3 to 4 years full-time
6 to 8 years part-time
Exempt under RTP (more)
Programs change over time. Course lists and requirements are specific to the year you started studying.
To be eligible for the award of Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), a student must acquire 240 credit points as prescribed below:
Individual supervision is provided for the practice-based research component as a multi-year development of the final doctoral submission. Coursework components develop research skills and assist in the advancement of exegetical outcomes including via text, performance, recorded works and compositions.
The shape of the doctoral work may vary according to the exact topic and fitness for purpose as agreed in close consultation with academic supervisors. In general, DMA examination requirements include:
Two specialist external examiners will be chosen to assess the exegesis according to the highest international standards for doctorates in practice-based music research. In cases where a live component may be part of a final submission, a third examiner will be appointed.
Because international examination is a central feature of the DMA, all exegesis materials must be transportable. Relevant multimedia components are to be included as part of the final submission, and must be fully self-contained on accompanying CD, disk drive or USB stick.
An indicative range of past and present DMA projects are available at the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre website.
Completion of progress reporting requirements is a condition of continued candidature for higher degree research programs. The following progress review requirements must be completed for the Doctor of Musical Arts program:
The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. This qualification is accredited as an AQF Level 10 - Doctoral Degree.
Program Learning Outcomes communicate to the community the value of the Griffith educational experience as benchmarked against national qualification standards.
Program Learning Outcomes for this award describe the knowledge, skills and the application of knowledge and skills you will acquire through studying the Griffith program of your choice.