The HIT Lab NZ offers a multidisciplinary degree that is designed to allow students from a variety of backgrounds to undertake research in the field of Human Interface Technology.

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PhD                                             Masters

Merel Keijsers

PhD

“Every once in a while, I am sitting here wondering how on earth I got into a position where people are paying me to chase whatever weird nerd question I have with robots.”

Laura-Jane Douch

MHIT

“I have a passion for design and technology – gaming can be a super powerful tool for helping people.”

Kris Tong

PhD

 

“I think everyone is a storyteller and wants to share things with others. I want to figure out how to use 360-degree video to tell stories and enable everyone to use it.”

Meike Belter

PhD

 

“Games are a great way for transferring knowledge, so many people learn so many different things through games already – it has great potential. I want to use new technology in a meaningful way.”

PhD at the HIT Lab NZ

The HIT Lab NZ at the University of Canterbury offers a doctorate in Human Interface Technology. This is a multidisciplinary degree that is designed to allow students from a variety of backgrounds to undertake research in this field.

Research topics typically involve technology within Human-Robot Interaction, Virtual Reality, Augmented Virtuality and Augmented Reality. Other topics may be considered.

Unlike most US doctoral programs, PhD degrees in New Zealand are typically completed within three years, and do not involve coursework. Students begin conducting research from the moment they start the programme.

Scholarships are available both from the University of Canterbury and from the HIT Lab. A scholarship from the university will allow you more freedom to determine your research focus, while scholarships from the lab will require you to work within one of our funded projects.

Please contact individual staff members about possible scholarships. We currently have a number of College of Engineering Fees Scholarships available covering the university fees of the PhD course.