Doctoral forms and processes

Learn about some of the forms you’ll need and the processes you should follow.

Please contact your school or department’s Academic Services Coordinator for information about all doctoral forms and processes. All completed forms should be sent to the coordinator for processing after you have obtained your supervisor’s signature.

Postgraduate Research Student Support (PReSS Accounts)

The PReSS Account provides funding for doctoral students to support their research and enable them to complete in a timely manner. PReSS account funding is available to currently enrolled doctoral candidates, regardless of whether they are international or domestic, or whether they are working on campus or off.
Funds are lodged at the Research Office. Only direct research costs are covered by PReSS Account funding.

Doctoral Continuation

The Confirmation review aims to keep candidates on track each year after their Confirmation review. Learn more: Continuation


  • Suspensions, absences, extensions
  • Change to part-time/full-time, title
  • Registration date or department
  • Termination.

All of these are applied for on a DOC 6 form – Change to doctoral candidate’s registration.
Candidates who need to be away from campus for more than one month, but no more than one year, must apply for an absence before they leave the University.
Visit: Doctoral Candidates – Periods of Temporary Absence Policy and Procedures

Candidates with Wahapū access should make all change requests online via Wahapū.

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship Extensions

If you hold a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship or if you have been receiving external funding, you may be eligible to apply for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship Extension.

This Extension is for up to six months and is paid at the same rate as a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship, i.e. $27,300 pa stipend plus full fees and international health insurance, if applicable.

You can apply from around three months before the end date of your current funding. Please read the University of Auckland Doctoral Extension Guidelines below to determine your eligibility and the category you should apply under.

Endorsements of your progress and date and timeline to submission of your thesis will be required from both your supervisor and your Head of Department. Applications for extensions can be made by visiting University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship Extension.

Thesis presentation

Candidates may choose to write their thesis with published or unpublished research papers as chapters. The candidate must be the ‘lead author’ of these and have made a contribution of 65 percent or more to each. These papers must be accompanied by an introductory chapter and a concluding discussion. The abstract and key words of each paper should not be included as part of a thesis chapter. Each chapter should also not have an individual reference list. There should be only one reference list, placed at the end of the thesis.