PhD in BioEngineering - Postgraduate Students -The Centre for Bioengineering - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

PhD in Bioengineering

This document sets out the requirements of the Mechanical Engineering Department for students undertaking the PhD Doctoral Degree.

Information and enquiries

Current projects are listed in Postgraduate Opportunities and Current Research. Interested applicants should contact either Dr Paul Docherty or the leader of the research project that they are considering. Admission to the program is conditional on the suitability of the applicant, the current state of the research and other constraints.

The University Calendar should be consulted for the complete University regulations. Further useful information is available from the University Postgraduate Handbook and various Departmental information sheets. Additional information is available from the College of Engineering.

Although admissions and enrolments are the responsibility of the Dean of Engineering, doctoral research and progress is managed by the Department's Director of PostGraduate Studies and the student’s supervisor. Initial enquiries should be addressed to Annie Homewood, Departmental Administrator.

Course structure

The PhD Doctoral degree is a research only degree. A candidate must spend at least 2 years on advanced study and research, directly supervised by a member of the academic staff. Most candidates find they need at least 3 years full time work to complete a Doctorate.

In special cases, approved by the Director of Postgraduate Studies and the Dean of Engineering, a high achieving Masters of Engineering student may upgrade their degree to the PhD.

Students must enrol full-time for not less than 2 years and no more than 4 years.

Part-time students undertaking this degree must complete their studies in not less than 3 years and no more than 6 years.

Admission Requirements

Students with degrees from universities other than those within New Zealand must first obtain permission to enrol (Admission ad-eundem) before being allowed to enrol for a postgraduate degrees. This requires the submission of a completed application form and supporting papers to the University, details of which may be obtained from the Registry or this Department.

It is important to be aware that admission to this Department as a postgraduate student is dependent not only on the academic level of the candidate but also on the availability of a supervisor in the candidate’s area of interest. The areas of interest must be clearly specified by the candidate when applying for admission. A candidate is strongly advised to contact an appropriate supervisor and arrange a topic for research. The supervisor and topic should be named in the application letter.

Once accepted into the program, Doctoral students can begin their studies on the 1st of any month.

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