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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education

Victoria University of Wellington
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Program description

The doctoral programme offers opportunities to work with acknowledged experts in their field on a substantial and original research project in an area of Education. A PhD is the highest degree awarded by the University for research work.

As a PhD candidate, students will be need to possess intelligence and research aptitude, as well as considerable dedication, tenacity and rigour.

Subject to the availability of staff, the Faculty of Education offers PhD supervision in areas such as:

  • classroom studies
  • comparative education
  • curriculum and assessment
  • diversity issues in education
  • early childhood education
  • education policy and theory
  • educational psychology and pedagogy
  • Maori and Pasifika education
  • professional development and learning.

Other areas may also be considered and enquiries are welcome.

This qualification comprises a thesis that demonstrates a capacity for independent research and the ability to make a substantial and original contribution to knowledge and understanding in your field of study. All PhD candidates are required to give an oral presentation of their proposal. There will also be an oral examination of their thesis.

Admission requirements

Candidates must already have shown good research and writing skills in their previous postgraduate studies. These will usually consist of an Honours or Master’s degree achieved at a high level of academic performance or equivalent previous postgraduate work, including training in research methods and including experience in writing. Most students enrolling in the PhD have completed a research-based Master’s degree, and candidates may also be expected to show evidence of relevant professional experience.

IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0; or TOEFL 90 on the internet-based test with at least 20 in writing; or A minimum of two ratings of 5 and two ratings of 4 in the Victoria University English Proficiency Programme test; or Pearson Test of English: A score of 65 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 58).

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Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington

Situated in New Zealand's vibrant, entrepreneurial capital city, Victoria University of Wellington offers students the opportunity to benefit from University connections to industries, government and research organisations strategically located in the capital. Victoria is proud to be New Zealand's number...

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