HIPP Dissertation (major) MUSIC5037P

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

A dissertation based on an issue, source or repertory relevant to historical performance practice, developed under the supervision of a member of staff. It should show a thorough assimilation of the existing work in the field, the historical sources and issues in contemporary debate; an original viewpoint or discovery of new knowledge should be demonstrated.


1 briefing session, followed by individual meetings with supervisor.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to College at Masters level


A candidate will be permitted to progress to preparation of the dissertation, or other substantial independent work required by the degree, only if he or she has obtained a grade point average of 12 (equivalent to C3) or above in the taught courses with at least 75% of the credits at grade D3 or better and all credits at grade F or above.

Excluded Courses





Students will complete a dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with staff of 15,000 words.

Course Aims

This course aims to enable students to conduct in-depth postgraduate research in Historically Informed Performance Practice. Students will complete a dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with staff of 15,000 words.

More specifically the course will encourage students to:

■ Learn and apply theoretical approaches within Historically Informed Performance Practice to a range of theoretical and/or practical issues

■ Develop a critical understanding of the chosen topic (which will be decided in consultation with the course leader)

■ Develop the capacity for more sustained postgraduate research work such as that of a PhD

■ Develop written work of a high academic standard that is free of spelling and grammatical mistakes, that is appropriately structured, is correctly footnoted, and which contains a complete and correct bibliography.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Plan and carry out a major research project in Historically Informed Performance Practice

■ Identify research questions of sufficient depth to sustain a major piece of written work

■ Critically evaluate and summarise literature in the chosen area, gathering, selecting, and assimilating complex information from musical, historical and musicological sources

■ Research, understand and interpret historical sources, especially of 17th-18th century music and performance

■ Choose appropriate research methods and/or analysis, employing critical methodologies from current musicology in order to sustain an extended argument

■ Demonstrate substantial knowledge of current directions in musicology and performance studies, and the ability to participate in debates within the discipline

■ Present research in a concise, critical and clear structure, communicating effectively

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.