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, along with information about administration matters, are available from the School of Graduate Research and on the University of Waikato website.
These regulations, policies and procedures are administered by the Dean of the School of Graduate Research and 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 research area.
2.   To qualify to enrol for the DMA, applicants must
  (a)    have qualified for the award of a New Zealand Master of Music (MMus) degree, with at least second class honours (first division), or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and
  (b)    pass an audition.
3.   Applicants whose first language is not English are required to meet the English Language Requirements for Admission. Students who have completed undergraduate and/or masters study in English will normally be considered to have met the English Language Requirements.
4.   Applicants for the DMA must apply through the online Application to Enrol.
5.   Applications to enrol for the DMA and the conditions of enrolment are subject to approval by the Dean of the School of Graduate Research under delegated authority of the Academic Board.
6.   As one of the preconditions for the approval of an application to enrol, the Dean of the School of Graduate Research will establish that the necessary supervision and resources can be provided for the chosen research topic.
7.   If at any time subsequent to the approval of an application the University encounters changes to its staffing or resources, it will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that these do not disadvantage the candidate. However, changes to staffing and resources can mean that a candidate's conditions of enrolment are subject to change or termination.
8.   Candidates whose applications to enrol for the DMA are approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Research must enrol in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and, subject to progress which meets expectations, pursue their performance and research for
  (a)    three years, if they are enrolled on a full-time basis, or
  (b)    six years, if they are enrolled on a part-time basis, or
  (c)    a term approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Research which represents a combination of full-time and part-time study.
9.   Enrolment is approved, in the first instance
  (a)    for a maximum of three years in Part 1 and Part 2 if the candidate is registered on a full-time basis, or
  (b)    for a maximum of six years in Part 1 and Part 2 if the candidate is registered on a part-time basis, or
  (c)    a term approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Research which represents a combination of full-time and part-time study.
10.   A candidate may apply to the Dean of the School of Graduate Research for an extension of enrolment for a maximum period of twelve months full-time equivalent during their higher degree programme.
11.   Candidates for the DMA must not be concurrently enrolled in a research qualification at any other university without written permission from both universities.
12.   Enrolment of all new candidates for the DMA approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Research is conditional for an initial period of six months. Confirmation of enrolment by the Dean of the School of Graduate Research 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.
13.   The panel will advise the Dean of the School of Graduate Research 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 Dean of the School of Graduate Research that the student re-present the recital after a further period of enrolment, or that the standard has not been met.
14.   Candidates are required to maintain continuous enrolment throughout the entire period of their degree.
15.   For each DMA candidate the Dean of the School of Graduate Research 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.
16.   Candidates are required to maintain contact with their supervisory panel throughout the entire period of the enrolment in their degree.
17.   Following enrolment, candidates enrolled for the DMA must submit six-monthly reports on the progress of their research work.
18.   Notwithstanding section 9 of these regulations, a candidate may apply to the Dean of the School of Graduate Research 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.
19.   The Postgraduate Research Committee has authority to terminate the enrolment of a candidate at any time if the candidate fails to demonstrate progress which meets Faculty expectations or comply with any regulations or policies which relate to enrolment for the Degree.
20.   The DMA thesis may consist of the candidate’s published or unpublished material, or a combination of both. All such materials must have been produced within the term of enrolment.
21.   Candidates must indicate in the thesis any component that has been used or presented for any other degree.
22.   Candidates must comply with the Dissertations and Theses Regulations 2015 which set out the University's requirements with respect to the submission and presentation of theses.
23.   The Dean of the School of Graduate Research 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. At least one of the external examiners is based overseas. In the case of divergent examination outcomes, the Dean of the School of Graduate Research will appoint a third examiner.
24.   The Dean of the School of Graduate Research makes a decision to proceed to oral examination based on the recommendations and reports of the examiners following the written examination.
25.   In order for an oral examination of the candidate to be held at least two examiners should recommend that the thesis proceed to oral examination. The Dean of the School of Graduate Research may resolve
  (a)    that the thesis should proceed to oral examination, does not require significant revisions;
  (b)    that the thesis should proceed to oral examination, revisions anticipated;
  (c)    that the thesis should not proceed to oral examination. The candidate should be asked to re-enrol for a minimum of 6 months to undertake the major revisions indicated in the examiners reports and in due course to re-submit the thesis for re-examination;
  (d)    that the thesis should not proceed to oral examination and should not be accepted for the doctoral degree but is acceptable as fulfilling the requirements for the degree of Master of Philosophy (subject to amendments of a minor nature); or
  (e)    that the thesis should not proceed to oral examination and should not be accepted for the award of a doctoral degree.
26.   The Dean of the School of Graduate Research 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 Dean of the School of Graduate Research 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.
27.   A candidate may revise and re-submit a thesis only once and only one oral examination will be held.
28.   Candidates may apply to the Dean of the School of Graduate Research, at any time during Part 2 of the DMA before submission of the thesis, to transfer to the Master of Philosophy.
29.   Applicants or candidates for the DMA who wish to appeal a decision by the Dean of the School of Graduate Research, 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.
30.   The Dean of the School of Graduate Research and the Postgraduate Research Committee is required to report any decisions they make which fall outside of regulations to the Research Committee.

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