Applying for a doctoral degree

Find key information about admission and the application process for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), Doctor of Education (EdD) and a Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc) at UC.

Processing your application

Processing your application for admission to a doctoral programme of study may take several weeks as your application must be reviewed by various teams across the University. You will be notified as soon as a decision has been made, and your next steps will be outlined. If you are approved to study a doctoral degree, you will be given details of how to complete your enrolment. 

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

Annual re-enrolment

PhD students are required to re-enrol prior the anniversary date of their first enrolment each year (approved course start date). You will receive a reminder email two weeks before your enrolment ends. 

  • Domestic students: You will receive a notification to advise that your Enrolment Agreement is ready to view and accept on myUC.
  • International students: You must go to the Enrolments team in Te Pātaka where your enrolment will be processed and you will receive your Enrolment Agreement. Please take your passport, current visa and proof of your new visa application (if required). 

If you have not received notification to re-enrol within a week of your enrolment ending, or have any questions regarding your enrolment please contact for assistance.

Other Considerations


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

Transferring from an Incomplete PhD within a NZ University

Please contact the Postgraduate Office for details by emailing

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