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    Application Deadline
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University rank #83 (QS) Auckland, New Zealand
The Doctor of Music at University of Auckland is an advanced composition and research programme, assessed through a portfolio of varied compositions, and a written thesis.
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During the Doctor of Music at University of Auckland 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 DMus is an opportunity for both experienced and emerging composers to undertake advanced-level research combined with creative practice in their field of composition.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description
      • Full-time: 3 to 4 years
      • Part-time: 6 to 8 years
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • 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.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26544 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    4413 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4413 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • National: NZ$7,108.80
  • International: NZ$42,754.80

Living costs for Auckland

  • 1400 - 2200 NZD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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