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What will I learn?

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded by the University for research carried out under the supervision of at least two staff members. A PhD can also be presented as a PhD with Publication or a PhD with a Creative Practice Component. The research, which must be the candidate's own work, is written up as a thesis, and may include papers published or intended to be published. The thesis is required to present the case for the research, outline the research undertaken and the findings and conclusions of that research. There is no course work for this degree.

If music is your passion, then Waikato has a programme of study to suit. We teach Western Classical Music – from Baroque to contemporary, through performance, composition and musical scholarship. If you're inclined to the modern, we offer papers in sonic art and new technologies.

Our staff are highly qualified professionals, active nationally and internationally as composers, performers and musicologists. Music is their passion too, and our common aim is to help you develop the technique and understanding you'll need to reach your full musical potential.

Waikato's Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts will be your stage throughout your studies. Situated on the Hamilton campus, the academy is an award-winning performing arts venue.

Career Opportunities

  • Advertiser
  • Broadcaster
  • Composer
  • Digital Media Producer
  • Film Music Composer or Producer
  • Performer
  • Recording Artist

Start Date: The first day of any month from February to November

Which department am I in?

School of Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$39,245.00 (US$ 26,235) per year
New international students may be eligible to pay domestic New Zealand annual tuition fees: NZ $6,845

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

Start date

October 2020, November 2020

Venue

Hamilton Campus

Gate 1, Knighton Road,

HAMILTON,

Hillcrest,

3216, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from New Zealand

Applicants must have a bachelors with honours or masters degree with a research component of at least 30 points and have achieved at least Second Class Honours (First Division) or Distinction.

For international students

A bachelors with honours or masters degree with a research component of at least 30 points and have achieved at least Second Class Honours (First Division) or Distinction.

You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows: IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in any band); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Waikato Pathways - successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme.

Note: Application closing dates will be 31st January, 31st May and 30th September.

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

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About this uni

More than 90% of students are highly satisfied with the student experience at the University of Waikato.

  • Ranks #1 in New Zealand for research impact & quality
  • Offers students cutting-edge facilities
  • Has over 60 student clubs to choose from
  • Based in NZ, the 2nd most peaceful country in the world