Doctor of Musical Arts


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.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement to apply for doctoral study is that you should have completed, or be in the process of completing, a research-focused Honours degree or Master's degree. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific entry requirements

Master of Music with distinction or merit or Bachelor of Music with Honours with first or second class honours division 1.

For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Doctor of Musical Arts or use the admission requirements checker.

Qualification structure and duration

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 Doctor of Musical Arts on the University's Regulations website.

The DMA takes between three to four years of full-time study or four to seven years part-time. Participants can begin at the beginning of any month.

How to apply

The application process normally requires an audition, interview and/or submission of previous academic work and recommendation from the School of Music.

Find out how to Apply for PhD and Doctoral degrees.

More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Doctor of Musical Arts.

For course advice either School of Music or the College of Arts:

College of Arts
University of Canterbury
History Building, Level 4
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 364 2176
Email arts@canterbury.ac.nz