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The master's lifecycle

26 October 2023

From enrolling to registering your thesis and progress reports, check out the lifecycle of a master's thesis.


The master's thesis lifecycle

Enrolment, registration, and monitoring (progress reports) are managed by your Faculty.

You will need to address applications for changes to enrolment (eg, from full-time to part-time study; a suspension or extension; changes in supervisors) to the relevant Faculty Dean.

Direct any queries regarding examination to Te Kura Tāura, who administer the examination of master's theses.


Compulsory stages of candidature



Enrolment establishes:

  • your proposed senior supervisor
  • your proposed research topic
  • expectations over frequency of meetings with proposed supervisors
  • that there are suitable resources available to support the proposed area of research.


Thesis registration

This is a very important document that sets up the process of student-supervisor interaction and completion. This document should be given a lot of thought and attention.


Progress reports (every six months)

Progress reports are required to:

  • report on achievements over the past six months
  • facilitate the planning of upcoming (six monthly) milestones and aims
  • identify any issues for discussion.

Effectiveness of these reports depends on:

  • taking seriously the process of reflection and planning
  • candid responses from all (students and supervisors)
  • a willingness to discuss and address any issues that arise through the process of reflection and planning.


Thesis submission

Your tasks:

  • ensure that you are enrolled and that your fees are up-to-date
  • submit a PDF version of your thesis and the completed Declaration Form to Te Kura Tāura (by email)
  • International students - contact the Enrolments Team to discuss your visa situation.


Optional stages of candidature
  1. Suspension of study
  2. Change of supervisor/topic/department
  3. Change between full-time and part-time study
  4. Study away from Christchurch
  5. Extension to submission date

Discuss these changes with your Senior Supervisor first, and contact your Faculty/Department Administrators or Graduate Research Coordinator to confirm the requirements for these changes. 

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