Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Accounting in The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato

Campus: Hamilton

Duration: 4 years

Intake:  Feb and July

*Fee: $31,010-$38,840 per year

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The degree is presented by the University for Research carried out under the guidance of at least two faculty members. A degree can also be awarded as a PhD with Publication or a PhD with a Creative Practice element. The research is candidate’s own work and is written up as a thesis that may include papers to be published or intended to be published. The thesis is needed to present the case for the research, outline the research undertaken and the findings and recommendations of that research. There is no course work for this degree.

Accounting is the best way to work with audience to help their businesses grow more with more profit.  It also reduces exposure to financial risk. You will learn the skills you are required to become a business adviser and make planned decisions for industries.  A course in accounting can help you into all kinds of industries.

Accountants have handsome salaries and are in need both in New Zealand and internationally. They often work in high-level management roles where knowledge in financial control, decision making, legal compliance and leadership are important.

If you love to work with numbers and people, and want to help businesses grow, then accounting is best for you. In this course, you’ll learn how to prepare financial statements to satisfy with professional standards, and have knowledge of commercial and taxation laws that apply to industries.

Career Outcomes:

  • Auditor
  • Business consultant
  • Chief financial officer
  • Company accountant
  • Financial accountant/controller
  • Management accountant
  • Tax accountant
    Eligibility criteria

    Academic eligibility:

    Students must have bachelor’s degree with honours or masters degree with a research component.

    English language proficiency score:

    1. IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0
    2. TOEFL Score of 90 is required (22 in writing)
    3. PTE required score is 65

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