Typically, the requirements to be admitted to a PhD program at the University of Otago are:

  • A bachelor's degree with first or upper second–class honours, which must include a research component with a minimum grade equivalent to a B+ at Otago, or
  • A master's degree with a dissertation or thesis component equivalent to at least 0.25 EFTS and minimum grade equivalent to a B+ at the University of Otago

Review the PhD programme regulations for more detail.

Equivalent qualifications and/or work experience will be considered, however it is essential that you have some research experience, whether this is:

  • A substantial thesis or dissertation as part of your study, or
  • Equivalent professional research experience, or
  • Peer–reviewed academic publications

Graduate Research School — entry requirements for PhD admission