Duration
Full-time: 3 to 4 years
Part-time: 6 to 8 years
Available locations
City
Points
120 points per year of full-time study
Programme type
Doctorate

Programme overview

You will prepare and submit a portfolio of original and varied pieces of composition. These can include orchestral work, work using vocal, keyboard or ensemble resources, music theatre or sonic work, or a combination. You will also prepare a closely linked written thesis. Your thesis will make an original contribution to the field of knowledge relating to music composition, and show an ability to articulate critical judgement and theory, while demonstrating a knowledge of the relevant literature.

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Programme structure

The University of Auckland DMus is a three to four year full-time advanced creative practice and research degree.

  • By the end of your first year, you must meet a number of goals to be confirmed into the DMus programme, including developing a full proposal for both your thesis and future compositions, and completing substantial items of composition and written work.
  • On entry to the DMus programme, you will be provisionally enrolled.
  • After confirmation, you will continue to prepare a collection of original and substantial musical works, which will include at least three significant works. You will also complete a written thesis that will address research topic(s) or provide detailed analytical commentary on the compositions submitted, and will be clearly linked to the composition component of the programme. Both the written thesis and composition portfolio will be examined.

DMus candidates can take part in our doctoral skills programme, designed to help you achieve success in your research and develop skills for your future. We have a dedicated postgraduate careers advisor, and our library service includes specialist subject librarians to help you in your research. The central School of Graduate Studies provides dedicated support and advice for the doctoral community.

Part-time enrolment is available for New Zealand students. You must submit your thesis and complete your portfolio for examination within eight years of your start date. For students undertaking a mix of full-time and part-time study, submission deadlines are calculated on a pro-rata basis.  

Visa conditions generally stipulate that international DMus students must be enrolled full-time.

Entry requirements

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Programme requirements

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.

  • Class of honours
    2nd class division i
    • Master of Music
    • Level of training and ability necessary to undertake advanced doctoral study in composition and research

Further programme requirements

Supervision and research requirements

Meeting our academic requirements does not guarantee entry.

You must demonstrate an ability to research independently, and possess a high level of theoretical understanding. Acceptance is subject to staff availability for supervision, and appropriate resources and facilities.

You must write an initial statement of research intent to demonstrate your research capability and experience.

How to apply

Check out our guide to applying for a PhD or doctorate.

Programme requirements

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.

  • Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.5
    • Masters-level qualification in music
    • Level of training and ability necessary to undertake advanced doctoral study in composition and research
  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Further programme requirements

Supervision and research requirements

Meeting our academic requirements does not guarantee entry.

You must demonstrate an ability to research independently, and possess a high level of theoretical understanding. Acceptance is subject to staff availability for supervision, and appropriate resources and facilities.

You must write an initial statement of research intent to demonstrate your research capability and experience.

All students must meet our English-language requirements as a condition of entry.  

How to apply

Check out our guide to applying for a PhD or doctorate.

How much does a Doctor of Music cost per year?

2018 fees

Domestic students
NZ$6,969.60*
International students
NZ$36,972*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2018 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 $6.78 per point, estimated at $813.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment.

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

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Key dates

Eligible candidates can enrol and start their DMus at any time of year. If you are a New Zealand student, you must enrol within 3 months of your unconditional offer. If you are an international student, you must enrol in the programme within 6 months of your unconditional offer.

As part of the application process, you need to provide an outline of your proposed research project.

Although you are not required to nominate a doctoral supervisor as part of your initial application, you can look at supervisor profiles and research projects currently available through FindaThesis, or contact the Creative Arts and Industries faculty for further advice.

Where could this programme take you?

The DMus is an opportunity for both experienced and emerging composers to undertake advanced-level research combined with creative practice in their field of composition.

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