Department of Exercise Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is an advanced degree that provides a qualification for students who may wish to pursue an academic or research career.

Students who have completed their BSc Honours in Exercise Sciences or Sport and Exercise Science, and/or masters, may choose to study a doctorate. Please read instructions and documents required to complete your PhD application.

A quick guide to PhD admission


This checklist will guide you through the admission process.

  1. Make sure you meet the admission requirements as outlined on Entry requirements.
  2. Identify a potential supervisor and negotiate a topic. Visit our staff
  3. Fill out The University of Auckland Application for Admission (AfA).
    Please note: you may need to register before you can lodge your application.
  4. Provide supporting preadmission documentation as mentioned in the AfA.
  5. The application and supporting preadmission documentation will be assessed by the department’s Postgraduate Committee.
  6. The application, supporting documentation and department application will be assessed by the Faculty of Science and the School of Graduate Studies.
  7. If you are successful you will receive a conditional offer. At this stage you will be required to submit verified copies of your admission documents, if you have not previously studied at The University of Auckland.
  8. Accept your offer online.

There is more information available for international students hoping to become future PhD students.