PhD Provisional Registration

All candidates for the PhD are registered provisionally in the first instance. Once candidates have accepted an offer of PhD place, they must work together with their main supervisor to complete the provisional registration process. This articulates and records the academic framework for engagement with the PhD. Complete the Application for PhD Provisional Registration and send it to the Graduate Research School, where it will be used to register you on the PhD and to enroll you as a Massey student. If the form is incomplete or inadequate, your registration and enrollment may be delayed.

PhD Candidates

Candidates should:

  • 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).  If the intention is to do a Thesis with Publication then you will need to become familiar with the guidelines.
  • Familiarise themselves with the Research EthicsIntellectual Property RightsCommercial Sensitivity, and Health and Safety 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
  • Candidates intending to submit their Doctoral thesis in Te Reo Maori, or in a combination of English and with substantial Te Reo Maori content, must indicate this intention within two months of provisional registration. Approval for this will depend on the Te Reo Maori  language skills of the candidate and the availability of appropriate supervisory support.

Main Supervisors

Main supervisors should:

  • Guide the prospective candidate through the registration process, including joint completion of the the Supervision and Academic Performance Statement (Statement of Expectations) and the confirmation of registration requirements as well as the Guidelines for Thesis with Publication where relevant.

Head of Host Academic Unit/Nominee

Heads of academic unit should:

  • Approve the main supervisor and Massey co-supervisor, ensuring they will retain appropriate capacity and capability to supervise the doctoral candidate and project within the relevant completion time-frame. If the Head of Academic Unit is the main supervisor then this approval should be the responsibility of the Head of Unit's line manager or the unit's Postgraduate Coordinator

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