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