Apply for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Find key information about admission, what you need to meet the entry requirements and the application process for doctoral study.

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1. Apply

Before submitting your application you need to check you are eligible to apply and also identify a supervisor. 

If a supervisor expresses interest in your proposed study, the supervisor details and evidence of contact with the supervisor, where they confirm their availability to supervise your research, MUST be attached to your application.

Once you know your entry requirements you can complete and submit your application.

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2. Approval Process

Please note that processing your application may take several weeks as your application will go through a series of approvals across colleges, schools, department and the Dean of Postgraduate Research.  The University will make every effort to reach a decision as soon possible. Once your application for admission has been approved (first step) you will then be notified and sent an email explaining the process of how to complete your enrolment (second step). 

You can check the progress of your application anytime by logging into myUC.

Once you are fully enrolled please refer any questions you may have to thesis enrolment-

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3. Deferrals

Once your application has been approved and you would like to request a change in start date please discuss this with your provisional supervisor first and email the confirmation of their approval to

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4.Transferring from an Incomplete UC Masters to PhD

You can apply to do so after at least six months work on your master’s thesis. You must show substantial evidence of quality progress in your research. 

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5. Transferring from an Incomplete PhD within a NZ University

Please contact the Postgraduate Office for details. Their email address is

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