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Candidate progress is monitored through a six-monthly reporting process (in March and September every year). These reports are very important as they record and formalise the channel of communication between candidates and supervisors, and so allows support and interventions where necessary.
For a glossary of terms commonly used, go to the Index of definitions page.
If a candidate is prevented from undertaking Doctoral work for a lengthy period (months rather than days) due to illness or unforeseen domestic and personal circumstances, the Doctoral Research Committee may approve a suspension of the candidate’s registration. The effect of a suspension is to ‘stop the clock’ for the candidature, thereby eliminating penalty in terms of the time requirements. Suspensions will only be approved under exceptional circumstances and for a maximum of 12 months (full-time) and 18 months (part-time) across the candidature.
Doctoral Candidates should:
Primary Supervisors should:
Heads of Academic Unit should:
If candidates cannot complete their candidature within the relevant time limit (four years full-time and six years part-time) it is possible to apply for an extension of time. Applications are considered on merit and approval is not automatic. It is important to note that extension periods beyond a total of 12 months FTE across the candidature will only be approved under exceptional circumstances.
Doctoral Candidates should:
Heads of academic unit should:
The Doctoral Research Committee (DRC) must be informed of any circumstances that affect supervision; for example, when a primary supervisor goes on extended leave. In such cases another supervisor may be approved by the DRC. A less common reason for changing supervisors is when the research direction changes radically. In many cases, though, new co-supervisors can be added to the existing supervisory team. Candidates apply for a change of supervision through the student portal. It is important that any changes be discussed with panel members beforehand.
All candidates, both domestic and international, are required to be based in New Zealand for the duration of their doctoral candidature. However, we recognise that sometimes candidates are required to do field work offshore. If this is the case, candidates are required to submit an offshore study application through the student portal. Please remember International doctoral students should not spend more than 12 months offshore across their candidacy otherwise they will be liable for international fees.
Termination and Withdrawal have quite different meanings. It is important the differences are clearly understood. Termination is used where candidate performance is unsatisfactory, or where the candidate has not made contact with their primary supervisor for a lengthy period. Termination is recorded on the academic record at Massey, and the candidate will not normally be permitted to re-register for Doctoral study at the University.
Withdrawal from the programme is voluntary and a candidate may request to withdraw from doctoral study at any time. Someone who withdraws will need to re-apply and meet the prevailing application criteria to be considered should they decide to take up study at a later date. Applications for Withdrawal are found on the student portal.
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Last updated on Wednesday 18 September 2019