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Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

The regulations below set down the requirements for award of the DMA degree.
Formal policies and procedures related to enrolment and examination for the DMA are set out in the Higher Degrees Handbook, which also includes information about administration matters and is available from the Postgraduate Studies Office and online.
Both the regulations set out below and the formal policies and procedures set out in the handbook are administered by the University’s Postgraduate Research Committee.
Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
1.   The Degree is awarded to candidates who have successfully completed a programme of performance and research in two parts as follows:
  1.1   Part 1 - Performance
  Candidates must
  (i)   present one public recital in their first year, and
  (ii)   two public recitals and a seminar on their proposed research during their second year of study, and
  (iii)   give a public performance of a major concerto or equivalent during their third year of study, and
  (iv)   present a final research-based public recital, which will be examined.
  1.2   Part 2 - Thesis
  Candidates must undertake approved and supervised research, and present the results lucidly in a thesis which
  (i)   critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, and
  (ii)   demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, and
  (iii)   displays intellectual independence, and
  (iv)   makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned and is of publishable quality.
2.   To qualify to enrol for the DMA, applicants must
  (a)    have qualified for the award of a Master of Music (MMus) degree, and must have achieved at least second class honours (first division), and
  (b)    pass an audition.
3.   Applicants for the DMA must apply on the prescribed form which is available from the Postgraduate Studies Office.
4.   Applications to enrol for the DMA and the conditions of enrolment are subject to approval by the Postgraduate Research Committee under delegated authority of the Academic Board.
5.   As one of the preconditions for the approval of an application to enrol, the Postgraduate Research Committee will establish that the necessary supervision and resources can be provided for the chosen research topic.
6.   If at any time subsequent to the approval of an application the University encounters staffing or resource difficulties which impact on the availability of resources or supervision of his/her DMA research, it will make all reasonable efforts, within budget and staffing constraints, to provide satisfactory arrangements so as not to cause any disadvantage. Because of the specialist nature of research and supervision at this level, under such circumstances, a candidate’s conditions of enrolment may be subject to change.
7.   Candidates whose applications to enrol for the DMA are approved by the Postgraduate Research Committee must enrol in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and, subject to satisfactory progress, pursue their performance and research for
  (a)    at least three years, if they are enrolled on a full-time basis, or
  (b)    at least six years, if they are enrolled on a part-time basis, or
  (c)    a term approved by the Postgraduate Research Committee which represents a combination of full-time and part-time study.
8.   Enrolment is approved, in the first instance
  (a)    for a maximum of four years in Part 1 and Part 2 if the candidate is registered on a full-time basis, or
  (b)    for a maximum of eight years in Part 1 and Part 2 if the candidate is registered on a part-time basis, or
  (c)    a term approved by the Postgraduate Research Committee which represents a combination of full-time and part-time study.
9.   Enrolment of all new candidates for the DMA approved by the Postgraduate Research Committee is conditional for an initial period of six months. Confirmation of enrolment by the Postgraduate Research Committee after the initial period of six months is subject to the submission by the candidate of
  (a)    an acceptable research plan, and
  (b)    a report by the supervisors recommending confirmation of enrolment, and
  (c)    evidence of ethical approval or a statement confirming that it is not required, in accordance with the Ethical Conduct in Human Research and Related Activities 2008.
  (d)    the final full-length (90 minutes) research-based public recital for Part 1 will be assessed by a panel appointed by the University at the recommendation of the Convenor of Music consisting of an internal moderator (who is not the candidate’s supervisor) and two external examiners of international repute. Overseas examiner(s) will receive a CD or DVD recording of the final performance.
10.   The panel will advise the Postgraduate Research Committee if the requirements of Part 1 have been met. If it is deemed that the final recital is not of an acceptable standard the panel may recommend to the Postgraduate Research Committee that the student re-present the recital after a further period of enrolment, or that the standard has not been met.
11.   For each DMA candidate the Postgraduate Research Committee appoints a supervisory panel. Each DMA candidate must have a minimum of two supervisors, one of whom is a continuing staff member of the University and the chief supervisor.
12.   Candidates are required to maintain continuous enrolment throughout the entire period of their degree.
13.   Notwithstanding section 12 of these regulations, a candidate may apply to the Postgraduate Research Committee for a suspension from enrolment for a maximum period of twelve months full-time equivalent. A candidate is not entitled to supervision or any University resources during a period of suspension and does not incur tuition fees.
14.   A candidate may apply to the Postgraduate Research Committee for an extension of enrolment for a maximum period of twelve months full-time equivalent during their higher degree programme.
15.   Candidates enrolled for the DMA must submit six-monthly reports on the progress of their research work.
16.   The Postgraduate Research Committee has authority to terminate the enrolment of a candidate at any time if the candidate fails to demonstrate satisfactory progress or comply with any regulations or policies which relate to enrolment for the Degree.
17.   The DMA thesis may consist of either published or unpublished material, or a combination of both, and must be presented within the term of enrolment.
18.   Candidates must indicate in the thesis any component that has been used or presented for any other degree.
19.   Candidates must comply with the Dissertations and Theses Regulations 2006 which set out the University’s requirements with respect to the submission and presentation of theses.
20.   The Postgraduate Research Committee appoints at least two examiners for the candidate’s thesis who are external to the University and not directly connected with the candidate or the candidate’s research. In the case of divergent examination outcomes, the Postgraduate Research Committee may appoint a third examiner.
21.   Notwithstanding section 20 of these regulations, provided that at least half of the examiners recommend that the thesis be accepted, an oral examination of the candidate is conducted.
22.   The Postgraduate Research Committee makes a final decision on the award of the Degree. On the basis of the final report of the examiners following the oral examination, the Postgraduate Research Committee will resolve
  (a)    that the thesis be accepted in its present form as fulfilling the requirements of Part 2 for the DMA, or
  (b)    that the thesis be accepted as fulfilling the requirements of Part 2 for the DMA subject to the candidate undertaking minor amendments and/or correcting typographical errors as required by the examiners, to the satisfaction of the chief supervisor, or
  (c)    that the thesis be accepted as fulfilling the requirements of Part 2 for the DMA subject to the candidate completing substantial amendments to the satisfaction of all the examiners or the chief supervisor, provided that these amendments are not so substantial as to necessitate re-submission and are completed within ten weeks, or
  (d)    that the thesis is not acceptable in its present form and should be returned to the candidate, who may revise it and re-submit it for examination after a re-enrolment for a minimum period of six months, or
  (e)    that the thesis is not acceptable for the DMA but should be accepted as fulfilling the requirements of the degree of Master of Philosophy, or
  (f)    that the candidate has failed to meet the required standard and that no degree be awarded.
23.   Candidates will be permitted to revise and re-submit a thesis only once.
24.   Candidates may apply to the Postgraduate Research Committee, at any time during Part 2 of the DMA before submission of the thesis, to transfer to the Master of Philosophy.
25.   Applicants or candidates for the DMA who wish to appeal a decision by the Postgraduate Research Committe, or who have a concern about supervision or any other aspect of their candidature, may raise the matter under the Higher Degree Appeals and Complaints Regulations.
26.   The Postgraduate Research Committee may vary or waive these regulations in individual cases. The Postgraduate Research Committee is required to report any decisions under this authority to the Research Committee.

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