Postgraduate events

Find out about the University's big events for postgrads, PhDs and other doctoral candidates.

Staff and students at Exposure.

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 explain their entire thesis to a general audience. Whether you join as a participant or as an audience member, you won't fail to enjoy the buzz of this epic battle against time!

Registrations for the 2019 Three Minute Thesis competition are now open! Find dates, details and resources plus links to faculty heats here: 2019 Three Minute Thesis.

Doctoral Morning Tea

The Doctoral Morning Tea (DMT) is a monthly event for doctoral candidates at the University of Auckland. You can meet and mingle with other doctoral candidates in a relaxed environment and listen to panels of interesting 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.

Find out more about the dates and topics planned for this year, here: Doctoral Morning Tea.


Exposure is an annual student-led showcase of postgraduate research. It is also a competition, usually featuring three distinct 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. You can review the results, as well as images and videos from the competition, here: Exposure 2018 winners.

Doctoral workshops with Hugh Kearns

International researcher, presenter and academic Dr Hugh Kearns joins us twice a year to present interactive doctoral workshops from his international lecture tour.

Past workshops have included:

  • How to plan your PhD
  • Presenting your research with confidence
  • Turbocharge your writing
  • The seven secrets of highly successful research students

We look forward to inviting Hugh back again in November 2019. Check back closer to the time for more details and early booking.

PGSA events

If you want to meet other postgraduates and take an active interest in how your University is run, consider joining the Postgraduate Students Association (PGSA). The PGSA represents students on a range of committes across the University and organises a range of events and outings 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 and Postgrad News: Doctoral edition are fortnightly newsletters for current postgraduates and current doctoral candidates. They keeps you up-to-date with the development opportunities, events, news, information and resources that could really make a difference to your postgrad or PhD experience.

To sign up, send us an email from your student email account and let us know your ID or level of study.