Liggins Institute

Entry to doctoral programmes

Applying for a doctoral programme requires that you complete an Application for Admission (AfA) to The University of Auckland, including sufficient information to allow academic staff to evaluate your academic background and match your research interests with an appropriate supervisor.

Please follow The University of Auckland doctoral application process (below) to apply for admission to a doctoral level research programme at the Liggins Institute.

Before you begin this process you will need to have completed a preliminary thesis proposal (also known as a statement of research intent). Please save this form to your computer, then email the completed form as an attachment to

You will also need the following information:

1. A letter of support from your proposed supervisor
2. If English is your second language, your TOEFFL and IELTS scores
3. If your previous degree was not completed at The University of Auckland, 2 letters of support from the awarding university or institution.

For information on finding a project and supervisor visit Postgraduate degrees and research projects.

For other information contact our Academic Director
Associate Professor Mark Vickers

For more information see the Doctoral application process on the central University of Auckland website.