Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Management - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Doctoral Students

PhD study is considered to be an integral part of the research activity within the Department. We typically have about 40 students enrolled at the PhD thesis level. About half of these are recent graduates planning careers in business or academia, with the remainder being mid-career professionals from a variety of backgrounds, and with a variety of career goals. We believe that this environment provides excellent opportunities for doctoral study in Management or Management Science. In the first instance, please go to PhD Supervision Opportunities.

Entry Requirements

A PhD candidate normally must have a recent and relevant Masters or Honours degree (e.g., Master of Commerce, or Bachelor of Science (Hons)), with First or Upper Second Class Honours. If you have other qualifications, and especially research experience, you are invited to discuss your situation with the Co-ordinator of the PhD Programme, Dr Sarah Wright. You must have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course. A thorough knowledge of both written and spoken English is required of all candidates.

If you are an international student, the International Office, in consultation with the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, looks at an applicant 's qualifications and transcripts and compares them to those of New Zealand students, in order to see whether the applicant has the background that is required to complete a PhD. See for further information. You will also need to meet the English Language competency requirements for entry to postgraduate study. See


The PhD at the University of Canterbury is an advanced research degree. The degree follows the British tradition which involves the preparation of a research thesis under the close supervision of a faculty member. The thesis must make an original contribution to knowledge in the area under study. No specific course work is required but, if you do not have the necessary academic background, you will be required to study for a BCom (Hons) and/or Master of Commerce degree prior to enrolling for a PhD or, if the deficiency is minor, to take selected graduate courses in parallel with your thesis research.


The thesis is subject to external examination. Normally, at least one of the examiners will be a recognised authority from outside of New Zealand.


The minimum period between enrolment in the degree and submission of the thesis is two calendar years, although most students take three or four years to complete. The maximum time limit for full-time students, is normally four calendar years. Part-time enrolment is also possible, in which case the minimum enrolment period shall not be less than three years, with a maximum of seven. A period of at least six months must be spent on full-time study in the Department.

It is acceptable for a student to take the first three to six months researching the literature and settling on a precise topic. However, we encourage students, especially those coming from overseas or from employment, to work through a detailed proposal with a staff member before enrolling.


Application Forms

You must identify a suitable supervisor before completing the forms below. The procedure for this is outlined on our PhD Supervision Opportunities webpage. 

Candidates may enrol for a PhD degree at any time during the year.

More information for overseas students, including the current fees and information about the university, is available from the International Students website.

University Scholarships are available for outstanding candidates. Some funding may be available for tutoring/research assistantships. A limited number of Departmental Scholarships are also available, and currently cover annual tuition fees at the domestic rate.

Provision of Resources for PhD Student

All departments in the School of Business and Economics provide PhD students with office space equipped with ergometrically compliant furnishings and equipment (e.g. desks, chairs, computers), and formal supervision at intervals negotiated with supervisors. Printing, internet, and photocopying facilities are available for a fee.

Please visit for Internet and Print and Copy charges.

From 1 January 2017, new PhD students will receive a $90 printing credit (equivalent to 3,000 pages), and existing PhD students will have this added to any unused credit.

More specialised support would be considered by the HoD and potential supervisors at the time of registration. See the Policies, regulations and guidelines page for additional information on the Provision of Resources Policy.

Other financial support (e.g. for research, attendance at a doctoral colloquium, etc.) is available on a contestable basis through the College Research Committee.

Contact Information

Dr Sarah Wright
PhD Programme Coordinator
Phone: +64 3 369 3762 Ext: 93762

Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand