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MUSS5160M Integrated Masters Dissertation

60 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Ian Sapiro

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The Dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to design and conduct an empirical investigation of a self-chosen topic within the field of music psychology (subject to the approval of the Dissertations Coordinator), and to present your findings in an extended essay of 13,500-16,500 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 and critiquing relevant literature, identifying appropriate research methodologies, designing, conducting and analysing a piece of original empirical work, expressing concepts and hypotheses in a critical fashion, and working confidently as an independent learner.


This module aims to:
- Provide students with an opportunity to develop their abilities to use and distinguish between primary and secondary sources of information in order to identify areas warranting further empirical research.
- Provide students with an opportunity to develop and refine their abilities to use empirical research techniques.
- Provide students with an opportunity to conduct an empirical investigation based on independent study under supervision.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
LO1: devise, plan, execute and report on an extended research project in music psychology, the focus having been defined in negotiation with an approved supervisor;
LO2: identify and make effective use of appropriate methodologies, theoretical frameworks, and source materials;
LO3: construct a coherent extended argument, supported with appropriate evidence, displaying a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of that subject;
LO4: display an understanding of the relationship between enquiry, evidence and interpretation;
LO5: demonstrate a degree of intellectual confidence and independence of thought, and a more questioning approach to their area of study;
LO6: present their work to a high standard, in clear English and with a good standard of presentation.

Skills outcomes
This module provides students with an opportunity to further develop their understanding and practical application of qualitative and/or quantitative research methodologies. This module also requires students to develop their understanding of the ethical implications of empirical research and they will submit an ethical review form for approval from the faculty ethics committee.


Supported by tutorials with an approved supervisor, students will undertake a highly focused and detailed investigation within the field of music psychology and present their findings in the form of an extended essay. The content of the dissertation will be developed 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 to include:
• Preparation for supervision tutorials
• Follow-up work from lectures and seminar session
• Reading relevant and related literature
• Researching and developing appropriate research frameworks and methodologies
• Applying for Ethical Review
• Conducting, processing and analysing research data
• Completion of interim submissions
• Time spent going through feedback from supervisions and interim submissions to support research and writing
• Independent research
• Writing draft material and preparing the final thesis

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback will be provided within individual tutorials as well as through feedback on a Proposal, Interim Report and Draft Chapter.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or DissertationDissertation of 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: 29/04/2022 15:26:01


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