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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the University's highest qualification. The degree is undertaken by research only and leads to advanced academic and theoretical knowledge in a specialist area.

The PhD is suitable for students who want to pursue an academic or research career, or a senior position in the public or private sector. Doctoral studies present you with the opportunity to generate new ideas that can benefit business and society. You will make a significant original contribution to knowledge and understanding in your field of study and meet recognised international standards for your work.

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Minimum entry requirements

Must normally have completed the following in a discipline appropriate to the proposed research:

  • Master’s degree with honours OR
  • Bachelor’s degree with honours (equivalent to 4 years of study)

The degree must normally have been gained at the standard of first class or second class (first division) honours from this University or a recognised equivalent. The degree should include advanced learning in research, execution of a research project and a written report on the research.

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English language requirements

Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with 6.5 in Writing and no band less than 6.0

All other study areas

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with 7.0 in Writing and no band less than 6.0

Other requirements

Acceptance is subject to the availability of staff for supervision, prior research preparation and appropriate facilities.

How to apply for the Doctor of Philosophy

  • Apply online and submit all required documents at least three months prior to the intended start date
  • The Graduate Research School will assess your eligibility and forward to the relevant faculty to confirm possible research areas and supervisors
  • Where the faculty confirms the availability of resources, including supervision, they will request for you to complete the formal research proposal (PGR2). Your PGR2 Research Proposal, including supervisory signatures, must be submitted to your Faculty Postgraduate Office a minimum of four weeks prior to your intended start date. If you are planning to start on 1 February, submit your signed PGR2 by 15 December.
  • Once the research proposal is confirmed by the faculty, it will be sent to the Graduate Research School for approval and to issue an Offer of Place

For general enquiries for the Doctor of Philosophy programme please contact [email protected] .

Preparing a PhD research proposal

Prospective PhD applicants are required to prepare a formal research proposal, specifying the field of research and a general research question you wish to investigate.

Admission to a doctoral programme

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Information we need to assess your application

We require the following information:

  • Faculty and/or field you wish to conduct your study in
  • Academic transcripts
  • Grading scale for postgraduate qualification
  • Degree certificates (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Title of the thesis/dissertation/research project
  • 1-2 page document (maximum) outlining your proposed research project
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • If English is not your first language you need to provide evidence of English language proficiency – IELTS (Academic) test results or recognised equivalent. If your postgraduate study was completed in English within three years, this may be waived

Once the required information is received, we will forward your enquiry to the relevant faculty who will communicate to you about the outcome of your application, possible research areas and supervisors.

Requirements for specific subjects

Art & design.

We require a portfolio (between 10-15 annotated images as a pdf or PowerPoint file or a URL for a website)

Provide evidence of completing the courses Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics at postgraduate level. Course syllabus or similar is required for assessment of comparability of those courses to those taken in New Zealand

Doctoral students will attain the knowledge, values and attributes to make significant contributions to their professional communities and societies through further high-quality research, and developments.

You put together a proposal that critically reviews work done in your area of research. This requires a suitable research methodology and a timeframe for completion of the degree. You are expected to publish one or more papers for a reputed international conference in your chosen area of research.

Once you have completed your research proposal, you refine your design, collect data and conduct your research as appropriate. Data is collected and analysed and the results are published at international conferences. A journal publication is also encouraged at this point.

The first step in the final stage of the PhD is finalising the data collection and analysis. You then write your PhD thesis and submit it to the supervisor for feedback. It could take two or three drafts before the thesis is ready for submission and examination.

Skills you will develop as part of the PhD

The outcomes for graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

It is expected that graduates with a Doctor of Philosophy will have gained the necessary skills and qualifications to follow an academic or research career. Alternatively, your research topic may lead you to a position of expertise in your chosen field. The opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills you gain through a PhD will be extensive, both in industry and academia.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a high-level degree available at the University of Otago. PhD degrees give you the freedom to undertake advanced research in a range of subject areas and specialties. Each have their own admission criteria.

To apply for PhD study at the University of Otago, you will first need to find a supervisor and a department, and then make a formal application.

Following acceptance, you will enrol for study. Enrolment is the administrative process which makes you a University of Otago student.

Enrolment for first year PhD study is part of the admission application and will be actioned after you have been admitted. You will need to re-enrol for each calendar year.

You must submit a thesis (of up to 100,000 words) prepared under supervision.

The degree takes a minimum of three years of equivalent full–time study to complete, with most students typically submitting their thesis between three and four years. Your progress will be regularly monitored and supported during your PhD .

Your thesis is marked by three examiners (usually one from overseas, one from within New Zealand, and one internal University of Otago examiner), and an oral examination.

