Confirmation of Enrolment

At the end of 6 months full-time equivalent enrolment, all doctoral candidates who have been enrolled conditionally, apply to reach confirmed enrolment.

This is an important milestone in the doctoral programme of study, and signals the end of the conditional enrolment period. The University of Waikato retains the right to terminate an enrolment where sufficient progress has not been achieved.

When the full research proposal has been completed, candidates are required to apply for confirmed enrolment using the Application for Confirmed Enrolment form. The form, along with the full research proposal and any supporting documents, such as ethics approval, is endorsed by the Chief Supervisor, the Chairperson of Department/Head of School and the Associate Dean (Postgraduate) before being passed to the Postgraduate Research Committee for approval.

The full research plan should contain:

  • Working title
  • Outline of significance of topic (e.g. its importance for advancing knowledge in the field/discipline or regions and/or implications for methodology or understanding)
  • Literature review in a form consistent with practices of the discipline
  • Statement of the research questions or hypotheses
  • The methodologies that will be used to investigate the questions or hypotheses
  • How the data will be analysed
  • Thesis outline
  • Any resource requirements
  • Timetable for research and thesis writing, including dates when key objectives should be met
  • A statement concerning the requirement for any ethical approvals and a copy of that approval having been granted by the Faculty/School

It is the responsibility of the research supervisor(s) to advise candidates on ethical matters and to ensure that any necessary approvals are granted before the candidate embarks on their actual research.

At the confirmed enrolment presentation one of the following options will be recommended:

  1. that the candidate proceed to confirmed enrolment because satisfactory progress has been made and the candidate has demonstrated sufficient ability to proceed, or
  2. that the candidate revise and resubmit their confirmed enrolment presentation, or
  3. that the candidate withdraw from the doctoral programme due to an identified lack of ability, or
  4. that the candidate transfer to the MPhil, MEd or LLM degree as appropriate.

For candidates who first enrolled on or after 1 August 2017, if a full research proposal has not been submitted and approved within the first 9 months of full-time equivalent enrolment, then the candidate's enrolment in doctoral study will be terminated.

MPhil candidates do not have a period of conditional enrolment as their initial research proposal, which must include an ethics statement, forms the basis for approval to enrol in an MPhil degree.

EdD and SJD candidate's approval to enrol in Part 2 of the qualification (the thesis component) is dependent on:

  • Satisfactory completion of the coursework for Part 1;
  • Evidence of suitable professional skills;
  • Submission of an acceptable full research proposal which must include ethical approval, if required.

Related documents

All candidates applying for confirmed enrolment in a PhD or DMA or Part 2 of the EdD or SJD programme need to complete an Application for Confirmed Enrolment form.  

Application for Confirmed Enrolment 

Guide to Preparing a Full Research Proposal for Confirmed Enrolment

Confirmed Enrolment Presentation Guidelines