Fees and scholarships

International and domestic students pay the same PhD tuition fee. Students need to be based in New Zealand for the duration of their candidacy. The maximum time that can be spent off shore across the candidacy for international students is a cumulative 12 months. All PhDs are classified as internal, there are no distance PhDs.

Full-time and part-time charging regimes

International PhD students can only register and enrol as full-time candidates.

Domestic PhD students studying full-time or part-time, or a mixture of both, will be charged the annual tuition fee in full for up to fours years.

If full-time students extend their study beyond four years they will continue to pay fees. They will be entitled to a refund of the fifth year fees (excluding non-tuition fees) if they submit within three months of their anniversary and a 50% refund within six months.

Part-time students can expect to pay further fees if they extend their study beyond the six years normally expected to complete the degree part-time.

Fees reversal following withdrawal from study

Students who withdraw from the doctoral programme can receive a full refund of the fees paid for the most recent year of study if they withdraw within three months of being invoiced. The refund does not include non-tuition fees.

The refund is reduced to 50% if the student withdraws within six months of being invoiced. There is no refund after six months.

The average cost of doctoral study

Average tuition fees for doctoral students are around NZ$7000 per year, but can vary from NZ$6,000 to NZ$12,000. Compulsory non-tuition fees, which are campus specific, range from NZ$750 to NZ$1000. Non-tuition fees are not included in the tuition fees, they are extra.

All international students must have suitable insurance while studying in New Zealand. This can cost approximately NZ$600 per year per person. Find out about fees, living costs and scholarships for international students.

These fees are subject to annual increases and are only estimates.

Please note: Limited scholarships are available for doctoral applicants but most do not cover fees. If you apply for a scholarship, you must do this separate to your doctoral application.

University fees

All University fees are payable immediately upon the University issuing a Confirmation of Enrolment and before the start of study, or earlier if required by the University and specified in an Offer of Place.

Find out about programme fees, non-tuition fees and our fee calculator

Doctorate scholarships

Doctoral scholarships are offered to encourage full time doctoral studies at Massey University. The scholarships are open to domestic and international students.

Applicants require an excellent academic record and must be enrolled or eligible to enrol in a 120 credit doctoral research paper.

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