Dissertation in Musicology MUSIC5081P
- Academic Session: 2023-24
- School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
- Credits: 60
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Summer
- Available to Visiting Students: No
The dissertation is an independent student-led piece of academic writing in musicology developed under the supervision of a member of staff.
One briefing session, followed by five hour-long meetings with supervisor as necessary, together with self-directed study.
Requirements of Entry
Standard entry to College at Masters level
A candidate will be permitted to progress to preparation of the dissertation 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.
One dissertation of around 12-15,000 words.
This course aims to enable students to conduct in-depth postgraduate research in Musicology.
More specifically the course will encourage students to:
• Learn and apply theoretical approaches within Musicology
• Develop a critical understanding of the chosen topic
• Develop the capacity for more sustained postgraduate research work such as that of a PhD
• Develop written work of a high academic standard in correct and idiomatic English and appropriate formatting
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 Musicology
• 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 sources in music and related fields
• Choose appropriate research methods and/or analysis, employing critical methodologies from current musicology in order to sustain an extended argument
• Deploy substantial knowledge of current directions in musicology, 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.