Ensure you meet the entry requirements

Before you submit your application, you need to check you meet any additional entry requirements for each qualification you plan to study.


Check whether you meet the requirements here:

You are required to check each individual course you plan on studying to make sure you meet pre-requisite or co-requisite requirements.

Search Qualifications and courses for more information.

If you do not meet the course prerequisite or co-requisite entry requirements you may be eligible for an exemption.

Find out more about getting an Exemption from a prerequisite or co-requisite.

You must be competent in the use and understanding of written and spoken English. Check you meet the minimum English language requirements.

It’s recommended that you talk to a Student Advisor or directly with the relevant college, school, department or research centre to discuss your study options and any additional entry requirements.

Research based qualifications

If you undertake a research-based qualification it is important not only that you work in an area of interest to you, but also that you identify and meet your supervisor prior to any commitment to the qualification.

Your supervisor is an individual who will work closely with you for the period of your research (two to four years), so it is worthwhile finding out if you feel comfortable working with them.

Identify a supervisor who shares your research interests

The research interests of UC’s academic staff are listed on the web pages of the relevant academic programmes and departments. You can also search the UC SPARK Research Profiles for current research projects at UC. Senior supervisors are usually a continuing academic staff and must have appropriate doctorial qualification or research experience to support you.

A good place to start the search for a potential supervisor is by looking at the relevant subjects you wish to study.

Look into their record of past/present students

Be sure to ask your potential supervisor relevant questions such as:

  • How many students they have had in the past?
  • How long those students took to complete their postgraduate studies?
  • Whether there were any problems in completion?

While this may not be relevant for all supervisors, it is worth getting a feel for their previous experience and success rate.

Find out what their current students say about them

Current students are a great benchmark to get some real information about your potential supervisor. Make a point of meeting with them if possible.

Find out about your potential supervisor’s expectations

It is important to clarify what your potential supervisors expectations are. What workload are they expecting from you? What important milestones do they expect you to be meeting and how do they expect the supervisor-student relationship to work? A clear understanding on both sides at the start of the relationship can help it work more smoothly, rather than unclear expectations which have a possibility for someone to be let down.

Consider what you need from a supervisor

Once you have gathered some of the information above, it is important that you consider what is important and necessary to you. Do you want to be left to work primarily independently, or do you require someone who will meet with you regularly to keep you on track? Think about how you like to be managed.

Meet your supervisor if possible

It is important to get a sense of how well you and your proposed supervisor will be able to work together. The supervisory relationship is a important determinant of a successful and enjoyable research experience, it is important that both parties feel they will be able to have a productive relationship. If possible, it is recommend that you meet with your proposed supervisor. If there are any concerns about the ability to work together, these should be addressed before you start your research or consider alternative supervisory arrangements.

If you have Admission to the University of Canterbury you can simply apply to enrol by the relevant application dates. If you need to apply for Admission please submit your complete application for Admission at least 6 months before the intended start date. 

You should apply as early as possible to give yourself maximum preparation time for visa application, fee payment, travel and accommodation arrangements. Late applications may be processed, but we cannot guarantee that a decision will be made in time for you to make the necessary arrangements to start your studies here.

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