The transition from provisional admission to full registration (confirmation of candidature) occurs after twelve months for full-time candidates (or 18 months for part-time) and is done by submitting a full research proposal on Form PGR9 'Confirmation of candidature'.
To access the form mentioned above, see postgraduate forms.
Candidates for a professional doctorate will normally submit a full research proposal when nearing the end of the coursework component.
Normally the main data collection should not commence prior to confirmation. It is incumbent on the candidate and supervisors to ensure that any requirements for ethical approval are met prior to the commencement of the data gathering, if applicable.
All candidates are required to present their PGR9 at one of the faculty seminars, prior to submitting to the University Postgraduate Board for consideration.
All doctoral candidates who have had their candidature confirmed will be eligible to hold an AUT business card. This will be facilitated by the University Postgraduate Centre.
For more information regarding ethics approval, visit the Ethics Knowledge Base.
Note: the content provided is a summary only. A full description of guidelines and processes can be found in the AUT University Postgraduate Handbook.