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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUSM018 Module Title: DISSERTATION
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MUM.RESDISS
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: DOWNES SC Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 120 Number of ECTS credits: 60
Module Availability

Tutorial supervision initially with the module convenor and subsequently with your supervisor.

Assessment Pattern
Module Overview

Methods of Assessment & Weighting

Two copies of the completed dissertation (40,000 words maximum) in the format stated in the University Calendar are to be submitted to the School office by the date twelve months after registration for full-time study or twenty-four months after registration for part-time study.  Minor or specified corrections should be completed, and the approved, hard-bound copies submitted to the departmental office within 40 days of the date on which you are informed of your result.

Your dissertation will be read by an examiner and a co-examiner who will be lecturers in the department, and by the appropriate external examiner.

Further details of assessment are given in the assessment criteria document.


A mark of 50% or more in the Research Seminar module and the selected Musicology module must be gained before submission of the dissertation.

Module Aims

To allow an in-depth scholarly treatment of an advanced research topic in musicology

Learning Outcomes
  1. The ability to use sophisticated research methodologies, with close contact with bibliographic resources and professional musicological literature;
  2. An understanding of a wide range of issues related to the particular topic, and the ability to identify the most important relevant issues for yourself;
  3. The ability to deal with complex ideas of various natures and to communicate them clearly and effectively in writing;
  4. The ability to organise and structure a large-scale written work, including an abstract and bibliography
Module Content
  1. Advice on overall form and topic of the dissertation
  2. Guidance on the location, selection, and interpretation of relevant source material
  3. Guidance on appropriate methodologies
  4. Advice on structuring and presentational concerns.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

You and your supervisor will work together during the preparation of your dissertation.  During your tutorials you will receive advice on developing your self-directed learning and research skills, as well as assistance with your queries resulting from your reading.  You can expect feedback on the initial drafts of your dissertation.

You should make an appointment to discuss your subject matter with your supervisor as soon as possible.  Full time students should agree the subject matter and a working title with your supervisor no later than three months before the submission (see below); part time students six months before.

Selected Texts/Journals

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