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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Commercial Law

University of Auckland
Auckland
English
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Program description

The PhD is a globally recognised postgraduate research degree, the highest level of degree you can achieve. PhD students are critical, curious, creative thinkers who undertake original research over at least 3 years. As well as your supervised original research, through your doctoral programme you will have opportunities to expand and develop your personal and professional skills. Doctoral candidates present their work at local and international conferences, and are encouraged to network and collaborate with a wide range of experts in their research field.

This course is also offered at overseas and Manukau location.

Commercial Law

Commercial Law means the laws that govern business activities. All businesses use commercial law to create wealth, and to identify and mitigate risks.

Studying Commercial Law will give you an array of skills that are valued highly in business. It will develop your analytical and critical thinking skills, improve your written communication skills, and help you to think strategically about business opportunities and risks.
Commercial law is taught in various undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Auckland Law School. Commercial Law is also a major in the Bachelor of Commerce, studied at the Business School.
Our staff are leading academics in their fields, many combining academic excellence with experience as practitioners in leading New Zealand firms. Their expertise spans all areas of commercial law, including corporate law, intellectual property and information technology, governance, insolvency, international trade, securities markets, finance, insurance, and taxation.

Research opportunities

When you undertake your doctorate in Commercial Law at the University of Auckland, you’ll join a high calibre community of internationally-recognised researchers. You’ll have opportunities to publish your research and present it at international conferences. You may also be actively involved in supporting industry and government initiatives.

We welcome research proposals in topics relating to our key research specialisations:

  • Governance and financing of business enterprises
  • Taxation and regulation
  • Intellectual property, innovation and information
  • Data privacy law
  • Law and artificial intelligence
  • Employment law

Programme structure

The University of Auckland PhD is a three-to-four year full-time advanced research degree.

On entry to the PhD programme, you will be enrolled provisionally. By the end of your first year, you must meet a number of goals to be confirmed into the PhD programme, including developing a full thesis proposal. After confirmation, you will continue to work on your research before submitting your thesis for examination after three years and within four years of your start date. The examination process includes an oral exam.

As part of your PhD study, you can take part in our doctoral skills programme, designed to help you achieve success in your research and develop skills for your future. We have a dedicated postgraduate careers advisor, and our library service includes specialist subject librarians to help you in your research. The central School of Graduate Studies provides dedicated support and advice for the doctoral community.

Where could this programme take you?

Our PhD graduates are successful in a wide range of fields and careers, as well as the traditional academic research career path. The PhD gives you extensive specialist and transferable skills, which are sought after in many sectors, including industry and government, and can even help you to develop entrepreneurship skills to run your own startup.

Admission requirements

Masters-level qualification or the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with honours

Evidence of significant research, usually undertaken as part of prior study

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 575 and an Essay (TWE) of 4.5; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.


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University of Auckland

University of Auckland

Established in 1883, the University of Auckland is New Zealand's leading, research-led university. In the QS Stars rating, the University of Auckland is rated as a Five Stars Plus institution for excellence in the categories: Research, Employability, Teaching, Facilities, Internationalisation,...


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