Doctoral Candidates - Transfer Procedures


  • Doctoral candidates who wish to transfer their enrolment from another university to the University of Auckland
  • Former University of Auckland doctoral candidates who did not complete their doctorates and who now wish to commence a new doctorate


To specify the procedures that must be followed by candidates transferring to the University and candidates who have had a previous doctoral registration at the University. It is supported by Doctoral Candidates – Transfer Guidelines


1.    In order to transfer enrolment to the University, candidates currently registered in a doctoral programme at another university must:

  • withdraw from registration at the other university
  • complete a statutory declaration concerning the nature and extent of the research done and detail any supervision received at the other university
  • be registered at the University of Auckland for a minimum of two years full-time (four years part-time)

2.    A candidate enrolled for a masters degree at another university may not apply to convert an unfinished masters thesis into a doctoral thesis at the University of Auckland

3.    Candidates whose doctoral registration at another university has been terminated must provide the reasons for termination of the previous candidature

4.    Candidates who have been registered for a doctorate previously at the University of Auckland may reapply for entry into a doctoral programme,  but this must normally be for a new research topic

5.    All transferring candidates will be registered provisionally and undergo the usual provisional year review. This includes meeting all of the University’s standard provisional year goals

6.    Candidates who have completed more than a year of full-time study at another institution will not normally be accepted into the University of Auckland’s doctoral programme


The following definitions apply to this document:

University means the University of Auckland and includes all subsidiaries

Document management and control

Owner: Dean of Graduate Studies

Content manager: School of Graduate Studies

Approved by: Dean of Graduate Studies

Date approved: June 2015

Review date: June 2018