 1 November. Scholarship decisions are made largely based
on a grade point average of the "advanced courses"
(generally 3rd and 4th year courses) in the applicant's previous
degree. There is no fixed cut-off score, but to give an indication
of the standard required, for 2003 the successful candidates
had an average GPA of at least 6.93 (a high B+ in our scale
where A+ = 9 and C- = 1).
For international students (other than citizens
of Australia, France and Germany), the university has International
PhD Scholarships worth US$14000. These scholarships can be held
for up to three years. Scholarship holders still have to pay
course fees and there is no living allowance on top of this.
These are awarded once a year to candidates who send in their
postgraduate study application by 15 October. The results will
be known by the third week of December. (Note that the number
of these scholarships is limited, and therefore they are highly
competitive. However, the New Zealand government has just announced
that it will put an extra NZ$40 million into the international
education industry from 2005. Under this 4-year plan, 33 extra
international scholarships will be available nationwide in 2005,
with 200 scholarships projected for 2007.)
The Dr Sulaiman Daud Jubilee 125 Scholarship
is available to students from Malaysia for Masters or PhD study.
For PhD students it is worth NZ$20000 per year for a maximum
of three years and also covers fees at the international rate.
The New Zealand Agency for International Development
for students from certain developing countries for study in
areas of developmental relevance to their home countries. The
scholarship covers tuition, enrolment/orientation fees, return
economy fare travel and provision for students to meet course
and basic living costs. Students from China must write to the
State Education Commission (SEDC), 37 Da Mu Cang Hu Tong, 100816
Beijing to apply to be considered under this scheme. Applications
must reach the University of Otago International Office by 30
June to be considered for funding for the following year.
Students qualifying for New Zealand residency
pay fees at the rate for NZ students. The
NZ Immigration Service
has details about the residency points
system. Only in rare circumstance are we able to offer full-time
research jobs to postgraduate students, who then work on a thesis
concurrently with their paid research. This possibility depends
on the supervisor of the research having a research grant with
funds allocated for such a position.
There is no graduate assistantship scheme similar
to that run by US universities. We employ tutors to help run
our courses, and international students are eligible to apply
to be tutors when they get here, but such work cannot normally
be guaranteed in advance.