Doctoral Application help
Please follow our step-by-step instructions below if you have started your Application for Admission and need some help.
In this section you will need to provide personal details such as name, address, telephone numbers and date of birth.
Fields marked with * are mandatory.
You are required to state your first language. If your first language is not English or Māori, you will need to provide evidence that your fluency in the English language meets the admission standards of this University.
English language qualifications – Please note that IELTS/TOEFL results are valid for only two years from the date of the test.
English Language Requirements
New Zealand citizens and Permanent Residents are deemed to have met the English language requirement.
Academic History – review and complete information in the following areas:
Secondary school history and qualifications
Foundation Level study (if applicable)
You are asked to enter your highest tertiary qualification (either completed or in progress). If your highest qualification is not relevant to the programme, and you have another tertiary qualification that you feel is more relevant, you may enter that one instead.
Remember that entry to a doctoral programme normally requires one of the following:
• A masters degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours.
• A bachelors degree awarded with first class or second class (division 1) honours.
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Fields marked with * are mandatory.
1. Select Programme
Please note that, for programmes other than Doctor of Philosophy, only one subject area is available, and that subject will pre-populate in the "Subject" field.
Intended Start Date
The doctoral programme can begin in any month of the year, and is not tied to academic semesters or terms. The doctoral year runs for 12 months from the date of enrolment, which is always the 1st of any month. Please state the month and year you would wish to begin. This date may be amended, with your agreement, at any time.
Please note that the earliest date you may select is the start of the current year. If you intend to apply to backdate your registration to an earlier date, please select the current year here, and include a statement of your actual intended start date in your statement of research intent.
If you do not know which campus is appropriate, choose “City”
In the free-text field, please enter your proposed research topic. This should be a descriptive title of the research you would like to undertake. The title would normally be no more than 150 characters.
If you have someone in mind as a potential supervisor - perhaps you have already been in contact with them, or have seen someone involved in research you are interested in on a department website - you are welcome to nominate that person here. However, the department will contact you to confirm or discuss available supervision.
You are not required to provide information about proposed funding, but it is useful to signal such information here. If you intend to apply for a scholarship or tutorship, these applications will be made separately.
Off Campus Doctoral Research – if you click “Yes”, a new question will appear:
Do you intend to perform any off-shore doctoral research? – International students and NZ Permanent Residents, please note that eligibility under the Domestic Fees policy is based on residence in New Zealand. If you are outside of New Zealand for more than 12 months (accumulated) of your doctoral programme, you will be required to pay the full international tuition fee.
Please note that, if you are currently registered for a PhD at another university, you will be required to withdraw from registration at the other university, and to provide a statutory declaration concerning the nature and extent of the research done and the supervision received at the other university.
Creative Practice Component
Some programmes may also require a creative component such as a portfolio or performance. Please check the website of your faculty or department for any additional information they may require.
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2. Supplementary Information
Membership to professional body/Professional Registration Number
These fields will not be relevant to all programmes. If you have membership in a professional body, and feel that it is relevant to the programme and/or subject you have chosen, you are welcome to enter that information here.
To save the details you have entered and continue with your Expression of Interest, click on the "Save and Next" button at the bottom right corner. You may also return to the previous page by clicking on the "Save and Previous" button on the bottom left corner. You may also navigate by clicking on the buttons in the menu, but if you do, details will not be saved.
Provisional goals are steps of work that you and your supervisor agree you should complete by the end of your first, or provisional year. You are not asked to provide any information in this page as these goals are determined in consultation with your supervisor.
You are here required to upload electronic versions of various documents. These are needed by academic staff to assess your qualification for entry to the programme, to provide you with appropriate advice, and to match your research interests with those of a potential supervisor.
This is the academic transcript or record of your highest tertiary qualification (as named in the Tertiary Education page). You may also upload here the transcript of any other qualification(s) you believe to be relevant or would wish to have considered. It is important that you include the grading scale of the tertiary institution that you have studied at. This should be uploaded as part of your academic transcript.
If you are a returning student to the University of Auckland, you can obtain an copy of your unofficial transcript by following the instructions in this link.
Statement of Research Intent
A brief one-page statement, in the form of an abstract, using the template provided here. Once you have completed your statement, save it as a Word document.
On this page, a summary of the information you have provided in all the earlier pages is displayed, in a series of boxes, one for each page. You can edit any of this information from this review page if you wish.
Anything that is incomplete will be highlighted in red and marked as incomplete. You must complete all mandatory fields before you are able to submit your application.
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This is the standard declaration that all applicants must tick. This section also details the application fees - $130 for overseas tertiary; $80 for domestic tertiary.
Once you have completed all the above section you are ready to submit your application for doctoral study.
Contacting the University - For domestic applicants applying for a student loan or allowance If you have not already applied for a student loan or student allowance you should do so now.
If you experience any difficulties in accessing the AfA system, or in completing and/or submitting your doctoral application, contact: email@example.com