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Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury

Join a team of world class researchers to take your education to the next step. Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury has over 120 graduate and postgraduate qualifications on offer. Set in a dedicated campus in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful cities we have a range of research degrees on offer and support services to help you achieve them. You can learn more about how the Te Kura Tāura | UC Graduate School can help you on our website.

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | The University of Canterbury was established in 1873 and is Aotearoa New Zealand’s second oldest university. In 2023 we mark our 150th Anniversary and a chance for you to be part of a long list of alumni who have gone on to become world leaders in their fields. A postgraduate degree at UC gives you the opportunity to be part of this group and be part of creating knowledge and skills that will advance our world.

Doctoral Qualification Options

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Doctor of Health Science (DHSc)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Doctoral Scholarships

UC understands that a university education is a major investment for you and your family. A scholarship might just provide the helping hand you need to make university life a little easier.

UC offers over $25 million in scholarships and prizes annually, with a dedicated funding pool for doctoral students wishing to study here.

Doctoral Scholarships | University of Canterbury

Why UC?

UC is located in Ōtautahi | Christchurch in Aotearoa New Zealand's South Island. Christchurch is not only the second largest city in Aotearoa New Zealand but is also the most affordable major city. Christchurch is one of the world’s most modern and sustainable cities, through its strong partnership with Ngāi Tūāhuriri as mana whenua. Mana whenua refers to the mana (authority) held by the local hapū or iwi (tribe) over the land or particular area. The landscape now includes many cultural narratives of the region in its city streets, spaces, and buildings.

UC’s mantra is tangata tū, tangata orā: Engaged, Empowers, and Making a Difference. We want our UC community to be willing and prepared to make a difference — and this passion drives our University. UC prides itself on being home to a world-leading community of lecturers and professors at the forefront of their fields, who are passionate about offering their students the best possible educational experience. UC and its staff consistently lead the delivery of globally important research that seeks to address society's biggest challenges. The QS World University Rankings demonstrate this, with the university achieving a 5-star ranking for research and teaching.

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury

Graduate research students learning at UC can access everything they require for a successful academic journey and rewarding lifestyle, whether it's one of three distinct libraries, cutting-edge sports and fitness facilities like the Rec Centre, modern workshops, laboratories and art galleries, or the wide range of cafes, restaurants, and bars – it's all right there on campus.

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury