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Top Universities for PhD Study in New Zealand in 2022

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 2022
University THE 2022 QS 2022 ARWU 2021
University of Auckland =137 =85 201-300
Auckland University of Technology 201-250 =437 -
University of Otago 201-250 =194 301-400
University of Waikito 401-500 =373 701-800
University of Canterbury 501-600 258 401-500
Lincoln University 501-600 372 701-800
Victoria University of Wellington 501-600 =236 401-500
Massey University 601-800 284 701-800

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: 22 November 2021

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