Liggins Institute

How to apply

Find out what you need to do to apply for a study programme at the Liggins Institute.


How to apply for a PhD

You can apply for and start a PhD or Masters degree at the Liggins Institute all year round. You need a BSc (Hons), MSc degree or equivalent, and a strong academic record with a GPA (Grade Point Average) of at least 7.0.

We welcome applications from students with backgrounds in biological sciences, medicine, molecular medicine, nursing, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, pharmacology, endocrinology, physiology and other disciplines.

We also welcome applications from practising clinicians: many of our students are healthcare professionals and postgraduate study is a wonderful opportunity to spend time investigating your field of interest.

If this sounds like you, please start by looking at the current list of research projects on offer.

You can also contact the Liggins Institute Academic Director at who will guide you through the application process and help you find a supervisor if you're not sure which project suits you.

How to apply for a Master or Bachelors programme

We also offer research projects for honours degrees and postgraduate diplomas in a wide range of subjects including Biomedical Science, Community Health, Health Science, Medical Science, Molecular Medicine, Nutrition and Dietetics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pacific Health, Paediatrics and Physiology.

Honours, diploma and some masters courses where the research component is completed at the Liggins Institute are coordinated through the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (FMHS). You can find out more by following the links below:

Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences - Bachelors Honours
Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences - Masters degrees
Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences - Postgraduate diplomas

You can also check this step by step guide to postgraduate applications to find out what you need to do when.


There are a range of scholarships and awards on offer for postgraduate students, with closing dates throughout the year.

For PhD candidates, there are a number of University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship on offer, which give you a NZ$27,000 tax-free stipend (plus tuition fees) every year for three years. If your application is successful and you have a GPA of 8.0 or greater, you’ll be automatically eligible for one of these scholarships. If your GPA is less than 8.0, there may still be scholarships available - you can discuss this with your potential supervisor or the academic director.

There are no international fees for PhD students: as long as you live in New Zealand during your period of enrolment you will pay the same as New Zealanders.

Find out more about the range of scholarships on offer.

Find out more

For information about how to apply to Liggins and scholarships at the Institute contact Associate Professor Mark Vickers at or

Liggins PhD student with supervisor