Doctoral study in the School of Music

Doctoral study in the School of Music

At the School of Music, we provide a dynamic environment for study and investigation into a wide range of musical disciplines, including performance, composition, musicology, music education, popular music and jazz. Our range of doctoral programmes prepare candidates to research, perform, compose and/or teach at an internationally recognised level. 

Types of doctoral study

The School of Music offers four ways to complete your doctoral study, depending on your research preferences.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The traditional PhD thesis is a formal piece of advanced research, with a final examined thesis of up to 100,000 words. Your thesis serves as a contribution to the field of music research on both a local and international level.
You can find out more about the University’s PhD programme here.

You may also like to consider completing your PhD with a creative practice component. This allows you to submit a portfolio of compositions, a performance or teaching portfolio as examinable work. There are some specific guidelines around the admission requirements and timing of the examination for creative works. You can find out more about the creative practice component here.

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
The DMA is for performers, assessed by a series of five recitals and a short thesis. You will be overseen by a performance supervisor and an academic supervisor. This programme is suitable for candidates who wish to take their performance skills to a very high level while also undertaking research.

You can find out more about the DMA here.

Doctor of Music (DMus)
The DMA is designed for composers, assessed through a portfolio of varied compositions and a short thesis, supervised by the School’s composition staff. This programme is suitable for candidates who wish to take their composition skills to a very high level while also undertaking research. 

You can find out more about the DMus here.

Doctoral supervisors

We understand that decisions about where to undertake doctoral study are often based on the calibre of the supervisors and the quality of the candidate-supervisor relationship. School of Music staff are internationally renowned composers, musicologists, performers, scholars and educators who have made significant contributions to national and international music endeavours. Take the time to browse the profiles and research interests of our available doctoral supervisors here

Statement of Research Intent

As part of your application, you’ll need to submit both the University's Statement of Research Intent and the School of Music Statement of Research Intent. If you intend to undertake the PhD with creative practice component, you’ll need to submit that document in addition to these. Your Statement should include a summary of what you plan to study, describe the methodology with which you plan to undertake your research, and provide a preliminary bibliography of existing literature in your area of research.

The DMA Statement should include some recital programming ideas, and the DMus Statement should outline potential compositions.

Postgraduate Adviser

It is recommended that you draft your Statement of Research Intent early. This can even be done prior to contacting the Postgraduate Adviser, as the information can assist in selecting the most suitable supervisor(s). The statement can always be refined at a later date, and the School may require you to revise your statement on more than one occasion. 

You can contact our Postgraduate Adviser, Dr Gregory Camp, for more specific information and advice about doctoral study at the School of Music. He can help you with understanding how long the application process can take, how to write your Statement of Research Intent and which supervisors are appropriate for your research. If you already know which supervisors you are interested in, you may wish to contact them directly. 

Postgraduate Adviser:
Dr Gregory Camp 
Phone: +64 9 923 9438

Additional information

The following links may be relevant to you as you consider your doctoral study:

You may need to contact our Student Centre or the School of Graduate Studies at different points of your planning and application process. 

Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre
Level 2, Building 421
(Architecture and Planning Building)
26 Symonds St 
Open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm 

School of Graduate Studies
Graduate Centre, East Wing, ClockTower
22 Princes Street