Postgraduate taught 

Musicology MMus

Research Skills and Digital Musicology MUSIC5062

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course introduces students to current research methods in musicology, including, for example, the use of modern bibliographical tools, archival research, sketch studies and genetic criticism, and empirical methods. It will also feature recent presentation techniques including those associated with digital humanities and digital musicology.

Timetable

10x1hr weekly lecture

10x1hr weekly seminar

5hs tutorials on presentations and essays.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level 

Assessment

Essay of 2500 words, submitted at the end of the course. 50%

A digital musicology project (such as a database, website, interactive map or computer-aided analysis) equivalent to 2500 words, or written outline for a digital musicology project (2500 words). 50%

Course Aims

The course aims to introduce students to current research techniques, including, for example, the use of modern bibliographical tools, archival research, sketch studies and genetic criticism, and empirical methods. More specifically, the course aims to:

■ give students a good grasp of current techniques for conducting and presenting musicological research, including in the field of digital musicology

■ encourage students to reflect on the role of different kinds and standards of evidence in musicological scholarship

■ inculcate research ethics in students

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ evaluate and employ different research techniques, including, for example, modern bibliographical tools, archival research, sketch studies and genetic criticism and empirical methods.

■ critically reflect on the use and standards of evidence associated with different techniques and methods

■ act in accordance with ethical practice in research conduct

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.