Postgraduate taught 

Music Industries MSc

Music Industries Dissertation MUSIC5015P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The dissertation encourages independent work through deeper study of a particular topic in Music Industries or Popular Music Research and encourages the application of acquired research skills. They will complete a substantial piece of work, which will present their original research and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of their field of study.


6 x 1hr supervision meetings over 12 weeks. 

Excluded Courses





1 x dissertation (12,000 words).

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ develop and sustain an argument in an area of the student's personal research interest in Music Industries and/or Popular Music research

■ promote an engagement with other scholarly, critical, conceptual or theoretical arguments relevant to that area

■ enable the student to gain experience in research, and in the organisation and interpretation of information encourage the application of acquired research skills to a supervised project

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ define, plan and execute a sustained, focused, coherent and original research project in an area relevant to Music Industries and/or Popular Music;

■ source, select and critically evaluate appropriate primary and secondary sources in their chosen subject area and then utilise such sources effectively within the final dissertation;

■ utilise substantial and detailed first-hand knowledge of their chosen area of investigation;

■ apply appropriate academic conventions with regard to referencing and provision of bibliographic information; work independently to execute a substantial piece of written work in clear and appropriate academic English.

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.