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