Waikato PhD programme

Te Piringa – Faculty of Law offers the internationally respected Waikato doctoral programme, focused on the Faculty’s founding principles of professionalism, biculturalism and the study of law in context.


Generally, students specialise in one of the Faculty’s core areas of research excellence:

  • Cyber law, information technology and intellectual property.

  • Environmental, resources and energy law.

  • International law, human rights and humanitarian law.

  • Maori and indigenous governance.

  • Public law and policy.

Decisions to admit students to postgraduate study programmes are made by the Faculty’s Graduate Studies Committee acting in conjunction with the School of Graduate Research and the University’s Scholarships Executive. While prospective students are free to contact our academic staff, any correspondence with them cannot be taken to constitute an offer of place. Exclusively the School of Graduate Studies makes offers of place and scholarships on behalf of all faculties.


There is no need for prospective students to contact the Faculty before submitting an application.


Applications for our postgraduate programmes should be made online via the University home page and by selecting the Postgraduate Study option on that page. This will direct you automatically to the online application process. A comprehensive FAQ section together with contact details for staff in the School of Graduate Research who can guide you through the application process are also available by selecting the Postgraduate Study option on the University’s home page.


The closing dates for our aligned doctoral and scholarships application rounds are 1 March, 1 July and 1 November each year.


The minimum academic standard for entry into our postgraduate study programmes is a B+ grade point average.


Tuition costs for International Students are NZD $6,022 per year.


Students need to be in New Zealand on a valid visa. Most international students apply for an International Student Visa, and information about the application process is available from the Immigration New Zealand website.

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