Doctor of Professional Practice 

Are you an advanced practitioner who is ready to achieve a doctoral qualification while making a significant contribution to their organisation, hapū, iwi, community or professional area?

The DPP captures emergent knowledge relevant to the candidate’s work and relevant for work contexts, integrating work-based knowledge with disciplinary knowledge to create new knowledge.

All professional doctorates share significant features: the study is focused on generating substantial original knowledge from and about practices within a professional setting and combining it with formal disciplinary knowledge. New synthesised knowledge informs the candidate, the organisation, the field of practice and the profession.

This innovative and advanced educational programme aims to enable candidates to create new knowledge for and about New Zealand’s workplaces through applied practice and research projects; thereby facilitating the development of their personal and professional practice as leaders of practice. 

Our goal is to help you design and then achieve new professional and personal learning goals, over a three year (full-time) enrolment period. These goals will be identified by you. There are no taught courses in this programme; instead it is self-directed and you will be provided with academic support staff who will work with you combining distance and face-to-face learning, supported by online resources.  

The programme will attract learners who are self-managing and highly motivated, already skilled in initiating and maximizing learning opportunities. They have well-developed higher level thinking skills; critical as well as strategic thinkers, with global as well as organizational perspectives.  They may have already investigated complex problems; they may be recognized experts in a field, as well as change agents for new and innovative practice.  They may have already demonstrated leadership and the capability to influence others. They are able to articulate their professional practice, and propose innovative change with informed ideas.