Further information

Academic requirements for PhD admission Graduate Research School—PhD programme PhD application process PhD digital handbook

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In this PhD project, we investigate the potential role that VR technologies may play in mitigating the impacts of global tourism on Antarctica. While tourism is far from the only threat to polar environments, Antarctic tourism provides a unique laboratory in which to 1) critically examine the environmental impacts of our leisure; 2) explore new ways of interacting with vulnerable landscapes; and 3) to study how new (virtual) technologies may contribute to creating learning opportunities for tourists regarding human-created climate change. There will be a strong focus on developing deep working research relationships with community and international partners. These will include scientific missions on Antarctica, environmental advocacy groups, international research bodies, RUG partners, and tourism operators. It is of critical importance that the research is immersed in the complex and transdisciplinary nature of the issue of tourism to Antarctica. The Virtual Tourism for Climate Justice PhD project will involve a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. As the successful candidate, you are well-versed in topics relating to climate, tourism, and technology in order to skilfully balance the complexities of the study. The guiding research question is as follows: “How can virtual reality technologies be used in the context of tourism to reduce human footprint in Antarctica?” The objective of the temporary position is the production of a number of research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conference proceedings, which together will form the basis of a thesis leading to a PhD degree (Dr) at the University of Groningen. Organisation Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 34,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global centre of knowledge. Campus Fryslân is the ambitious eleventh and newest faculty of the University of Groningen, located in Leeuwarden. Campus Fryslân is an interdisciplinary faculty that works closely together with regional, national and international partners on worldwide (sustainability) challenges and local solutions. The sustainable development goals of the United Nations thus serve as an important guideline. We offer challenging Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degree programs. The research institute covers six research domains: Global and Local Governance, Governance and Innovation, Sustainable Entrepreneurship in a Circular Economy, Language, Technology and Culture, Knowledge Infrastructures and Sustainable Health. In the summer of 2019, Campus Fryslân has moved to the new faculty building De Beurs: the first all-electric, monumental educational building in The Netherlands.

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Requirements.

The succesful candidate should - Have a Master’s degree in any area related to the project from an internationally visible university with excellent academic results. - Be willing to devote great dedication to curiosity-driven research and be a good team player. - Be willing to undertake qualitative and quantitative research, including but not limited to: interviewing, surveying, mapping, participant observation, Participatory Action Research, secondary source research, and to undertake data analysis. - Be willing to engage research participants with virtual reality technologies. - Be excellent at both oral and written communication in English (an English IELTS or TOEFL test. IELTS: a minimum overall score of 6,5 and a minimum score of 6 on parts. TOEFL: a minimum score of at least 92 on the internet based test, as well as a minimum score of at least 79 on the parts). You are exempted from proving proficiency in English, if you are a native English speaker, or have completed a secondary education (HAVO or VWO certificate) in The Netherlands or a Bachelor's or Master's degree fully taught in English. - Have highly developed conceptual capacity and analytical skills. - Have a strong motivation to complete a PhD dissertation in four years. - Be willing to travel, should the need arise.

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In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, the University of Groningen offers you - A salary of € 2,770 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3.539 gross per month in the final year, based on a full-time position. - A holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income. - An 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance. - A temporary 1.0 FTE appointment for a specified period of four years. The candidate will first be appointed for twelve months. After nine months, an assessment will take place of the candidate’s results and the progress of the PhD project, in order to decide whether employment will be continued. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. - A PhD training program is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of the Faculty. As part of the program, the PhD researcher will take part in the Career Perspectives Series, which provides a thorough preparation on the career after the PhD, inside or outside academia. During the course of the doctorate, the PhD researcher will develop research and teaching competencies as well as leadership skills. For this, the PhD researcher will receive a tailor-made programme from the GSCF. The PhD candidate is expected to conduct a total of 0.2 FTE teaching spread over the first, second and third year of their appointment. - Excellent work-life balance. - Willingness to move and reside in the Netherlands. The appointment will ideally commence on the 1 September 2024. We allow 3 months from selection in case of VISA applications.

Please submit your application in English, including 1. A recent curriculum vitae. 2. A motivation letter of a maximum of two A4 pages and a short research proposal of max two A4 pages with your own research proposal in the wider frame of this project. 3. A writing sample of no more than 5000 words, e.g. an essay or part of a Master’s thesis. 4. A copy of your diplomas with a list of course grades. 5. Proof of English proficiency. 6. Reference letters from two academic referees. 7. If available, a copy of an article, book chapter or other academic text that you feel best represents your work. Please send in your application as PDF files. The documents 1-6 are compulsory, and please note that incomplete application packages will not be taken into account. You may apply for this opportunity until Thursday 20 June 11:59pm / before Friday 21 June 2024 Dutch local time (CEST) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Interviews with selected candidates are scheduled online in the afternoons of Monday 15 July and Tuesday 16 July 2024. The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: https://www.rug.nl/about-ug/policy-and-strategy/diversity-and-inclusion/ Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/nl/sollicitatiecode and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code We provide career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

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