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The Doctor of Music (DMus) involves an advanced course of study in composition. You will prepare and submit several substantial original pieces of orchestral work; opera; work using vocal, keyboard or ensemble resources; music theatre; or electronic music; or a combination of these.

Many of our students undertake two years of full-time study and then switch to studying part-time to fit with other commitments such as employment or family responsibilities.


  • High calibre teaching from a committed team of professionally active staff.
  • Numerous learning and performance opportunities with many music ensembles.
  • Meet and learn from international musicians through our extensive visiting artistes programme.
  • Exciting cross-disciplinary research and learning opportunities.

To be eligible for this programme you need to have completed a Master of Music by research (as distinct from a coursework programme) or equivalent, and have achieved to an appropriate standard. 

English language requirements 

  • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and all bands 6.0 or better
  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 plus a written score of 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 575 plus Essay (TWE) of 4.5
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and all bands 169 or better
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50. 
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85

You will also need to have the following information to hand, including some documents in electronic format ready for uploading:

  • your IELTS, TOEFL and TWE test scores if you have taken such tests within the last two years
  • relevant academic reports – GPA B+
  • two letters of academic recommendation from your previous professors
  • curriculum vitae and/or resume (optional)
  • Statement of Research Intent – you'll need to write a 1000-word summary of your intended topic of interest for doctoral study, including your reasons for choosing this topic and an explanation of what you hope to achieve during your studies at The University of Auckland

There are several types of postgraduate scholarships: 

  • University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships
  • Marsden Grant Doctoral Scholarships in Musicology
  • Beatrice Ratcliffe Postgraduate Scholarship in Music
  • John Arthur Langdon Scholarship in Music
  • Taurus Charitable Trust Postgraduate Scholarships in Music
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