Top Universities for PhD Study in New Zealand in 2021
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Top Universities for PhD Study in New Zealand in 2021

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 2021
University THE 2021 QS 2021 ARWU 2020
University of Auckland =147 81 201-300
University of Otago 201-250 184 301-400
Auckland University of Technology 251-300 437 901-1000
University of Canterbury 401-500 270 401-500
Victoria University of Wellington 501-600 223 401-500
University of Waikato 501-600 375 701-800
Lincoln University 601-800 387 801-900
Massey University 601-800 272 601-700
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

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 - 29/03/21

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