MUS3015 : Major Specialist Study: Project

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0


This module will enable students:
to engage in an extended research project, whose mode of presentation differs from that of a conventional dissertation;
to consolidate and develop field or archival research techniques, formal methods, critical skills, and scholarly imagination;
to demonstrate professional scholarly practice;
to develop skills in writing and presentation appropriate to the chosen topic of study.

Students are recommended to arrange regular tutorials with their supervisor - six one-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.
In addition, formative assessment includes an initial proposal written over the summer vacation and a draft extended outline, which is submitted during Semester 1.

In this module you will 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, or 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 in other specialist studies.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students submit a project outline at the end of Welcome Week and are allocated a project supervisor. Six one hour one-to-one meetings with the supervisor over the course of the year to support the planning and execution of the project and the writing of the report. A series of group workshops in Semester 1 covering various aspects of the project write-up process, including planning, research, writing and referencing provide additional support, alongside a group workshop in Semester 2.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching52:0010:00seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1384:00384:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
MUS3019Minor 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 one hour meetings being the norm - and are required 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. Students make a short presentation on the progress of their research during the Finalists’ Conference which takes place during the assessment period at the end of Semester 1.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation151A2010 minute presentation of research in progress at finalists' conference, followed by 5 minute Q&A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper2A70Written report with supporting materials: see below for further information
Written exercise1A10Extended Outline
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Report2MCompulsory tutorial on progress with dissertation or project with short written report (500 words max).
Written exercise1MDraft Extended Outline
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Entire submission should be of equivalent substance to a dissertation of 10-12,000 words. The written report will usually be of a minimum of 6000 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 oral presentation is a 'staging post' to assess the student's progress in advance of commencing work on the final submission.

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