Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Law

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    Duration
    3 Year Full Time
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    Course Type
    Doctoral Degree
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    Location
    On Campus
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    Level
    10
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    Credits
    360

About Course

Turn your ideas into world-changing research. Study the University of Waikato's advanced, three-year supervised research degree in law.

This law doctorate degree will prepare you for a career as a legal scholar and teacher. This degree is aimed to help you develop advanced scholarly research and writing. This PhD is appropriate if you already possess the ability to carry out research on an independent basis.

Programme structure

You’ll acquire a law PhD by the submission of a major thesis which can be completed in a minimum of three years. Your thesis will critically investigate an approved topic of substance and significance, and make a substantial and original contribution to knowledge.

PhD supervision

This law PhD provides you with an exciting opportunity to be closely supervised by a panel of research experts who are internationally connected, well resourced, and benchmarked against the best in the world.


We provide supervision in a wide variety of legal and interdisciplinary areas such as Cyber Law, Business Law and International Law.

Waikato Faculty of Law hosts two research centres: M?ori and Indigenous Governance and in Environmental, Resources and Energy Law. The Centres are dedicated to generating research into law and policy in their respective fields and to answering the challenges we face in New Zealand and worldwide. As creators of knowledge, we’ll encourage you to be a leader and innovator, and as a result, you’ll compete at a global level in your chosen area of law.

Career opportunities

Academic
Research Strategist
Strategic Policy Planner
High Court Judge

Eligibility Criteria

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.

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