Study off campus

All Doctoral students, both domestic and international, are required to be based in New Zealand for the duration of their Doctoral candidature. Massey University does not offer an extramural Doctoral programme. However, Doctoral candidates can apply to the DRC for special permission to study off shore for extended periods of time; each application will be considered on a case by case basis. Candidates should note that there may be a change to their fee status if they spend an extended period off shore (see Fees Section). Doctoral candidates must comply with the conditions below.

Located in New Zealand

Candidates planning to undertake research away from a Massey University campus within New Zealand must comply with the following:

  • Candidates located at a Research organisation (e.g. CRI, Health Board, Government department) should normally have a co-supervisor from that organisation who will provide regular support
  • Candidates who are intending to study off campus for a continuous period of three months or more should normally have a co-supervisor located either at or near to where the candidate will be undertaking the research
  • At all times candidates and supervisors should have an agreed arrangement for maintaining regular contact and providing DRC with six monthly reports in a timely manner

Located external to New Zealand

Candidates already enrolled in a Doctoral Programme

Candidates already enrolled in a Doctoral programme who wish to undertake research external to New Zealand for a continuous period of three months or more must comply with the following:

  • The candidate and their supervisor must apply separately in writing to the DRC, seeking permission for the candidate to study external to New Zealand, briefly outlining the research to be undertaken and the time required in the location(s)
  • The DRC may require candidates to have a co-supervisor located either at or nearby to where the research is being undertaken, particularly if off shore residency exceeds 12 months
  • At all times candidates and supervisors should have an agreed arrangement for maintaining regular contact and providing DRC with six monthly reports in a timely manner
  • International students should be aware of the domestic fee policy relating to residency in New Zealand (see Fees)
  • Candidates may be asked to sign a formal agreement stipulating contractual arrangements between the candidate, their supervisor(s), and the University, clarifying the responsibilities of the University and the candidate
  • Candidates should ensure that appropriate insurance for health and personal effects cover has been arranged. Supervisors and candidates should be aware of the New Zealand Accident Compensation (ACC) policy
  • If either a staff member and/or a student is injured while conducting research overseas, ACC will only cover that injury once they return to New Zealand, and only if they have been away for less than six months. Staff and students need to arrange medical insurance for any medical expenses or treatment required overseas, and to cover travel arrangements back to New Zealand if needed. Once back in New Zealand, a medical practitioner must be asked to initiate the process of making a claim through ACC for any ongoing medical expenses
  • If a staff member and/or student is not a New Zealand permanent resident (NZPR) or New Zealand citizen, ACC will not cover medical expenses for any injuries sustained while out of New Zealand

Located External to New Zealand

Candidates applying for Provisional Registration

Candidates who wish to apply for Provisional Registration for a Doctoral programme and who intend to spend three months or more (aggregate) off shore must be aware of the following:

  • Only applications from students with recent research based postgraduate qualifications in the discipline to be studied will be considered.
  • Applicants for whom English or Maori is a second language, the ability to develop and maintain skills in either language of instruction will be considered before approval is granted
  • Applicants are expected to spend some time on a Massey campus during their candidature, particularly in their provisional year and for academic presentations. The amount of time spent on campus will vary with disciplines and may be reviewed in the light of the candidate’s progress
  • Applicants are expected to be present on a Massey campus for their ‘Confirmation of Registration’ event and their oral examination
  • Applicants who are granted approval by the DRC to study off shore, will be asked to sign a formal agreement stipulating contractual arrangements between the applicant, their supervisor(s), and the University, and clarifying the responsibilities of the University and the applicant. Some of the topics the agreement will cover are:
    • Intellectual property
    • Access to equipment and communication technology
    • Provisions for pastoral care
    • Acknowledgement of the fees requirements

Applications must comply with the following:

  • The candidate and their supervisor must apply separately in writing to the DRC, seeking permission for the candidate to study external to New Zealand, outlining the research to be undertaken, the advantage to the University for the off shore study, and the proposed time to be spent off shore
  • The Head of Academic Unit is required to approve the application for off shore study by signing both the candidate and supervisor’s written request, and approving the application which can be done online.
  • The main supervisor must be a Massey staff member employed in an on-going position. The DRC may request that a co-supervisor close to where the candidate is located also be appointed
  • Applications must demonstrate as part of the ‘Statement of Expectations’ that they have access to satisfactory internet and telephone services, and must provide a detailed schedule of contact between the supervisor(s) and the candidate via email and other media
  • Candidate’s once approved, must provide regular six monthly reports, and must comment on their adherence to the formal agreement in the body of the report

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