Support for postgraduate students

Postgraduate study can be a whole different experience than study as an undergraduate. If you need help and support, it’s important you know where to go.

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The University's Postgraduate Welcome is held monthly throughout the year. These sessions are designed both for students who have transferred from another institution and students who completed their undergraduate studies at UC.

Atawhai Ākonga | Student Care

As a UC postgraduate student, you might want some advice about how to adjust to higher-level study and how to maintain success throughout your studies. Whether it’s about managing your workload, understanding your supervisory relationship, or finding connections, meeting with a Student Care Advisor will help you to explore your options, get on track with your studies, and develop useful skills for success.

Contact Student Care.

Ngā Puna Mātauraka| UC Library

Haere mai, tauti mai—welcome to UC Library. We're here to support your learning, teaching and research. Search and access our online resources, visit us in one of our three locations, and talk to our expert staff about your study and research needs.

For more information go to Support | UC Library | University of Canterbury

Te Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | Academic Skills Centre (ASC)

Take your writing and presenting to the next level to effectively communicate the depth and significance of your research. ASC is a free advisory service that can show you how at all stages of your postgraduate study.

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Te Ratonga Whaikaha | Equity and Disability Service (EDS)

If you have a learning difficulty, mental health condition, physical impairment, or another condition that may affect your study, EDS offers specialised disability support.

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Canterbury Postgraduate Students Association (PGSA)

The PGSA is a student-run governing body that is focused on shaping the postgraduate student experience at the University of Canterbury. The PGSA sponsors both social and academic events, provides financial support for student organisations, and supports campus-wide initiatives that directly influence the postgraduate student body.

The Canterbury PGSA is a great hub for announcements and information on events, parties, meetings, and all things relevant to postgraduate student life.

Postgraduate events, seminars and lectures

It’s a good idea to check your college, school and departmental websites for lectures and seminars that may come up. 

The Dean of Postgraduate Research also sends out a monthly email to all thesis students with details of upcoming workshops and seminars.

Postgraduate student mentoring scheme

The postgraduate student mentoring scheme is for PhD students at UC. Your mentor will help you with any questions you might have about starting out on a PhD and settling into life at UC. Find out more about Mentoring programmes at UC.

Māori students – Te Punenga postgraduate support

The Māori Student Development Team (MDT) offer support for Māori postgraduate ākonga through our Te Punenga initiative. This includes options from academic writing workshops to study pathway assistance and workshop grants.

Pacific students

The Pacific Development Team (PDT) offers a wide range of services to support all Pacific students academically and socially, including postgraduates. Options include Talanoa sessions, Old Skool dinners, and dedicated spaces on campus.

More information

For more general information about getting started at UC, see New students

Postgraduate student profiles

Meikko Forones

Meikko Forones

'UC has also very approachable lecturers who are known experts in their field...'

William Dobson

Wills Dobson

'UC has great connections with Antarctica...'