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

Programme overview

Throughout the three years of study, you will focus on the production and presentation of exceptional performances that are firmly grounded in research. You will also prepare a supporting analysis of texts on a subject closely related to your performance specialisation. Your thesis will make an original contribution to the field of knowledge relating to music performance, and show an ability to articulate critical judgement and performance theory, while demonstrating a knowledge of the literature relevant to the history and performing practice of the music contained in your examinable programmes.

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Programme structure

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

  • During the DMA programme you will undertake a three-part programme of academic and practical research in performance, repertoire and pedagogy in your instrument or performance medium, and present a total of five public recitals.
  • By the end of your first year, you must meet a number of goals to be confirmed into the DMA programme, including developing a full proposal for both your thesis and future recitals, and completing at least one public recital.
  • On entry to the DMA programme, you will be provisionally enrolled.
  • After confirmation, you will continue to work on your research and perform recital(s) before submitting your thesis and completing your Final Recital after three years.
  • Alongside your performance work, you will write a thesis that makes an original contribution to the field of knowledge relating to your music performance, and shows your ability to articulate critical judgement and performance theory, while demonstrating a knowledge of the literature relevant to the history and performing practice of the music contained in your examinable programmes.

DMA 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, in which case provisional enrolment lasts for 24 months, and you must submit your thesis and complete your final recital for examination 6 years after your start date. For students who have undertaken a mix of part-time and full-time study, submission deadlines are calculated on a pro-rata basis.

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

Entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

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 performance 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 performance 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 Musical Arts 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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Cost of living

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Key dates

Eligible candidates can enrol and start their DMA 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.

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.

School of Music staff are internationally renowned composers, musicologists, performers, scholars and educators who have made significant contributions to national and international music endeavours.

Take the time to browse the profiles and research interests of our available doctoral supervisors here.

Where could this programme take you?

Advanced performance practice and instrumental studies ensure that as a graduate, you can perform and teach at an internationally recognised level.

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