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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS5132M Short Dissertation

30 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Clive McClelland

Taught: 1 Oct to 30 Sep View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

First degree in music or appropriate professional experience; demonstrable knowledge of music, and understanding of appropriate terminology.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The Dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to investigate a musical subject of your choice (subject to the approval of the Dissertations Coordinator), and to present your findings in an extended essay of 6,000-8,000 words. Your Dissertation tutor will help you to define the scope and topic of your Dissertation, but it should be one which enables you to demonstrate a range of skills, including assimilating scholarly literature, expressing concepts and hypotheses in a critical fashion, and working confidently as an independent learner.


On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

- devise, plan, execute and report on a research project in music, the focus having been defined in negotiation with an approved supervisor;
- identify and make effective use of appropriate methodologies, theoretical frameworks and source materials;
- construct a coherent extended argument, supported with appropriate evidence, displaying a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of that subject;
- display an understanding of the relationship between enquiry, evidence, and interpretation appropriate to their programme of study;
- demonstrate a degree of intellectual confidence and independence of thought, and a more questioning approach to their area of study;
- present their work to a high standard, in clear English and with appropriate scholarly apparatus (such as footnoting, musical examples, tables, a consistently and helpfully organised bibliography), utilising appropriate forms of word- and music- processing software.


Supported by tutorials with an approved supervisor, students will undertake a highly focused and detailed investigation which is appropriate to their programme of study, and present their findings in the form of an extended essay. The syllabus is determined by the chosen subject, to be approved by the Head of Department, and paced in consultation with the supervisor.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours294.00
Total Contact hours6.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

294 hours - Private study

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Statement of Intent, Learning Contract, Interim Report, feedback on draft chapter

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation6,000-8,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/06/2017


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