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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUS2021 Module Title: RESEARCH PROJECT
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU2.RESPROJ
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: DOWNES SC Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Running all year

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards


Module Mark (%)


A 10-minute presentation to students and module convenor of the thesis, structure and key sources for the project, to be given in week 10 of the Autumn semester




A project, not exceeding 6,000 words, to be submitted in week 11 of the Spring semester.




Qualifying Condition(s) 


This module is available to all MSR HE2 students except those on the BMus (Tonmeister) programme.



Module Overview
This module offers the student the opportunity to engage in research and, with support, construct a substantial project which may explore music in any of its forms, including critical, aesthetic, analytical, ethno-musicological, historical etc.

A pass in HE1 Understanding Music 1 or permission of the module convenor.

Module Aims
  • To foster your ability to research a given musicological, analytical, or ethnomusicological topic
  • To develop your ability to write an extended piece of research
  • To develop disciplinary awareness of various music fields, including ethnomusicology, musicology, and music theory
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Demonstrate basic skills in research methodologies
  • Organise and structure an extended project
  • Explain or analyse aspects of a topic chosen in consultation with the module convenor
Module Content
  • Types of musicological research
  • How to choose a topic
  • How to conduct a bibliographical search, and to make best use of library resources
  • How to plan and lay out an extended piece of writing
  • Bibliographical conventions in academic writing
Methods of Teaching/Learning

There will be 5 one-hour plenary sessions with the module convenor.  Having identified the area of research, each student will be assigned a supervisor, with whom the student will work for the remainder of the module, developing the project.  The amount of time with the project supervisor may vary but it is expected that the student will have approximately 5 one-hour tutorials.

Selected Texts/Journals

Barry, Ralph, 2004. The Research Project: How to write it (5th ed.). London: Routledge


Cook, Nicholas, 1998. Music: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press



Other reading will be outlined by the supervisors, according to the topic that the student chooses.


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