After your doctoral enrolment

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

About your enrolment

Your enrolment lasts for 12 months from your start date. If you made changes to your enrolment during your appointment, an updated version will be made available to you after your appointment.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees are calculated upon enrolment and are due within one month of your start date. You won't receive a tuition fee statement by email or in the post. Instead, you can view your fees on Student Services Online.

Domestic fees for international candidates and NZ permanent residents

International candidates and NZ permanent residents can spend a maximum of 12 months outside the country over the course of the PhD programme to remain eligible to pay domestic fees. If this 12-month period is exceeded then full international fees will apply.

Find out more: PhD - Domestic tuition fees policy and procedure.

What to do once you've enrolled

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

Get your researcher profile up-to-date
Make it easy for people to connect with you by updating your details in the University Directory. Just follow the link below and then click the ‘Edit your profile’ link in the top right corner. You should also update your research-related details in Wahapū, for example your ORCID ID.

Find out more: University Directory

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) or 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

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)

How leave affects your registration

There are three types of leave and they affect your registration in different ways.

Off-campus research (absence)
If you need to be away from the University for research purposes, for example if you need to conduct fieldwork, you can make an off-campus request via Wahapū (or a DOC6 if 2016 PhD Statute or other). Your registration continues as normal throughout your approved off-campus period.

If extenuating circumstances arise during your studies, you may wish to apply for a suspension. When you take this type of leave, your enrolment and supervision is placed on hold throughout your approved suspension period. You make a suspension request via Wahapū (or a DOC6 if 2016 PhD Statute or older)

Holiday leave
You are entitled to take up to five weeks of holiday per year, known as annual leave. When you take this type of leave, your candidature continues throughout your approved holiday period. Remember to discuss the dates with your supervisory team before you take the holiday. You do not need to record this in Wahapū.

Useful links

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