Postgraduate events

Get involved in an exciting range of cross-faculty opportunities and events for postgraduate students.

Hugh Kearns delivering a lecture.

ThinkWell workshops

This December, we present two unmissable workshops from Thinkwell's Hugh Kearns. The internationally-renowned speaker, educator and researcher will facilitate two large-scale workshops specifically for University of Auckland doctoral candidates.

These workshops - The seven secrets of highly effective research students and Turbocharge your writing - will help you get to grips with tools, techniques and strategies for working more effectively - and with less stress - towards your doctorate.

We offer these workshops are completely free of charge for all current research students. Booking is essential.

Find out more and secure your ticket via the button below.


Exposure is a student-led showcase of postgraduate research, and a competition that usually runs in three categories: oral presentation, poster and the special session for creative performances. Exposure is a key date on the postgraduate calendar and celebrates academic and artistic excellence and student ingenuity.  

Exposure 2018 took place 1-4 October. Find out the results here: Exposure 2018 winners

Three Minute Thesis Competition

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a dynamic research communication competition run in universities worldwide. Partipants have just 180 seconds and a single, static Powerpoint slide to encapsulate their entire thesis. Whether you join as a participant or as an audience member, you won't fail to enjoy the buzz of this fun and vibrant event.

The 2018 Three Minute Thesis Final took place on Thursday 9 August. Find out what happened here: 2018 winners.

Doctoral Morning Tea

The Doctoral Morning Tea (DMT) is a monthly event for all doctoral candidates at the University of Auckland. It allows you to meet and mingle with other doctoral candidates in a relaxed environment, keep up-to-date with what’s happening and listen to informative guest speakers present on topics relevant to doctoral life.

The DMT is normally held on the third Thursday of every month from February to November, depending on speaker availability.

Previous 2018 topics:

  • Careers in academia 
  • Health and wellbeing during the PhD 
  • Managing the relationship with your supervisor 
  • Managing the doctoral journey 

Find out about the next Doctoral Morning Tea by signing up to Postgrad News (see below) or checking out the PGSA Facebook page.

PGSA events

The Postgraduate Students Association (PGSA) regularly organises events exclusively for postgrad students. From wellness trips to the annual Waiheke weekend, there's a lot to get involved in.

For the latest events and information, check the PGSA Facebook page.

Postgraduate Orientation

Postgraduate orientation is over, but we're still here to point you in the right direction when you need help.

Find out where to go and who to talk to when you need support or advice in this handy downloadable guide.

Stay informed with Postgrad News

Postgrad News is a fortnightly e-newsletter for all current postgraduate students. It keeps you up-to-date with the the development opportunities, events, news, information and resources that could really make a difference to your postgraduate experience.

Sign up today to make sure you're not missing out! Just drop us an email via the button below and be sure to provide your University email of Auckland email address (e.g.