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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS3122 Special Study in Musicology B

20 creditsClass Size: 24

Module manager: Dr Matthew Pritchard

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Experience with research in musicology. Experience in writing extended essays may be an asset.

Module replaces

MUSI3721 Music in Context C

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Students will study a focused area of musicology in order to foster detailed knowledge and understanding of the topic. Assessment is by either a short verbal presentation and an extended written submission, or a short written submission and extended verbal presentation, and students must choose their assessment option prior to starting the module.


The module engages students with advanced topics within the field of musicological research. A range of topics will be offered each academic year, with the content of each topic determined by current staff research and scholarship interests and activities. Projects may be interdisciplinary, combining different approaches to musicological research with the aim of increasing understanding of a specific research topic.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module candidates will be able to:
- demonstrate in-depth musical knowledge through study of a defined musicological area;
- apply advanced historical, analytical, critical and comparative methodologies to the articulation and development of arguments;
- demonstrate evidence of growing independence in research, a deepening understanding of methodology, and a high level of essay-writing and oral presentational skills;
- develop an awareness of contextual approaches applicable to a focused repertoire range.


Students will study one topic chosen from a range available.

Topics offered will cover a spectrum of musicological areas in different musical disciplines and contexts, including art, commercial, popular and world musics.

The module may be taught via a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours182.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

4 hours evaluation of notes per lecture or seminar: 36 hours;
6 hours reading and listening per lecture or seminar: 66 hours;
Completing assessments: 54 hours;
Tutorial preparation: 25 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through in-class discussions and the tutorial, as well as via the shorter piece of work submitted for the module assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignmentan essay of 3600-4400 words OR an extended verbal presentation of c.20 minutes75.00
Assignmenta verbal presentation of c.10 minutes OR a written assignment of 1500-2000 words. If the 75% written submission is chosen this must be the verbal presentation and vice versa25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Options for assessment on this module are offered in order that students may choose the type that best suits their learning style. Students must choose to from a short verbal presentation (25%) and longer essay (75%) or a shorter piece of written work (25%) and longer verbal presentation (75%); the chosen options must include both verbal and written assessment, and total 100%. The short written assignment here may indicatively include submissions such as: a conference proposal/extended abstract and annotated bibliography; a position paper; a literature review; annotated discography; or self-reflective report. The submission must be agreed with an appropriate member of staff and may either link to or stand apart from the extended conference style presentation. The short verbal presentation may likewise link to or stand apart from the extended written submission.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 11/10/2019


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