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MUS3019 : Minor Specialist Study: Project

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To enable students:
1. To engage in a research project, whose mode of presentation differs from that of a conventional dissertation.
2. To consolidate and develop field or archival research techniques, formal methods, critical skills and scholarly imagination.
3. To demonstrate professional scholarly practice and develop skills in writing and presentation appropriate to the chosen medium.

Students are recommended to arrange regular tutorials with their supervisor - six half-hour meetings being the norm - and are expected to attend at least five of the Music research seminars over the course of the academic year.
Assessment: submission of equivalent substance to a dissertation of 5,000-7,000 words (100%). In addition, formative assessment includes an initial proposal written over the summer vacation and an extended outline, which is submitted during Semester 1.

Outline Of Syllabus

In this module you pursue an extended research project on a topic of your own choice and present your results in a form other than a dissertation- one appropriate to the topic and research method involved. Such a project could take one of several guises: for example, a musical analysis; a scholarly musical edition; a song or tune collection; a radio ballad; a stylistic composition project. Projects that resemble dissertation, composition or performance activities will not be allowed, and should instead be taken under the relevant Specialist Study. However projects should be comparable in scope and substance to submissions for other Specialist Studies.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching60:303:00tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1189:00189:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
MUS3015Major Specialist Study: Project
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Some projects will be restricted to private study and research, others may involve activities with groups, such as experimental subjects, pedagogical subjects, etc. Students are recommended to arrange regular tutorials with their supervisor - six half hour meetings being the norm - and are expected to attend at least five of the Music Department's research seminars. The taught elements of the course develop research and writing skills, and guide the students in the writing of their extended outlines, which provide an overview of their proposed course of study and research.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper2A100Written report with supporting materials. See below
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Entire submission should be of equivalent substance to a dissertation of 5000-7000 words. The written report will usually be of a minimum of 3500 words. For a submission that consists of more than one element (e.g., portfolio plus written report) the weighting of the contribution of each component element to the mark must be agreed between the student, module leader and supervisor at the planning stage and documented in the extended outline.

The final submission will test most of the learning outcomes, depending on the research method chosen. The preliminary research proposal tests the student's ability to design a feasible project.

The nature of the specialist study project is such that students may need to submit appendices of transcriptions of interviews, evidence of press releases and advertising, classroom lesson plans, translations, or documentary information for software design, and so forth. Such texts evidence the research materials upon which the project has been based, and can easily drive the word count of the submission over the recommended limit. The degree to which such transcriptions are deemed necessary for a fair and accurate assessment to be made of the student's work is determined by the student in consultation with their supervisor where necessary

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