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

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

Check your eligibility

Check your eligibility and required documents.

You will be asked for the following in your application:

  • Evidence of supervision
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Thesis abstract or full thesis
  • Academic documents including grading scales
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Identity document

Apply for PhD

Apply for PhD programme through myUC completing the online application and uploading the supporting documents.

Note: In your proposed study, the supervisor details and evidence of contact with the supervisor, where they include their availability must be attached to the application.

 

Apply for EdD or DMA

Apply for EdD or DMA by completing and submitting the application form along with your supporting documents to admission@canterbury.ac.nz

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Note: In your proposed study, the supervisor details and evidence of contact with the supervisor, where they include their availability must be attached to the application.

Approval Process

Processing your application may take several weeks as your application will go through a series of approvals across colleges, schools, departments 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: 
thesis-enrolment@canterbury.ac.nz

Other Considerations

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 admission@canterbury.ac.nz.

Transferring from an Incomplete PhD within a NZ University

Please contact the Postgraduate Office for details by emailing postgraduate-office@canterbury.ac.nz.

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