Doctoral student FAQs

How do I go about re-enrolling each year?

 The Graduate Research School will re-enrol you into your programme and you will be sent an Enrolment Offer of Place which you will need to accept to confirm your place in the new academic year. If you are enrolled in a named doctorate degree (DClinPsych, EdD) and are completing coursework, you will also be required to accept a Student Declaration for each academic year. The Graduate Research School will email you if this applies to you. When your re-enrolment is processed this will generate the fees due for the year, but they won’t be due for payment until the anniversary of your start date.

How do I change my thesis topic from the one I put on my application?

If the change in thesis topic is fine tuning of the name it can be noted on the six monthly report that the topic has changed. However if the change is more substantial requiring a change of supervision panel, and/or academic unit the candidate should withdraw from the programme and re-enrol into a new candidature. This is particularly so if data collected for the original topic cannot be used in the new thesis.

 

What is the difference between extension and suspension?

 A suspension applies when the candidate will not carry out any work on their doctoral study. Access to the library and supervision is stopped and the clock is stopped in terms of expected submission date. A compensatory extension applies when a candidate has been working on their study however due to no fault of their own progress has been impeded. This can include difficulty accessing laboratory equipment, family issues and ill health. An extension applies if a candidate needs extra time in which to complete their thesis. Extensions incur additional fees

 

What if I find out I don't want to continue doctoral study after I have started?

 You can withdraw from your doctoral studies at any time. Please complete a Notification of Withdrawal form and forward it to the Graduate Research School once your Supervisor and Head of Academic Unit have signed it off. Please refer to the Doctoral Web-book for the regulations around eligibility for reversal of tuition fees.

  

How do I deal with supervision problems?

In the first instance you should make an appointment with your supervisor and discuss any issues one-on-one. If this does not work or you feel unable to do this you should see the Postgraduate Co-ordinator for your School/Department/Institute. Alternatively, contact the Head of department. If this does not help, please contact the Graduate Research School.

  

Where can I get statistical consultation above and beyond my supervisor's knowledge?

Statistical consultancy is available from the Institute of Fundamental Sciences on the Palmerston North campus or the Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences on the Albany campus.

What constitutes a Thesis by Publication?

Please read the web book guidelines for further details.

 

How many copies of my thesis do I have to submit?

For examination you need to submit two bound copies, these should be either spiral bound or hot melt bound (not hard bound) and an unsecured PDF digital copy in a single file emailed to doctoral.office@massey.ac.nz.  If you are unable to save your thesis to a single PDF file, or there are any supplementary materials that are unable to be saved in a single PDF file, you should submit four soft bound copies.  If you are unsure, please contact us at doctoral.office@massey.ac.nz for clarification.  Examiners will be provided with the PDF copy of your thesis and sent a hardcopy only if requested.  Should further hard copies of your thesis be required by the Graduate Research School will either contact you to provide them, or print the PDF copy as submitted.

  

When can I call myself "Dr"?

 Officially you can only call yourself "Dr" when the degree has been conferred by the Massey Council, either in a council meeting or at a graduation ceremony.

  

How do I get my certificate? How do I graduate?

 You need to apply to graduate which you can do online. Please contact 0800 Massey (0800 627 739), email contact@massey.ac.nz or drop into your Massey campus Contact Centre for further information, or to request an application form.

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