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The doctoral degree is the highest degree awarded at Massey University. It is a very demanding degree and the entry criteria to a programme reflect this.
The PhD application process to a doctoral study programme consists of two stages:
If your admission application is successful you will receive an Offer of Place. For international students you must accept this offer and then pay your fees. You will then receive a receipt of payment from the Graduate Research School which you can then use to apply for a visa. Your offer is valid for one year by which time you must be on campus and ready to enrol. Domestic students should pay their fees on enrolment.
You can apply for admission to a doctoral study programme anytime during the year. You will first need to apply for a Massey University student ID and password. You will also need to identify two referees and provide their details in your application. These should be referees that know you in a professional capacity and at least one should be a supervisor for the research component of your most recent qualification (honours/masters). We do not accept personal friends as referees. Please contact them in advance of submitting your application and follow up with them to ensure they have received the request.
Check that you meet all the entry criteria before submitting an application as we will decline applications that don't meet the requirements listed below:
You must have:
English Language Requirements:
Following the admission screening stage, we may request verified copies of the following documents:
Please make sure you have all of these ready as it will speed up the application process. You will need to supply the original documents when you arrive.
Once you submit the completed online admission form, a three step process needs to be completed:
If your application is successful we issue an Offer of PhD Place. You must accept the offer and pay your fees before you can start the enrolment stage.
Please allow four to six weeks for this process. However it will be significantly delayed if not all documents are provided if requested.
Once you have accepted the Offer of PhD Place and paid your fees, you are ready to start the enrolment stage.
You need to be on campus to start your enrolment.
Make sure you bring the original documents needed for admission as outlined in your Offer of a PhD Place. You will need to take these documents to either the:
International students will also need to show their New Zealand study visa to ISS staff who will also complete a university induction for you.
The provisional registration application form is the final part of the enrolment stage. When this is complete you will have access to all campus facilities and services.
You need to complete the form with your supervisor(s). This involves a discussion with your supervisor(s) around the first year's requirements.
The form will document those requirements and expectations. You need to sign the form, as well as your main supervisor and the Head of your academic unit or delegate.
You submit the completed form to the Graduate Research School. They will notify you by email to confirm the enrolment stage is complete. This can take five working days but is usually completed sooner. An incomplete form will take longer to process.
Application for Admission and Provisional Registration as a DClinPsych Candidate
Doctor of Clinical Psychology
Application for Doctor of Social Work
Doctor of Social Work
You will receive the induction checklist as part of the admission stage. Please make sure you have read this and that you go through the list when you arrive on campus.
If you have misplaced the induction checklist, you can download a copy from the link below.
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Last updated on Tuesday 27 June 2017
Before you start your application, please ensure you meet the minimum entry criteria and understand the costs associated with study, then make sure you have:
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