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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MUS5332M Individual Project

30 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Ross Cole

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

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module allows you to pursue an extended project across the whole year in an area of music or sound studies in which you have a strong interest, agreed in negotiation with an appointed supervisor. The module involves devising, carrying out, documenting, and critically reflecting upon an independent project. It is the documentation and critical reflection, rather than the project itself, that is assessed.


The goal is for you to gain experience of devising, carrying out, documenting, and critically reflecting upon a project driven by your own initiative. This is supported by group seminars, individual supervisions, and opportunities to develop autonomy.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:

1. Devise, plan, and execute an extended project

2. Engage critically with disciplinary boundaries and norms

3. Evince an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the relationship between enquiry, evidence, and interpretation in musicological study

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:

4. Take a proactive and self-reflective role in working, through the evaluation of own and others’ ideas

5. Evaluate own achievements

6. Undertake independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development


Students devise an independent project in negotiation with their supervisor and the module leader to be undertaken across the year under their own initiative. The scope of this module is therefore broad to allow for a diversity of potential projects, including creative practice and research.

Teaching methods

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

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive feedback on a substantial project proposal during semester 1 from their supervisor. There will also be an opportunity for feedback from peers taking the module during an introductory seminar, in which students present and discuss a brief overview of their project. A further seminar in semester 2 will be used to present work in progress, and will feature peer feedback as well as constructive comments from the module leader. Further feedback will be integral to regular meetings (of which there are 6) with the project supervisor.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectDocumentation of the project undertaken and critical reflection on process and outcomes. This may take any suitable form and involve any appropriate media. <4,000 words.100.00
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: 29/01/2024


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