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Doctor of Musical Arts

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Level of Study

Doctoral Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Canterbury


The DMA is aimed at those wishing to undertake advanced research in music composition or performance. It involves scholarly research in the form of a supervised research thesis and performance practice (such as a public music performance or the presentation of compositions).

Students make a significant contribution both intellectually and in practice to either the interpretative and/or technical practice of musical performance, or the technical and creative practice of musical composition.

The degree involves a combination of written and practical work (in composition or performance). For information on requirements for each of these disciplines, see the Regulations for the Doctor of Musical Arts.

Participants can start at the first day of any month.

Entry criteria

The DMA requires a Master of Music with Distinction or Merit, or a Bachelor of Music with Honours with First or Second Class Honours (Division I).

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

This qualification can be started in first day of any month (December and January starts are not recommended).

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