The Fiji National University (FNU) is an institution of influence fostering a research community defined by global connectedness and networks with national and international research peers.
The university supports research in a broad range of areas relevant to Fiji in partnership with the government and industries to grow our research activities and achievements for the transformation of our societies and economy.
Keeping a focus on applied research to address issues pertinent to national development, FNU is now offering Higher Degrees by Research (PhD and Masters by Research) in the following disciplines:
The FNU doctoral programme is designed to support research candidates with research preparatory courses and monitoring of research project progression with three milestones – a candidature confirmation within 10 months of enrolment; a mid-candidature review within 20 months and a completion seminar the end of 30 months. Duration of the programme is 3 years full time and 6 years part-time.
Our PhD and Masters by Research students form a valuable part of the university research community. Our research students will have the ability to work on real and important issues for Fiji and the region, as they drive a significant percentage of the university’s research output.
Doctor of Philosophy Programme
This programme is of international standards, meeting the requirements of Quality Assurance Agency, UK, Australian Qualification Framework 10 and Fiji Higher Education Commission Framework 10.
The PhD programme is a level 10 programme comprising a 60,000 to 100,000 word thesis, which must be the student’s own work. The thesis embodies the results of the research work undertaken by the student guided by two supervisors, examined by two external examiners, followed by an oral examination (viva voce). The research preparatory courses and monitoring of project progression promote excellence and ensure timely completions.
The minimum requirements for admission to a PhD programme are:
Masters by Research Programme
The FNU Masters by Research programme is designed to support research candidates with research preparatory courses, and monitoring of research project progression with two milestones – a candidature confirmation within 8 months of enrolment; and a completion seminar at the end of 18 months. Duration of the programme is 2 years full time and 4 years part-time. At the end of their completion seminar, the candidate can apply to upgrade from the masters to PhD studies.
Masters by Research programme is a level 9 programmes comprising a 40,000 to a 60,000 word thesis which must be the student’s own work, embody the results of the research work undertaken by the student guided by two supervisors.
These programmes meet the requirements of Quality Assurance Agency, UK; Australian Qualification Framework 9; and Fiji Higher Education Commission Framework 9. Duration of the Programme is 2 years full time and 4 years part-time.
Disciplines of study for Masters by Research include:
The minimum requirements for admission to a Masters by Research programme are:
The medium of instruction at FNU is the English language. Students must be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue HDR Programmes. HDR students will provide evidence from undergraduate qualifications/other English qualifications that confirm their English language competency.
Applicants can apply for HDR admission through online portal available on the FNU website: https://www.fnu.ac.fj/student/academic-services/
If you require more information on HDR programmes, please contact Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Research.