University of Otago PhD and MA Scholarships

University of Otago



The Department of Classics offers programmes leading to the MA and PhD degrees. The MA by thesis requires one year minimum of study, while the PhD takes three to four years.


Staff are active in research and available to provide supervision in most general areas of Classics, including archaeology, history, literature, rhetoric, philosophy, mythology, religion, social life, tradition and reception. There are collaborative links with the nearby Otago Museum, which houses an excellent Classical collection.


The University offers up to 181 PhD scholarships valued at $NZ25,000 per annum plus fees and 60 MA scholarships each year plus fees for MA students.

International students and New Zealand students of Classics are eligible to apply for PhD scholarships, while Australian and New Zealand students of Classics are eligible to apply for MA scholarships; in addition, there is one MA scholarship valued at $NZ13,000 plus fees for an international student available in a Humanities discipline. The Department also offers the Bruggeman Postgraduate Scholarship in Classics for MA students.

International PhD students from any country and MA students from Australia and within New Zealand pay only New Zealand domestic fees (whether receiving a scholarship or not), as does the international recipient of the MA scholarship in a Humanities discipline.

The Department normally offers one or more Teaching Fellowships with teaching responsibilities normally in Greek or Latin (usual qualification: an MA in Classics). Some tutoring positions in Classical Studies are also available, and some research assistantships may be available.


Applicants for the PhD should normally hold an MA or equivalent. Applicants for the MA should normally hold a good four-year BA (Honours) or equivalent in a relevant subject area. Further information on these programmes and financial assistance is available at (follow the links to Classics, postgraduate study, and scholarships).

A particularly attractive feature of the PhD scholarships for international and New Zealand students and MA scholarships for Australian and New Zealand students is that applications may be made at any time during the year and the starting date is flexible; applications for the MA scholarship for an international student should be made at the end of the calendar year.


The Universitiy of Otago campus, which serves about 20,000 students, is located just a few blocks from the centre of Dunedin, a city noted for its gracious Victorian and Edwardian buildings and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Dunedin has all the facilities, entertainment and variety of larger cities but is small enough to be friendly, uncrowded and safe.

Almost all Otago students live within walking distance of the University campus. The majority of graduate students live in rented apartments or houses shared by four or five students, but many of those coming from outside New Zealand find a welcome first home in Abbey College, a postgraduate-only residential hall.


Students who have completed the PhD in Classics at Otago have pursued a wide range of careers, including in academia. A number of PhD receipients have obtained permanent and fixed-term academic posts in such countries as Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan and Oman. MA recipients have gone on to pursue PhDs in countries such as the UK, Australia, USA and New Zealand.


The Postgraduate Coordinator

Department of Classics

P.O. Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand

Telephone: +64 3 4798709

Fax: +64 3 479 9029



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Postgraduate Coordinator
+64 3 4798709