The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded by the University for research carried out under the supervision of at least two staff members. A PhD can also be presented as a PhD with Publication or a PhD with a Creative Practice Component. The research, which must be the candidate's own work, is written up as a thesis, and may include papers published or intended to be published. The thesis is required to present the case for the research, outline the research undertaken and the findings and conclusions of that research. There is no course work for this degree.
The Development Studies programme will enable you to explore and critically examine recent tensions, concepts, models, policies, processes and outcomes of 'development' from the perspectives and experiences of indigenous peoples.
In today's rapidly changing world sustainability has become a key focus. Indigenous thinkers and their alternative conceptual approaches have much to offer the field in rethinking and re-articulating a development vision which is just, equitable and meets the needs of these communities. This area of study will provide you with the conceptual tools, critical thinking, research and practical skills, to prepare you for professional practice in your chosen field of development.
Start Date: The first day of any month from February to November
A bachelors with honours or masters degree with a research component of at least 30 points and have achieved at least Second Class Honours (First Division) or Distinction.
You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows: IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in any band); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Waikato Pathways - successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic (CAAE) programme. Note: Application closing dates will be 31st January, 31st May and 30th September.