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Do I have to apply for a programme?
You have to be admitted to a programme to enrol in a course. If you're not sure
that you want to complete a whole programme, or you just want to complete one
course, then you could enrol in a course as a certificate of proficiency (COP).
Any course offered by the faculty can be taken as a COP, although you cannot
later reassign them to a masters programme. However, even if you want to enrol
in a COP you still need to apply for admission.
What is a full-time programme?
Courses are measured in points and full-time students usually enrol in 120
points a year (although a course load of 100 points per year or 50 points per
semester is defined as full-time). Postgraduate courses are usually 15 points,
although there are some courses that are 30, 60, 90 or 120 points.
What is the time commitment?
For a 15 point course you should expect to study for 10 hours on average per
week, including contact time for lectures.
A number of courses and programmes are also offered through
I'm a returning student - what do I do?
If you are returning to complete more courses on the same programme then you do
not need to apply for admission again. To find out how to enrol in your courses,
go to Step 4:
If you have completed a programme and want to continue studying towards another
programme then you can apply to change programme through Student Services Online. You will then
become an applicant for the new programme.
I want to start a doctorate - what do I do?
If you are interested in doctoral study (PhD or DPharm) then you should
initially contact the doctoral adviser from the school or department that you
would like to study in, and give them an outline of your academic record and
intended area of research. They will then be able to advise you if the school
can provide the necessary level of supervision and resources.
Find out about
Applying for a doctorate, and doctoral
I have submitted an online expression of interest/pre-selection form for a
subject area. Do I need to do anything else?
Yes. Even though you may have submitted an expression of interest or
pre-selection form for a subject, you still need to apply formally for admission
to a programme at The University of Auckland. You will also need to supply any
documents the University requests to enable us to assess your eligibility for
entrance to the University.
Why do I need to send in documents to support my application?
The University of Auckland has certain legal obligations that it must fulfil
including the need to verify your name, date of birth and citizenship. If you
have completed tertiary study elsewhere, the University will also need to assess
that study before you can be offered admission so you should submit an academic
transcript (see below). The academic transcript will be used to confirm that you
meet the entry requirements for our postgraduate programmes.
Although in some cases you may already have met similar requirements to become
registered with a professional association, evidence of your registration is not
sufficient to allow you to gain entry to The University of Auckland. You must
still supply the required documents to gain admission to our programmes.
The requirement for documents is not designed to make the admission process
difficult, but delays in processing your application can occur if you do not
provide the correct documents promptly. If you have any questions about the need
to supply documents, or if you are having difficulty supplying the necessary
documents, please contact the administrator for the programme, or the faculty's
Postgraduate Office as soon as possible.
What is an academic transcript?
An academic transcript is a formal document issued by an institution that lists
the courses undertaken by a student at that institution, the grades attained in
those courses, and the date and title of any qualifications conferred. Some
people will not be able to get an academic transcript because they completed
their professional qualification somewhere other than a tertiary institution. If
you think you fall into this category, please contact us as soon as possible to
discuss what you should supply instead. If you have completed your study at the
University of Auckland, you can request an electronic copy of your academic
Find out how to request an official transcript of your academic record.
What is the application criteria?
Entry requirements for postgraduate programmes vary from programme to programme,
although applicants applying for postgraduate study with the faculty must
normally have either a recognised tertiary level qualification in their area of
study or a recognised professional qualification and work experience. Some
programmes also require the student to be currently registered with a
Information on entry requirements for specific programmes can be found in the
information about that programme. The specific regulations surrounding entry to
and completion of programmes can also be found in
The University of Auckland Calendar.