Doctoral study in the Dance Studies Programme

The University’s Dance Studies Programme is New Zealand’s leading centre for postgraduate research in dance, becoming internationally recognised for its research in teaching and learning, choreographic practice and dance ethnography.

Types of doctoral study

In the Dance Studies programme, you are able to choose one of two ways to complete your doctoral study, depending on your research preferences.

1. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The traditional PhD thesis is a formal piece of advanced research, with a final examined thesis of up to 100,000 words. Your thesis serves as a contribution to the field of dance research on both a local and international level. To find out more about the programme structure, entry requirements and start dates, visit Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

2. PhD with a creative practice component

You can also consider completing your PhD with a creative practice component. This allows you to submit a creative work and a written component as examinable work. There are some specific guidelines around the admission requirements and timing of the examination for creative works. To find out more about this option, visit PhD with a creative practice component.

Doctoral supervisors

We understand that supervisor quality and a strong candidate-supervisor relationship are very important when you decide where to undertake your doctoral study.

Our staff are internationally recognised researchers, educators, performers and choreographers. 

Statement of Research Intent

As part of your application, you need to submit the Dance Studies Statement of Research Intent as well as the University of Auckland Statement. If you intend to undertake the PhD with creative practice component, you need to submit that document instead of the Dance Studies Statement of Research Intent.

Postgraduate Adviser

We encourage contacting our Postgraduate Adviser before you submit your Application for Admission (AfA) for more specific information and advice about doctoral study in our Dance Studies programme.

Postgraduate Adviser

Sarah Foster-Sproull
Phone: +64 9 923 1154

Contact us

You may need to contact our Student Centre or the School of Graduate Studies at different points of your planning and application process.

Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre
Level 2, Building 421
(Architecture and Planning Building)
26 Symonds St

School of Graduate Studies

Contact School of Graduate Studies