After your doctoral enrolment

Information and next steps for those who have recently enrolled onto a PhD or named doctorate.

What to do once you've enrolled

Understand your enrolment

There are some key aspects about your enrolment that it is useful to understand right from the start:

Read the regulations

We know people don’t always read the small print, but understanding the rules of your programme is important and can save you time, stress and confusion later in your studies. Please familiarise yourself with the regulations for your programme via the links below.

Book your Doctoral Induction

The Doctoral Induction, run by the School of Graduate Studies, is one of your confirmation milestones. The Induction is a great opportunity to connect with other new candidates and to learn key information to help get your studies off to a great start. Aim to attend your Induction within two mnoths of enrolment.

Find out more and book: Doctoral Induction

Get connected

Check your email: The main way the University will communicate with you is via your student email account. Be sure to check it regularly or set up a forward to a preferred address. Your email account should be active within 48 hours of enrolment.

Find out more: Student email account  

Log in to our online systems: Your access to University resources and computer systems begins from your start date. Look online for help logging on, using WiFi and for access to Student Services Online, your portal for viewing and paying fees, downloading your registration summary and more.

Collect your ID card: Your campus card gives you access to printing, the library, the Rec Centre and more. If you’re an international candidate, you’ll get an email when your card is ready to collect. If you’re a returning student then you can continue to use your existing card.

Find out more: Campus card

Set up your ORCID ID: An ORCID ID connects you with your research publications and affiliations. Sign in or set one up at

Start building your support network

We encourage you to meet other doctoral candidates and make friends early on. The Doctoral Induction and Doctoral Morning Tea are great opportunities to meet others, but you can also connect with the wider postgraduate community by joining the Postgraduate Students Association (PGSA) and the wider University community by joining a club or society

Start work on your confirmation milestones

As a doctoral candidate, you have a set of milestones that you must complete within the first 12 months of your enrolment (24 months if part-time). It is a good idea to make a start on these goals straight away.

Find out more: Confirmation milestones.

Other useful actions

Explore the Doctoral Development Framework
The Doctoral Development Framework helps doctoral candidates to plan and manage their training and development holistically as they progress through the degree.

Find out more: Doctoral Development Framework

Check in with an international student adviser
If you’re an international candidate with questions or concerns about visas or insurance, please get in touch with the International Office’s friendly International student advisers.

Access your PReSS account
All doctoral candidates are entitled to free research funding known as Postgraduate Student Support (PReSS). You can access your PReSS account details and make expenditure requests via Wahapū.

Find out more: Postgraduate Research Student Support (PReSS)


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