Application for Doctor of Social Work Provisional Registration

All prospective candidates for the Doctor of Social Work (DSW) must apply using the Application for Doctor of Social Work Provisional Registration Form.  This application outlines the course requirements of the Doctor of Social Work, and secures the support of the School of Social Work. The application must be approved by the Head of School and the University’s Doctoral Research Committee before a place can be taken up. The application should be submitted to the Graduate Research School only after discussion with relevant academic staff members in the School of Social Work.

Prospective Candidates

Prospective candidates should:

  • Meet academic requirements
  • Demonstrate prior and successful entry level research experience
  • Have sufficient, confirmed financial resources for personal support and fees payment
  • Provide evidence of adequate competence in English, where English is not the candidate’s first language
  • Familiarise themselves with the Research Ethics guidelines
  • Expect to commit an average of 50 hours study per week for 48 weeks per year for the duration of their programme (maximum 4 years) for a full-time candidate, while part-time candidates should expect to commit 25-30 hours study per week, 48 weeks per year (maximum 6 years). For full time students casual employment not exceeding six hours per week in total does not need to be declared. Beyond this, the candidate must advise the supervisor so that agreement can be reached on how this will be managed
  • Work with their supervisory team to finalise the joint completion of the Supervision and Academic Performance Statement - Statement of Expectations and the Confirmation of Registration Requirements (Part D and F of the Application for PhD Provisional Registration). Please note candidates cannot enrol in more than an aggregate total of 30 credits of course work (this is a New Zealand Government ruling and these courses must be relevant to the PhD.  If the intention is to do a Thesis with Publication then you will need to become familiar with the guidelines

Head of School for the School of Social Work

Head of School should:

  • Confirm that a main supervisor and Massey co-supervisor are available and have appropriate capacity and capability to supervise the candidate and project within the relevant completion time-frame
  • Provide an assurance that the Massey postgraduate resource minima and adequate research facilities are available to support the research
  • Agree that the Unit is willing to host the prospective candidate as a member of its research community, and that Health and Safety and Ethical requirements will be met
  • Certify the candidate's suitability as a doctoral student

Doctoral Research Committee (DRC) or Graduate Research School Administration (GRS)

The DRC approves or declines the provisional registration of a prospective candidate based on the application. Candidates will be notified of the outcome of the application for provisional registration in writing by the GRS. The GRS will organise the enrolment for successful applicants. Once enrolled, a fees invoice will be generated and posted to the candidate.

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