Postgraduate taught 

Music Industries MSc

Popular Music Studies Dissertation MUSIC5015P

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The aim of this course is to allow students to conduct in-depth postgraduate research in Popular Music Studies. Students will complete a dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with the Department of up to 20,000 words.
More specifically the course will allow students to
Apply theoretical approaches within Popular Music Studies to a range of theoretical and/or practical issues
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the topic
Demonstrate the capacity for more sustained postgraduate research work such as that of a PhD
Deliver a work of a high academic standard that is free of spelling and grammatical mistakes, that is appropriately tructured, is correctly footnoted, and which contains a complete and correct bibliography.

Timetable

1 briefing session: tbc. Ad-hoc meetings with supervisor. Ad-hoc periods of self-directed study.

Main Assessment In: August

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to allow students to conduct in-depth postgraduate research in Popular Music Studies. Students will complete a dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with the Department of up to 20,000 words.
More specifically the course will allow students to
Apply theoretical approaches within Popular Music Studies to a range of theoretical and/or practical issues
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the topic
Demonstrate the capacity for more sustained postgraduate research work such as that of a PhD
Deliver a work of a high academic standard that is free of spelling and grammatical mistakes, that is appropriately tructured, is correctly footnoted, and which contains a complete and correct bibliography.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

Critically assess and summarise the literature in the area of the research project
Plan and carry out a research project in the area of Popular Music Studies
Organise and present a research report, critically assessing the limitations of the project and the contribution it makes to current knowledge
Present research in a concise, critical and clear way
Identify research questions
Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues in research projects
Choose appropriate research methods and/or analysis
Report outcomes
Identify appropriate pathways for dissemiinatino