Top Universities for PhD Study in New Zealand in 2023
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Top Universities for PhD Study in New Zealand in 2023

Written by Hannah Slack

New Zealand may only have eight universities, but their quality means the country is perhaps the only one to have its entire education system represented in all three of the main global rankings. And with the help of government support, international students will be please to find out that they will pay the same PhD fees and New Zealand citizens.

We’ve collected the latest rankings data to show you just how well New Zealand universities compare internationally.

Top New Zealand Universities in 2023
University THE 2023 QS 2023 ARWU 2022
University of Auckland =139 87 201-300
Auckland University of Technology 251-300 =486 701-800
University of Otago 301-350 =217 301-400
Lincoln University 401-500 368 701-800
Victoria University of Wellington 401-500 =275 401-500
University of Waikito 401-500 331 701-800
University of Canterbury 601-800 =284 401-500
Massey University 601-800 292 601-700

So, how good are New Zealand universities for PhD study?

Aside from international students not paying higher fees, New Zealand is renowned for its unique research projects in subjects such as Ecology and Anthropology.

The country is also considered the one of the most peaceful in the world, creating a safe and welcoming environment for new students.

Rankings for PhD study can be a little different. For a full overview of how the system works, and how to make the most of it, make sure to check out our guide to PhD rankings.

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Last Updated: 24 November 2022