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 2020
  • 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 within the first 12 months of enrolment. This is another of your Confirmation milestones.

This workshop is separate from the University Doctoral Induction workshop, which you must also attend as another of your Confirmation milestones.

You will meet other new doctoral students in your discipline area as well as key doctoral advisors from your discipline area. You will learn about discipline-specific issues for doctoral students, and explore issues related to setting and maintaining professional boundaries.

Workshops are held twice a year for each discipline area. You should contact the doctoral advisor for your School or Department in order to register for a workshop. Please note that it is strongly recommended that you attend a Faculty doctoral induction workshop within the first six months of your enrolment.

Faculty of Science Doctoral Induction Workshop dates for 2021

Psychology and Exercise Sciences

16 February, 9.30am-12.45pm

31 August, 9.30am-12.45pm

Biological Sciences and Marine Science

23 February, 9.30am-12.45pm

26 June, 9.30am-12.45pm

Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

13 April, 9.30am-12.45pm

7 September, 9.30am-12.45pm

Chemical Sciences

15 April, 9.30am-12.45pm

26 October, 9.30am-12.45pm

Environment and Marine Science

8 June, 9.30am-12.45pm

16 November, 9.30am-12.45pm 

Find out more about doctoral events by contacting the Science Student Centre

Doctoral welcome sessions and afternoon tea

The Faculty holds a welcome afternoon tea for new doctoral students in most months. This is an opportunity to meet other new doctoral students from across the Faculty and to learn about how the Faculty can support you during your studies.

New students 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.