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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS5162M Dissertation

60 creditsClass Size: 999

Module manager: Dr Clive McClelland

Taught: 1 Jan to 30 Sep View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

First degree in an arts subject; demonstrable knowledge of music and musical terminology

This module is not approved as an Elective


On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- devise, plan, execute and report on an extended 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 hours588.00
Total Contact hours12.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

588 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 DissertationDissertation of 13,500 to 16,500 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: 06/07/2017


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