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MUSS5163M Applied Musicology Project

60 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr Bryan White

Taught: 1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22


MUSS5135MApplied Research Methodologies

Module replaces

MUSS5462M Editorial Project

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The Applied Musicology Project provides you with the opportunity to investigate an applied or practice-led area of musicology of your own choosing such as editing, archival study, fieldwork or transcription, agreed in negotiation with the module leader. You will define the scope of the project in consultation with a supervisor, and produce practice-led work that 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.


The Applied Musicology Project module aims to provide students with the opportunity to design and create an extended independent research project that will maximise their skills and knowledge, and demonstrate their understanding of theoretical approaches and frameworks. Students will gain significant experience of the application of research in practice, and the concept of practice as research.On completion of this module, students should be able to ...

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
• devise, plan, execute and report on an extended applied research project, the focus having been defined in negotiation with an approved supervisor;
• reflect analytically on their practice and learn from that reflection;
• identify and make effective use of appropriate methodologies, theoretical frameworks, and source materials;
• demonstrate understanding of the relationship between musicological research and its application in practice;
• demonstrate a degree of intellectual confidence and independence of thought, and a questioning approach to their area of study;
• present their work appropriately and to a high standard.

Skills outcomes
Skills in applied and practice-led research as appropriate to the chosen focus.


Supported by tutorials with an approved supervisor, students will undertake a highly focused and detailed applied research project appropriate to their programme of study, and present their findings in the form of a portfolio with supporting work. The syllabus is determined by the chosen subject, to be approved by the module leader and paced in consultation with the supervisor.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours588.00
Total Contact hours12.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

The precise split of hours will differ depending on the nature of a student’s project, and will be negotiated with the supervisor; however, typical activities will include:
• planning time;
• time spent researching the theory and practice of the chosen area of applied musicology;
• project planning;
• preparation of interim and final submissions.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive feedback during the seminars and supervisions as their project progresses, and will also receive feedback on their formative interim submissions (which might, for example, take the form of an excerpt of some editing or transcription work, or preliminary reports/results from archival study or fieldwork, depending on the nature of the project) as the module progresses.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectApplied musicology project with critical and reflective commentary, equivalent to 13,500-16,500 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

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 30/06/2021 13:25:04


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