Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Guide to doctoral registration process

If you're applying for doctoral study, you need to first complete an Application for Admission (AfA) online. The AfA is an online system that allows applicants to provide the kind of information (i.e. educational background, achievements, research interests) that will best assist academic staff to assess them for possible candidature and supervision.

The application for admission will ask you to upload the following documents :

The application is an online process, you will need to log in. This can be done by following the link to Apply Now

  • If you are a student or staff member at the University: use your Username and password
  • If you are new to the University of Auckland: sign up for a new account (you can do this on the login page).



Next Steps

When you have successfully submitted an online application for admission (AfA), your entry qualifications will be assessed by the admissions office for eligibility for study at the University of Auckland doctoral level.

If approved, the application is then sent to the School of Graduate Studies for review with regards to your research background and experience whereupon they will decide whether you are capable of independent research at the level required for doctoral study.

Once it is established that the application meets the criteria, the application is then sent to the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences for processing.


Other documents required to complete application

When your application is received by the Faculty, and a supervisor has accepted, you will be asked to provide the following documents to complete your application so that the approvals process can begin.

Note: Thesis proposal form must be converted to a pdf before it can be uploaded into the AFA system.

Using the template available in the link above, the preliminary thesis proposal should:

  • provide clear evidence that the project involves original research and has the potential to generate a coherent body of work of doctoral quality
  • for qualitative research, there should be a clear explanation of the issues that inform the work and the methods by which the study will be progressed and the information processed
  • for hypothetico-deductive research, the proposal should clarify the hypothesis or hypotheses to be tested and the methods by which this will be done
  • abbreviations must be defined

Letter from the main supervisor

This should detail the quality of the supervisory environment, and include concise information on the training and background, and track record of the supervisor in the proposed area of research. The same information should also be provided for each Co-Supervisor and any Advisor/s. The relative roles of the Main Supervisor, Co-Supervisor, and Advisor/s should be outlined, and the frequency with which the candidate will meet with those involved in supervision should be stated.


Approval of the Application for Admission (AfA)

Once the application is completed with the above documentation, the AfA is then ready for the approvals process.  The AfA is sent to the Head of Department for Departmental or School approval.  It is during this time that the application may undergo a further review process whereby an external person will review the thesis proposal.  You may then be required to make amendments to the proposal, after which the Department or School will then approve the application.

Faculty approval is then required from the Associate Dean (Postgraduate).  The application is automatically sent to the Associate Dean (Postgraduate) once the Head of Department or School approves it.

The Associate Dean (Postgraduate) will review the application and, if all is well, will approve it on behalf of the Faculty whereupon the AfA is sent to the Board of Graduate Studies for the final review and approval.  If all is in order, the Board of Graduate Studies will make an offer to you by email.

Contact us

Email:    fmhs@auckland.ac.nz

Phone: +64 9 923 4888