Regulations - Interfaculty Programmes

The Degree of Master of Philosophy – MPhil

The regulations for this degree are to be read in conjunction with all other relevant statutes and regulations, including the Academic Statutes and Regulations but excluding the General Regulations – Masters Degrees.


1 In order to be admitted to this programme, a student needs to have:

a approval from the Dean of Graduate Studies


b (i) been enrolled in a Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Clinical Psychology for at least 12 months


(ii) completed the research requirements for a Doctor of Education


c been recommended for admission by their Head of Department and faculty Dean or nominee.

Duration and Total Points Value

2 A student enrolled for this degree must:

a pass courses with a total points value of 120 points


b submit their thesis within six months. An extension of six months may be granted at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Structure and Content

3 Of the 120 points required for this degree a student must complete a 120 point MPhil Thesis in the appropriate subject.


4 The thesis is to be carried out under the guidance of a supervisor appointed by Senate or its representative. The thesis topic must be approved by the relevant Head of Department before enrolment.


5 For students admitted to this degree examiners appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies will recommend that:


a the degree be awarded


b the degree not be awarded.

Copies for Deposit

6 A student admitted to this degree must correct their thesis, if required, to the satisfaction of the Head of Department and deposit one hard-bound copy of the thesis with the Graduate Centre and a digital copy within three months of admission to this degree.

7 One hard-bound copy and a digital copy of the thesis must be deposited in the University of Auckland Library before the degree can be conferred.


8 The thesis for this degree is not graded and this degree may not be awarded with Honours.


9 In exceptional circumstances Senate or its representative may approve a personal programme which does not conform to these regulations.


10 These regulations and/or schedule have been amended with effect from 1 January 2016.