Information for postgraduate research students


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Entry requirements for postgraduate study

Information on the minimum entry requirements you need to study a postgraduate qualification at AUT, the English language requirements and what to do if you are transferring from one postgraduate programme to another.


How to apply for postgraduate study

If you are thinking of enrolling in a postgraduate programme within the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, visit How to Apply for Postgraduate Study. Your enrolment process will be slightly different depending on your student status.

Academic policies and regulations for postgraduate students at AUT

There are a number of academic policies and regulations related to postgraduate students at AUT. The Academic Calendar and Postgraduate Handbook contain our academic policies and regulations. Visit this page for to view copies of them or their relevant sections.


The following documents are given out at our faculty postgraduate orientation events:

Finding a supervisor

If you are undertaking a thesis, dissertation, practice project or practice research project you will require one or more supervisors. Research for a doctoral thesis requires a minimum of two supervisors; research for a master’s thesis, dissertation, practice project or practice research project normally requires one supervisor. Refer to our brochure for details of available postgraduate supervisors.


Leading researchers

All international PhD candidates will be treated as if they are residents and pay only domestic fees if they are:
a) enrolled in a PhD programme at a New Zealand university
b) supervised by a leading researcher, and
c) resident in New Zealand for the duration of their study.

List of leading researchers in our faculty

More details about leading researchers and fees can be found in the Postgraduate Handbook.



AUT's Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences offers a number of postgraduate scholarships. The most important of these is the Doctoral Fee Scholarship. All domestic students (New Zealand citizens or permanent residents) qualified to register for the degree of PhD or DHSc at the faculty are automatically eligible for this scholarship. Please note that this scholarship is only for 36 months so for students taking the full four years to complete their PhD, other financial arrangements will need to be made for the final year.

Other students (including international students) should refer to the AUT scholarships database. This database is a comprehensive and current list of scholarships available to AUT students.


Doctoral processes

Download an outline of the faculty’s doctoral processes (Admission, Progression and Confirmation of Candidature).


Postgraduate and Research Committee submission dates

Completed, signed PGR forms and review forms are to be submitted electronically in PDF format with any required attachments, no later than 4pm on the agenda close off day (see below). Postgraduate forms can be found here

Agenda closes PGRC meeting 2019
25 January 15 February
22 February 15 March
29 March 18 April PGR8 progress reports due
26 April 17 May
31 May 21 June
28 June 19 July
26 July 16 August
30 August 20 September 45/60pt research PGR8 due
27 September 18 October PGR8 progress reports due
25 October 15 November
22 November 13 December


Guides for students doing a thesis, dissertation, practice project or practice research project

These guides cover such information as a timeline of processes for enrolment, research proposals, ethics proposal and progress reports, PGRC submission procedures, presentation options, examination checklist, graduation requirements, and resources for students.

Download the guide for your programme


Confirmation of Candidature - PGR9 Guidelines and Exemplars

The following documents are for doctoral students completing their PGR9 Confirmation of Candidature. There is a guideline to completing the form, plus qualitative and quantitative exemplars for each school.


Ethics applications

You should start to think about the ethics of your research from the outset of your project. If you are using human participants it is likely that you will need to go through an ethical review process. If you are not sure whether your study requires AUTEC approval, check the exemption criteria on the research ethics website. If you do need to seek ethics approval, go to AUT’s ethics knowledge base first The knowledge base is extensive and can guide you through the process. There are also templates for the forms you will require. Always download and use the current application form.

For advice on any part of the ethical approval process, your AUTEC representative is Dr Pani Farvid and she is happy to help, guide and advise you during the process. Pani is available Mondays and Thursdays 9am to 4pm to meet or help you with any ethics queries and is best contacted by email

Charles Grinter is AUT’s ethics advisor and he is also very happy to be contacted about any aspect of the ethical approval process. His e-mail address is

There are regular DROP IN SESSIONS across AUT where you can seek ethical advice and hand in your completed ethics application. Click here to find out more.


Statistical consulting services

The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology provides support for all quantitative research activities within the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences.

Regular BIOSTATISTICS CLINICS are held weekly for the benefit of postgraduate students and academic researchers. The purpose is to provide you with an opportunity to talk to a biostatistician about your existing or planned research project. Statistical advice will focus particularly on the study design, data management and data analysis plans. New postgraduate students planning their research projects are particularly welcome and are encouraged to attend with their supervisor.

Clinics are held either on the North Campus or at AUT Millenium. Biostatistical support is also available on the South Campus by prior arrangement.

Interested attendees are encouraged to book a time slot (usually one hour).

For clinic times or to book a place, see the Biostatistics Clinic webpage, or contact them on

Authorship guidelines

Authoring an article is exciting and rewarding and is central to the reputation of the individual and of the University. Students intending to submit a PGR1 or PGR9 to the Postgraduate and Research Committee must also submit a signed Postgraduate Research Student Authorship Statement.

Postgraduate Research Student Authorship Guidelines


Turnitin (or equivalent programmes to Turnitin)

In order to check for potential unoriginal content, improper citation, or potential plagiarism, it is compulsory (from January 2018) that theses and dissertations except those presented in Te Reo Māori, be submitted to Turnitin (or equivalent) prior to submission for examination. Students should discuss the Turnitin similarity report with the primary supervisor prior to submission. A section has been included on the PGR12 Lodgement for Examination (PGR12) form for supervisors to indicate that this has been completed.

AUT’s Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLAT) provide workshops for supervisors on understanding the similarity report through the Supervisor Workshops offered though the GRS’s Researcher Development unit; supervisors can email supervisor. to register.

Note: Turnitin is available for research submissions through the PGMe Organisation on Blackboard. It is important that students use this version rather than any other version of Turnitin available through other course organisations available to students from previous enrolments. The PGMe instance of Turnitin allows research students’ to submit their work without information being stored within the Turnitin database. If Turnitin is used from other areas in Blackboard a copy will be saved on Turnitin’s database.

Faculty postgraduate workshops

Workshop slides (PDFs) for download:

Developing your PGR1: Stuff you need to know



How to submit your thesis, dissertation or practice project for examination

A useful checklist for students preparing to submit their work for examination


Requirements for graduation

A summary checklist for students finalising a thesis, dissertation or practice project after examination in order to complete requirements for graduation.


Other online resources for postgraduate students

School postgraduate contacts

School of Science

Postgraduate Head: Dr Michael Petterson

Postgraduate Administrator: Winnie Zhu

School of Clinical Studies

Postgraduate Head: Associate Professor Matt Carroll

Postgraduate Administrator: Julie Balloch

School of Interprofessional Health Studies

Postgraduate Head: Dr Stephen Brown

Postgraduate Administrator:
Email: TBA

School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies

Postgraduate Head: Dr Julia Ioane

Postgraduate Administrator: Anni Krageloh

School of Sport and Recreation

Postgraduate Head: Dr Jennifer Nikolai

Postgraduate Administrator: Shima Behnoosh