Information for new PhD students

Guidance and information for students starting doctoral study.

On this page you will find details on:
  • University Doctoral Induction workshops
  • Faculty doctoral induction workshops and dates for 2024
  • Supervision
  • Doctoral Skills Hub and programme
  • Information for new doctoral candidates

University Doctoral Induction workshops

Every new doctoral student is required to attend a University Doctoral Induction workshop soon after enrolment. This is one of your Confirmation milestones. Register for one of these workshops by visiting our Doctoral Induction page. 

Faculty doctoral induction workshops

Every new doctoral student in Science is required to attend a Faculty of Science doctoral induction workshop. This is a Confirmation milestone for all Science doctoral candidates. This workshop is distinct from the University Doctoral Induction workshop, which you must also attend.

In the Faculty induction workshop, you will meet other new doctoral candidates as well as key staff that support doctoral candidates in Science. You will learn about science-specific issues for doctoral candidates, and explore issues related to setting and maintaining professional boundaries.

Workshops are held approximately ten times a year. You will be contacted by Sharon Chen and invited to register for a specific workshop according to your disciplinary area. Please note that you are expected to attend a Faculty doctoral induction workshop within the first three months of your enrolment.

Faculty of Science Doctoral Induction Workshop dates for 2024


19 February, 9.30am-12.45pm

21 February, 9.30am-12.45pm


8 April, 9.30am-12.45pm

10 April, 9.30am-12.45pm

12 April, 9.30am-12.45pm


25 June, 9.30am-12.45pm

27 June, 9.30am-12.45pm


27 August, 9.30am-12.45pm

29 August, 9.30am-12.45pm


22 October, 9.30am-12.45pm


12 November, 9.30am-12.45pm

14 November, 9.30am-12.45pm

                                              Find out more about doctoral events by contacting your Student Hubs.  

                                              Doctoral welcome sessions and afternoon tea

                                              The Faculty holds a welcome afternoon tea for new doctoral candidates four times a year. This is an opportunity to meet other new doctoral candidates from across the Faculty and to learn about how the Faculty can support you during your studies.

                                              New candidates will get an invitation by email. If you'd like more information please contact Sharon Chen at


                                              Supervision is the distinctive teaching and learning process used for graduate research education at the University of Auckland and most universities worldwide. Find out more on the supervision page.

                                              Doctoral workshops

                                              A comprehensive suite of academic and personal skills workshops are available to support you through your study. These can be found at:

                                              Doctoral workshops

                                              Library workshops

                                              Information for new doctoral candidates

                                              New doctoral candidates can find information about doctoral induction, doctoral opportunities and the university campus on this doctoral candidate information page.