Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Applied Dissertation in Music MUSIC4095P

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will provide students with the opportunity to produce an individual creative project agreed with a supervisor, alongside a developed piece of academic writing contextualizing their creative project and its relevance in the context of the curriculum/relevant professional arena.


6 x 1 hr Lectures as scheduled on MyCampus

4 x 1 hr project supervision

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Music, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation

Excluded Courses

Dissertation in Music - MUSIC4071P




Dissertation 5000 words - 50%

Creative Project circa 15 minutes or work of equivalent depth or complexity - 50%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ enable students to develop an individual project on a topic agreed with the subject area/supervisor;

■ build students' planning and time-management skills for a programme of independent research and

applied creative practice;

■ develop students' capacity for independent research and writing;

■ engage students with theoretical and practical knowledge of the chosen area of inquiry / relevant

professional arena;

■ develop Graduate Attributes and enhance students' perspectives on their graduate employability.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ discuss and evaluate, at an advanced level, a particular topic in terms of subject-specific context/theories.

■ employ skills learned within the academic curriculum as part of a practical creative project;

■ plan for, and carry out, an efficient programme of well-managed independent research and creative activity/output;

■ synthesise and write up independent research findings and material;

■ analyse crucial terms of discussion and incorporate relevant critical and theoretical approaches into the written and practical components of their project;

■ analyse the findings/outputs of their chosen project within the context of their relevant academic field

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.