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MUS8160 : Independent Postgraduate Study in Music

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Bennett Hogg
  • Co-Module Leader: Ms Nancy Kerr Elliott, Dr Christopher Tarrant, Dr Jane Nolan, Professor Kirsten Gibson, Dr Julia Partington, Ms Catriona Macdonald, Dr Mariam Rezaei, Dr Rob Mackay
  • Lecturer: Professor David Clarke, Dr Goffredo Plastino, Dr Larry Zazzo, Dr Matthew Ord, Professor Nanette De Jong, Professor Magnus Williamson, Prof. Simon McKerrell, Professor Paul Fleet, Professor Ian Biddle, Dr Charlotte Bentley, Dr Adam Behr, Dr William Edmondes, Dr Richard Elliott
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module is available to students who have a specific topic they wish to investigate that lies outside of the remit of their dissertation/major creative project, or any of the elective modules offered in any specific year.

This module is only available with DPD permission, and this decision will be informed by the students's overall research objectives, prior learning, and in liaison with the potential supervisor of the independent study.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students propose, structure and carry out a research project in musicology or creative practice. Work is carried out independently with the support of fortnightly small group and / or one-to-one tutorials with an assigned supervisor, or otherwise, as per arrangement with the supervisor. The supervisor is assigned according to relevant expert knowledge and experience at the start of the programme.

For projects in creative practice, there are no set restrictions as to the medium or the means employed. Students are encouraged to explore and embrace new, even prototypical/experimental means of dissemination – emphasis is placed on the cultural viability of a project and having a clear idea of what it is trying to achieve and/or who (in terms of audience) it is intended for.
For projects in musicology, there is no restriction on the topic or field of study, other than the limitations of staff expertise to supervise the topic.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching102:0020:00Seminars (if several students are participating) and/or individual supervision meetings (PIP or SO)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1180:00180:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module requires the bulk of the work to be carried out through private study. Supervisions offer guidance, feedback and monitoring of progress. Seminars, where more than one student is participating, offer the opportunity for students to share ideas.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A100A single submission of an essay of 4000 words or equivalent.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Mode of assessment will vary according to the nature of the project, but will be agreed through either the option of a guided elective module, or the submission of a research proposal for a creative project.

For musicology projects this will typically be a written research project. For projects in creative practice, this might be a portfolio of scores or an anthology of recordings or other media products, a live performance, or some combination of these.

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