Applying for a doctoral degree

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

Apply for PhD and DHSc

Apply for a PhD and DHSc by completing an online application and uploading supporting documents through myUC.

Note: You will need to include evidence of your proposed supervisor's commitment and availability. 


Apply for EdD or DMA

Apply for EdD or DMA by completing and submitting the Application Form along with your supporting documents to

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Note: You will need to include evidence of your proposed supervisor's commitment and availability. 

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 are required to go to Student Services on level 1, Matariki where your enrolment will be processed and you will receive your Enrolment Agreement. Please bring with you your passport, current visa and associated visa application documents (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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