Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • Qualification


  • Duration

    3 years full time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus

Gaining your Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Lincoln creates opportunities to challenge yourself with new ways of thinking and problem-solving, absorbing research and innovative ideas from leading scientists and professional organisations in New Zealand and internationally.

Grow your ability to help create a better future

As an internationally respected land-based university, we are at the forefront of research that leads to innovative ways of addressing the complex challenges our biosphere faces.

Our PhD cohort are our partners in this work. The goal of the three-year full-time research-based PhD programme is to nurture your ability to analyse situations, evaluate research, then join with other leading thinkers to conceptualise and test new ideas that could lead to a healthier future.

How to apply

  • Begin the application process online here.
  • The first step is to ensure that you meet the entry criteria.

Before you apply, identify and approach a potential supervisor whose expertise and research focus match your proposed area of research. You can find a list of available supervisors here or look at the research we are currently carrying out. 

After applying

  • Your application will be assessed by the postgraduate administration team and the faculty.
  • The Academic Administration Committee will then carry out a final review.
  • This process can take up to six weeks (and can be delayed further if more documents are needed, such as reference checks)
  • You’ll be informed of the outcome of your application by email. 
  • You’ll be informed of the outcome of your application by email. 

You can read an overview of the most important rules, regulations and procedures for postgraduate study here.

Programme information

Find a supervisor

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Key information for students

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