Doctor of Philosophy

Les McGrath
Student Profile – Les McGrath

Les McGrath’s research gave him the opportunity to present his findings in Australia, Greece, the United States, and at the prestigious Ghent University in Belgium. 

button for easy access to information about this qualificationThe Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is undertaken by research only. There is no compulsory coursework involved. The PhD is an advanced postgraduate degree that is particularly suitable for students wishing to pursue an academic or research career. A successful candidate will make a significant original contribution to the body of knowledge in relation to a contemporary issue in health and environmental research. Students will have supervisors to guide and advise them, with one assigned as the primary supervisor.


A PhD qualifies students as experts in their fields. The opportunities to apply this knowledge will be extensive, both in industry and academia.

Quick facts

Programme code: AK3518
Points: 360
Duration: 2 to 6 years
Start date: Any time

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome at all times during the year. 

Normal admission for a doctoral degree is a master's degree with honours or a bachelor's degree with honours. The degree must have included advanced learning in research, a research project and a research report/thesis.

Scholarship information 

AUT offers numerous scholarships and awards to eligible students, including the faculties Doctoral fee scholarship:

FHES Doctoral Fee Scholarship

  • The scholarship covers full tuition and learner service levy 
  • Open all year
  • Tenure - 1 year, renewable for up to 3 years subject to satisfactory progress
  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a full-time student who is qualified to register for the degree of PhD or DHSc at the FHES
Students meeting the above criteria are automatically eligible. No formal application is required.

Note: DHSc candidates are only eligible for the time they are enrolled as full-time thesis student of reference.

See our Scholarship Flyer for more information on the range of scholarships and awards you can apply for at AUT. 

Research areas

Staff in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences supervise PhD research on a wide range of topics. Research areas for Doctorals include, but are not limited to:

  • Aquaculture
  • Biodiversity
  • Biomedicine (transfusion-transplantation, IVF and embryology)
  • Biotechnology
  • Chronic Health Conditions
  • Conservation Biology
  • Counselling
  • Earth and Oceanic Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Food Science and Microbiology
  • Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
  • Health Promotion
  • High Performance Sports
  • Human and Social Ethics
  • Māori Health
  • Marine Mammal Ecology
  • Marine Science and Ecology
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Midwifery and Women's Health
  • Migrant Health and Wellbeing
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Health
  • Oceanography 
  • Oral Health 
  • Pasifika Health
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition
  • Physical and Social Rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Professional, Clinical and Educational Practice 
  • Psychology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Public Health and Mental Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sport Facility and Event Management
  • Sport Governance
  • Sport Management
  • Sport Marketing
  • Sustainable Fisheries
  • Violence and Trauma

For information on supervisors research areas, download the Health and Environmental Sciences supervision booklet

Contact and enquiry information

Contact information 

Associate Dean (Postgraduate)

Erica Hinckson PhD
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences 
Skype: ehinckson
erica.hinckson@aut.ac.nz

or

Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences research enquiries
fenquiri@aut.ac.nz

or

Doctor of Health Science enquiries to:
Associate Professor Liz Smythe
liz.smythe@aut.ac.nz 

Course enrolment and general enquires 

To find out more about Health and Environmental Sciences postgraduate study at AUT, contact the AUT student hub.

Free Phone: 0800 AUT UNI or 0800288864

Phone: +64 9 921 999

Email: studentcentre@aut.ac.nz 

International Students  

International Students need to contact our International Centre as some postgraduate qualifications from the faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences have restrictions and limited spaces available. For more information, please complete the international enquiry form. 

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.51pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.