PhD in History

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.

Research opportunities

  • New Zealand history - social, political and cultural
  • Māori history
  • Modern US history
  • The Pacific Islands and their historical development
  • Australian history
  • Chinese, Japanese and South-East Asian history
  • European history - medieval, early modern and modern
  • Thematic areas of history: sexuality, science and technology, medicine, gender, the environment, race, religion and film.


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.