Liggins Institute

International students

Our students come from all over the world to carry out research that makes a difference to people's health now and for generations to come. We accept applications throughout the year, so if you have a question, contact our academic director today.

World map of where our people come from

Researchers from around the world

The Liggins Institute in Auckland, New Zealand is one of the world’s leading centres for research on fetal and child health, nutrition, development, epigenetics and translational and implementation science. We offer PhD and Masters projects that address human health issues from the time before a baby is conceived right through to adulthood.

Our students come from all over the world to carry out research that makes a difference to people's health now and for generations to come. Some come from undergraduate programmes, some are returning to study after several years in the workforce, and others are clinicians taking on research projects to support their clinical practice.

Whatever your background, you'll be supervised by internationally recognised academic staff who are experts in their field, you'll have access to world-class facilities, and you'll be part of New Zealand's only world-ranked university.

Get in touch

Professor Mark Vickers

We accept applications from international students throughout the year. If you’d like to enquire about a particular project or find out more about the research opportunities, please contact our Associate Director - Academic:

Professor Mark Vickers
Phone: +64 9 923 6687 or 0064 (0) 272 736 820

Funding your study

As long as you live in New Zealand for the duration of your study, you’ll pay the same tuition fees as domestic PhD students.  (You’re allowed to carry out research overseas for a maximum of 12 months during your doctoral degree).

Scholarship support is also available. You could apply for the New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship (NZIDRS). Funded by the New Zealand government, the scholarship covers:

  • University tuition fees and associated student levies for 3 years
  • An annual living stipend of NZ$25,000 or NZ$2083.33 per month for 36 months
  • Medical insurance coverage up to NZ$600 annually for 3 years

You can apply for this scholarship at the time of applying for a PhD programme, or you can apply if you’re already enrolled.

If you’ve completed your qualifying programme at the University of Auckland or any other New Zealand university, you could also apply for the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship. These scholarships are guaranteed for straight A students, which means you need a GPA of 8.0. You can only be considered for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship at the time you apply for a project.

There are also a range of other scholarships available to international students, depending on where you’re from and what you’re studying.

University life & living in Auckland

Find out more about living in Auckland and the support the University offers for international students.

The University has a dedicated International Student Information Centre that can help you with visa, tuition fees, health insurance and more.

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