Faculty of Education and Social Work


Doctoral programmes

The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers two doctoral programmes: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education or Social Work, or Doctor of Education (EdD)

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Doctoral programmes are the highest-level qualifications that can be awarded by the University of Auckland.

A doctorate is an advanced course of study and original research, lasting the equivalent of three to four years full-time. It culminates in the presentation of a written thesis (accompanied in some cases by a corpus of creative work (see PhD Statute and Guidelines) and an oral examination.

Completion of a doctorate enables candidates to provide leadership in their communities through the development and dissemination of knowledge, and the design and conduct of educational research.

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Doctoral programmes available in the Faculty of Education and Social Work


The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers two doctoral programmes. The table below provides a brief overview of each programme – further details are available at these links:

Please note, the Faculty does not offer doctoral programmes by distance.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Doctor of Education (EdD)


Education or Social Work

A full-time or part-time programme (completion within 3-4 years if fulltime; 6-8 years if part-time).*

Commence the programme at any time during the year.

Supervised by two academics with knowledge and expertise in the area of study and selected research methods.

First year of the programme (one year fulltime or two years part-time study) – complete requirements of the provisional year, culminating in submission of a full research proposal.

* International students are entitled to domestic fee benefits.


The 2017 EdD programme is led by the School of Critical Studes in Education with a focus on "Serving Society: Creating Equity, Diversity and  Justice". Find out more.

A part-time programme for the first two years (either part or full time for the remaining time).*

Can commence the programme only at the beginning of the EdD academic year (July).

Working with cohort lecturers for the first two years of the programme and supervised throughout the programme by academics with knowledge and expertise in the area of study and selected research methods.

First two years of programme complete requirements of a ‘taught cohort’ programme culminating in a confirmation seminar.

* International students are not entitled to domestic fees - full fees must be paid. The EdD may not be appropriate for international students who need to study fulltime to meet student visa requirements.

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Eligibility for doctoral programmes


Acceptance into the PhD and EdD is based on the following:

  •  a minimum of Second Class, Division One Honours (H2:1) for a masters degree at The University of Auckland (or equivalent from another New Zealand university or from an overseas university);
  • a minimum of Second Class, Division One Honours (H2:1) for a bachelors degree at The University of Auckland (or equivalent from another New Zealand university or from an overseas university);
  • a demonstrated ability to pursue independent research at the doctoral level eg: evidence of a high level of understanding of research methods, successful completion of a thesis or dissertation.

In addition, EdD candidates must have at least five years teaching experience or experience in an equivalent area of education.

Prospective candidates for the EdD programme are required to meet with the Doctoral Adviser prior to commencing the enrolment process (see contact details below).

Further information about eligibility for the PhD and EdD can be found in the Statute and Guidelines for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Scholarships
Visit Scholarships for Doctoral students.

English Language Requirements
All prospective candidates for the PhD and EdD, whose first language is not English, are required to provide satisfactory evidence of their proficiency in English. Details of the Faculty of Education and Social Work’s requirements can be found at English Language Requirements.

Once accepted into the programme, all doctoral candidates complete the 30 minute DELNA (Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment) screening, a free check of academic English language skills. DELNA website.

Applicants with non-New Zealand masters qualifications
Before we can process and evaluate your request, you will need to get your qualifications assessed and offer documentation that your qualifications do meet the required standards in terms of entry qualifications for doctoral study. In addition, the Graduate Centre can give you information about fees, scholarships and other matters. Graduate Centre website.

If you have enquiries about the doctoral application process contact:

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Application for doctoral programmes


Application for doctoral study is through the Application for Admission. The information you provide enables us to assess your eligibility for study and to subsequently advise you appropriately.

View the step-by-step Application process

Please note, all applications must be submitted online. Read further details here

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