Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy in Māori Studies, Indigenous Studies, Environment Studies or Education

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi offers supervised Doctoral Degrees. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded for a thesis that demonstrates a candidate’s ability to carry out independent research and analysis at an advanced level of study in a particular discipline and/or field. 

The PhD is a globally recognised postgraduate research doctorate degree and the highest level of degree you can achieve.

The PhD degree normally involves a minimum of three years’ full-time research and six years’ part-time as a maximum. The minimum period of enrolment is three years.

Entrance into the Doctoral programme is through a selection process overseen by the Doctoral Research Committee. Students interested in the PhD should have a relevant qualification through Master’s or Honours programmes. Students with relevant experience and backgrounds in other fields plus a graduate qualification may also apply, however entry will be at the ultimate discretion of the Head of School.

Research can be carried out in the fields of Education, Indigenous Studies, Environmental Studies, Māori Studies and a diverse range of creative studies. The thesis is examined and defended orally before an examination committee represented by a neutral convener appointed by the Doctoral Research Committee, one examiner from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, and two external examiners, one of whom will normally be internationally located.

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Start Date
On demand, applications considered on a case-by-case basis
Three years full time or six years part time
4x wānanga/noho marae/online style plus own research and writing in addition
Applications Close
Applications close
S1: Feb 2024 S2: Jul 2024
Campus Location
Nationally & Internationally – Wānanga/Noho Marae locations: Whakatāne, Hamilton, International (currently Washington State and Hawaii)
Selection process overseen by the Doctoral Research Committee.
Pathway to
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2024 Fees, Domestic: $6382 per enrolled year, International: USD18,000.00 (note: fees are updated annually)


The thesis embodies the results obtained by a candidate in an investigation relating to some part of the subject of specialisation. The following core thesis papers  are available:

AKO902 Doctor of Philosophy - Education

IND904 Doctor of Philosophy - Indigenous Studies

MAO905 Doctor of Philosophy - Māori Studies

TAI903 Doctor of Philosophy - Environmental Studies

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