Support for PhD students

Research and career development

Waikato Management School has a dedicated Research and Postgraduate Manager, Amanda Sircombe, whose role includes providing assistance to PhD students.

Please email [email protected] or phone 07 838 4376.

We provide all students with office space and computer access within Waikato Management School. Doctoral students have access to all computer and database resources, including the major databases such as Science Direct and Scopus.

Our PhD students also have the option to earn money and enhance their curriculum vitae (CV) by working as graduate assistants and taking occasional lectures and seminars, to a maximum of 6 hours per week over two semesters.

It is expected they will give conference papers, and financial help is available to support this.

Once registered, PhD students are able to apply for various University of Waikato scholarships, while help is also given to seek awards external to the University.

Social support

We recognise that undertaking doctoral studies through research can be a lonely process at times; especially if your friends and family are living far away. We try to provide our PhD students with the support of a strong social network through the WMS Doctoral Network, which has both an academic and social side.

Regular but informal sessions are held for students to discuss research methods, share tips on developing presentation and interview skills, and discuss other research-related issues.

A social programme has also been developed for PhD students to explore local attractions together and have some fun.

Postgraduate Students’ Association

The Postgraduate Students’ Association (PGSA) works to foster a strong postgraduate culture on campus. The association holds a number of events during the year to help support students, including writing for theses, postgraduate presentations, hosting guest speakers, and social events.

Support for Maori PhD students

MAI (Māori and Indigenous) ki Waikato is a University of Waikato doctoral network that runs an annual programme of meetings and workshops for Māori and Indigenous PhD students who are enrolled or interested in enrolling in a doctoral programme.

Register online if you'd like to join the Mai ki Waikato doctoral network.