Bachelor of Dance Studies (Honours)

The University of Auckland

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Program Overview

Programme overview
Following on from a Bachelor of Dance Studies, the BDanceSt(Hons) combines taught coursework and independent study, culminating in the completion of a final dissertation.

You will develop your research awareness and skills by applying theory and practice within individual and group research projects. Your thinking and action will be honed for deeper and richer research that may take you into an academic career. You will benefit from participating in a range of international and local networking opportunities within diverse dance communities.


AucklandNew Zealand

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

NZ$ 46,752


IELTS: 6.5

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Programme structure
Combined with self-directed study, you will continue to investigate dance education, cultural diversity, wellness and dance and choreographic practice with world-leading academic supervisors. You’ll explore issues, philosophies and practices in dance in depth, and be introduced to the diverse methods and ethics of academic research. Your personal research direction will be guided and supported as you review relevant literature and produce your 10,000–12,000 word dissertation.


Core courses: 90 points
Elective courses: 30 points

Minimum programme requirements
Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

Taught 120 points
You must have completed an undergraduate degree in dance at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0 or higher in your final year of study.


You must also submit a CV covering previous dance education, experience, and practice/employment.

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $8.16 per point, estimated at $979.20 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.


Domestic students
NZ$8,947.20 – $9,728.40*

International students

Where could this programme take you?

On top of the career pathways available following your undergraduate degree, postgraduate study boosts your potential to build a career in academia and research, contributing to influential projects in dance and the wider arts community.


Jobs related to this programme


  • Academic
  • Arts administrator/manager
  • Community dance practitioner
  • Cultural adviser
  • Dance teacher – secondary school specialist
  • Professional choreographer
  • Professional dancer
  • Researcher


Further study options


  • Master of Dance Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Creative practice
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