How to apply

Find out more about applying for doctoral study.

Doctoral Application for Admission

If your application meets the University’s minimum requirements for doctoral study, your application will be sent to the Faculty of Arts discipline indicated in your application. The discipline will review your application and look at supervision options at this point.

Faculty of Arts Statement of Research Intent

During the discipline review process we will ask you to provide your Statement of Research Intent on the Faculty of Arts Template. In some cases, the discipline or nominated supervisor will ask for amendments to your research intent.

We will also receive further documentation for your application at this point, including referee reports and reference letters.

Approval of the Application to Study (ATS)

Once the application is processed by the discipline and, if it meets their requirements, it is then reviewed by the Deputy Head (Postgraduate) for the School to which you are applying. The application also requires Faculty-level approval from the Associate Dean (Postgraduate).

The ATS is sent to the Board of Graduate Studies for final review and approval. If you are successful the Board of Graduate Studies will make an offer to you by email.

For more information please contact

Valerie Villarosa
Doctoral Coordinator
Phone: +64 9 923 6518

Common questions

When can I apply for the programme?

We accept applications at any time of the year but note if you are interested in applying for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship or Faculty Scholarship, there are specific application deadlines for each round. 

When will I hear back about my application?

The application process generally takes a minimum of eight weeks.

I don’t have a supervisor yet, can I apply?

You are not required to have organised a supervisor yet. The discipline will contact you to confirm or discuss available supervision.

Can my family come to New Zealand with me?

Your family may be eligible to join you in New Zealand. For more information see Doctoral Programmes for International Students.

When should I apply for a visa?

You can apply for a visa once you have received your full offer letter.

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