Induction for new students

Learn about the mandatory induction programmes for PhD students at Victoria University of Wellington.

Doctoral induction

All PhD students at Victoria University of Wellington must attend the Faculty full-day Induction programme which runs at various times of the year.

Doctoral study is unlike anything else you have embarked on before. In our induction you will be introduced to the key elements of doctoral study. You will find out about the challenges and rewards, and pick up useful tips and strategies. You will also have the opportunity to meet other new doctoral students from a range of disciplines.

International doctoral students must also attend the separate orientation programme provided by Wellington University International. International students need to register separately for both events—on enrolment you will be sent a link to register for the International orientation.

Induction sessions

We offer four induction sessions each year. Please note that you must be enrolled in your PhD at the time you attend Induction. Ideally you will attend an Induction session during the first 6 months of your doctoral candidature.

For those enrolling in a professional doctorate (DMA, EdD, DHlth, DMid and DNurs) it is advisable that you attend Induction after you have competed your coursework and are starting Part 2 of your doctorate.

The Induction dates for next year are below: