What will I learn?

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.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$36,500.00 (US$ 24,148) per year
Fees per 120 points

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

January 2021, February 2021, March 2021, April 2021, May 2021, June 2021, July 2021, August 2021, September 2021, October 2021, November 2021, December 2021


University of Canterbury

Warehouse, 20 Kirkwood Ave,



Upper Riccarton,

8041, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

Students require 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).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

University of Canterbury’s alumni include popular personalities such as Karl Popper, one of the greatest twentieth-century science philosophers.

  • Ranked among the world’s top 250
  • Among the top 1% cent of universities worldwide
  • 5-Star QS rating for its excellent research & teaching methods
  • Based in Christchurch - New Zealand’s most affordable city