Ph.D. On Campus

Theatre Studies

University of Waikato

36 months
40420 USD/year
6920 USD/year
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The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre Studies is awarded by the University of Waikato for research carried out under the supervision of at least two staff members.


A major in Theatre Studies at University of Waikato is a rich and challenging pathway to an arts degree with a wide range of vocational applications. Explore performance, and learn about the evolution of theatre and the creation of performance works.

Career opportunities

  • Actor
  • Arts Administrator
  • Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Teacher
  • Theatre Technician

Programme Structure

  • Waikato's Theatre Studies programme takes a theory-through-practice approach to teaching and learning the art of theatre. We take the live encounter of a theatre performance as our starting point, encouraging you to explore and extend your own dramatic practice.
  • Many papers in the programme provide opportunities for the practical study of performance, while others examine the theories that have shaped and informed theatre over the ages. Two papers have public performances at their core, with the study process mirroring the creative process of page-to-stage, or idea-to-stage, that results in the performance. You'll learn about, and potentially add to, New Zealand's rich array of theatrical forms, established and traditional, and new and experimental.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Statement of Research Interest
  • A Sample of your Academic writing
  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates for qualifications held
  • Academic References
  • A copy of your passport or birth certificate

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    40420 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 40420 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    6920 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 6920 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Hamilton

1470 - 2020 NZD /month
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