Doctoral study in the Dance Studies Programme

Kate Riegle-Van West, PhD candidate, Poi and Tai Chi clinical trials, 2017

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.

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.
You can find out more about the University’s PhD programme here.

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

Doctoral supervisors

We understand that decisions about where to undertake doctoral study are often based on the calibre of the supervisors and the quality of the candidate-supervisor relationship. Our staff are internationally recognised researchers, educators, performers and choreographers. Take the time to browse the profiles and research interests of our available doctoral supervisors here.

Statement of Research Intent

As part of your application, you'll need to submit the specific Dance Studies Statement of Research Intent as well as the University of Auckland Statement. If you intend to undertake the PhD with creative practice componenet, you'll 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:
Dr Rosemary Martin
Phone: +64 9 923 8344

Additional information

The following links may be relevant to you as you consider your doctoral study:

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
Open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

School of Graduate Studies
Graduate Centre, East Wing, ClockTower
22 Princes Street