PhD including Scholarly Creative Work

Doctoral study that combines practice and theory.

A PhD including Scholarly Creative Work recognises a creative arts or design output as a contribution towards advancing knowledge in a particular field. Integrated alongside a thesis of up to 60,000 words, you can present an exhibition, design or performance as examinable work towards your qualification. Creative components can be presented as part of your printed thesis, as a digital recording or as a live performance or exhibition.

The PhD including Scholarly Creative Work shares the same regulations as the University of Auckland PhD, with some guidelines specific to admission requirements and the timing of the examination of the creative work. When applying, you outline your intention to undertake a PhD including Scholarly Creative Work. Within the Statement of Research Intent, it is important to give a brief description of the expected creative outputs of the research, and an indication of how the theoretical and practical components will be related throughout the research process and in the final presentation.

This form of doctoral study is available in:

  • Architecture
  • Dance studies
  • Design
  • Fine arts
  • Music
  • Urban design
  • Urban planning

Student experience - PhD including Scholarly Creative Work

Through her doctoral thesis, Dr Vivian Medina materialised her dream of combining her two greatest passions: dance and applied yogic science. Vivian’s thesis earned a place on the prestigious Dean’s List in 2023. Vivian shares her doctoral journey in the video above. You can also read her story.

Application, regulations and guidance

Before you make a formal doctoral application, you should consult with the postgraduate adviser for the discipline you are interested in. See Help and advice.

All PhD students must be approved by the relevant department and faculty, as well as the School for Graduate Studies. This is to ascertain your suitability for doctoral study by assessing your current level of training or experience in your selected field.

You may also like to review the University's formal procedures for the PhD including Scholarly Creative Work for further understanding of the requirements of this form of study:

PhD including Scholarly Creative Work

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