Doctoral examinations

Learn about the doctoral examination process and what’s needed to graduate.

Minimum registration

A doctoral degree represents at least 3 years of full-time study at an advanced level. You must have been registered (i.e., not on suspension) for a minimum of 36 months full-time (or equivalent) before your thesis can be submitted for examination.

Submission deadlines

If you are not ready to submit your thesis within 4 years full-time (or equivalent) you must apply for an extension of time.

Where to submit

Please make an appointment with the Examinations Team to submit your thesis by emailing The examinations team are based at the Wellington Faculty of Graduate Research Office, Room 201, 10 Kelburn Parade, from 9 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday. You should allow 20 minutes to complete the submission process.

If you cannot submit in person, you may ask someone to submit on your behalf. Please email the Examinations Team for more details.

Senior Doctoral Examinations Administrator
Wellington Faculty of Graduate Research

Submitting your thesis

Find out how to submit your doctoral thesis for examination.

After submission

Find out about the doctoral examination process.

The oral defence

Find out about the process and format of the oral exam.

After the oral

Find out what happens after you’ve defended your thesis.


Find out about graduation eligibility and how to apply.