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

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

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:


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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