Postgraduate entry

To apply and enrol for postgraduate study you must follow certain procedures.


Before you enrol, select an admission type to the University based on your previous qualifications and results.


Students can apply online for most postgraduate or graduate programmes—you may need to enrol using paper forms for some Master’s programmes.

Certificates and diplomas

Victoria University of Wellington offers both postgraduate and graduate options. Check out the entry requirements and deadlines for postgraduate certificates and diplomas and graduate certificates and diplomas before applying.

Read about the special application procedure for the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.


Entry to an Honours programme requires a good Bachelor’s degree in the same discipline. However, all applications are considered individually and recognition can be given to appropriate academic and relevant work experience.

Application dates may vary, check the Honours programme information before applying.

Master’s programmes

Master’s by coursework

Entry into Master’s by coursework is based on excellent academic performance in your undergraduate degree or relevant prerequisite qualifications.

Applications for Master’s by coursework are generally due on either 10 December or 10 January, although some exceptions apply.

Master’s by research

Master’s by research students will complete their application through the relevant school or faculty office. It is a good idea to discuss your proposed topic and supervision requirements before starting the application process.

You will be advised on what process you need to follow to enrol, as some enrolments can be completed online and others use enrolment forms.

Find out what Master’s programmes are available and what you need to do to prepare and apply.


There are three application rounds a year for admission as a PhD student, combined with Victoria University of Wellington scholarship applications. The deadlines are 1 March, 1 July and 1 November.

Some exceptions apply so check with the Wellington Faculty of Graduate Research or with the relevant Faculty or School. It is important to read all the programme information before applying online.

View the PhD programme information, then apply online.