PhD in European Studies

The PhD is an opportunity to engage in advanced research. This research can be carried out in any area within the Faculty of Arts, provided that supervision is available and the research proposal and supervision arrangements are provided by the University.

The PhD consists of a thesis of an internationally recognised standard that makes an original contribution to knowledge or understanding in its field. Normally the thesis my not exceed 100,000 words or 250 pages. An oral examination takes place after the thesis has been submitted.

European Studies is an interdisciplinary research area. It is situated in the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics. The field includes teaching and research in European languages, literatures, and cultures, as well as political, economic, legal and other areas of study. A European Studies perspective highlights the intellectual links between a number of disciplines in this University which share a strong European dimension: in particular Ancient History, Anthropology, Art History, Classics, History, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Media, Film and Television, and European languages and literatures. It may also include International Business and Economics in the Faculty of Business and Economics, and Law and International Law.

At the national level, there are links between staff researching and teaching in European Studies in this university and in other universities in the New Zealand European Union Centres Network, managed by the National Centre for Research on Europe at Canterbury University.

The programmes are supported and enhanced by the Europe Institute, which promotes research, scholarship and teaching on contemporary Europe and EU-related issues.

Research opportunities

  • Language, memory and the history of public speech
  • The body, gender and visual culture
  • European cinema and drama
  • European integration


PhD students in European Studies may apply for scholarships, bursaries, and internships at the European Parliament through the New Zealand EU Centres Network as well as for other EU funding.


The PhD is expected to be completed in three or four full-time years, although it may be possible to complete on a part-time basis.


The usual requirement is a master's degree with Honours (First Class or Second Class, First Division) from the University of Auckland, or an approved equivalent qualification. You must also have demonstrated an ability to pursue doctoral level research. All candidates must submit a research proposal and obtain registration.

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