Information for postgraduate research students

Information regarding Postgraduate Research can be found on the Postgraduate Research tab in the Student Digital Workspace (SDW), such as Forms, Academic Policies, Scholarships, Turnitin, Ethics, and Seminars. 


Click on a specific topic from the list below, or scroll down the page to read all topics.


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


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.


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


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.


FHES School postgraduate contacts

School of Science

Postgraduate Head: Dr Michael Petterson

Postgraduate Administrator: Adrienne Nathan

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: Vicki Tennant

School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies

Postgraduate Head: Dr Julia Ioane

Postgraduate Administrator: Anni Krageloh

School of Sport and Recreation

Postgraduate Head: Dr Michael Naylor

Postgraduate Administrator: Jacqui Pratt