Administration process for masters research projects (120 points only)

The processes detailed below are for students with a main supervisor in School of Medical Sciences, School of Medicine, Liggins Institute or School of Biological Sciences enrolling in:

  • MBiomedSc
  • MSc in Physiology or Pharmacology
  • MHSc

Before your enrolment can be approved, you will be required to have identified a thesis research topic and to have come to an agreement with an academic staff member about supervision of your thesis research.


  1. Find a project.
    • If you are student applying from outside of the University of Auckland, visit our supervisors' Discovery profiles to see which projects are on offer.
    • If you are a returning University of Auckland Student, you can either contact an academic whose research or teaching area is of interest to you, or continue to work with the academic staff member you met through either MEDSCI 744 or MEDSCI 701.
  2. When you meet the supervisor, take your academic record and your CV.
  3. Apply for admission in the appropriate programme (minimum GPA/GPE 5).
  4. The student and supervisor should then prepare together a masters project proposal form (see below) and submit this to the School of Medical Sciences Masters Advisory Commitee.
  5. Once the project is officially approved you can enrol in the programme.
  6. A mid year progress report is also required to be submitted to the School of Medical Sciences Masters Advisory Committee.

Completed and signed forms of Masters Project Proposal and Progress Report should be submitted to:

Mrs Virginia Moraes
Group Services Coordinator
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 4655

Further information on Project Proposals and Progress Reports please contact:

Dr Sue McGlashan
Postgraduate Director, School of Medical Sciences
SMS Masters Advisory Committee
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 6067


Deadlines for submission of the proposal and progress report are:

  • Semester 1 enrolment: proposal due 31 January*, progress report due 30 August
  • Semester 2 enrolment: proposal due 15 June*, progress report due 31 January
  • December enrolment: proposal due 31 October*, progress report due 30 April

* Any difficulties meeting this deadline please contact Virginia Moraes

Masters thesis submission

Students will need to submit three temporary-bound copies of their work and a digital copy to the Grafton Student Hub.

Deadlines for submission are as follows:

  • Semester 1 enrolment: 28 February
  • Semester 2 enrolment: 15 July
  • December enrolment: 30 November

Student Hubs will manage the examination process for masters thesis and research portfolios. Students will be sent the substantive comments that their examiners have made, and thesis candidates will be able to make minor corrections to their work before having their thesis hard-bound and deposited in the University library.

All questions regarding the submission process should be made via the Student Hubs.