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MUSI6033 Dissertation (MMus)

Module Overview

The Dissertation is the final stage of the MMus in Musicology, completing work started in Research Skills 2. The aim of this module is to complete a dissertation of 20,000 words on a topic of your choice.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Provide you with an opportunity to undertake sustained research into a musical subject of your own choosing. • Contribute to your understanding of the processes of scholarly research. • Encourage you to undertake, with appropriate supervision, independent work, including identifying and using appropriate resources.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Primary and secondary literature related to your topic
  • Your own personal approach to the analytical or critical problems you have identified in relation to existing material
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Manage a large-scale independent research project
  • Present the results of independent research in a standard humanities format
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of specialist materials appropriate to your topic
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Show evidence of synthesising existing scholarly writing in your area
  • Demonstrate an original personal analytical or critical approach to your topic
  • Argue and substantiate your conclusions to the research questions you have identified

Syllabus

The Dissertation is the final stage of the MMus in Musicology, completing work started in Research Skills 2. Most of this work takes place over the summer, and should be largely independent; students should, however, meet their supervisors over the summer for supervision (at least 2 and no more than 4 meetings). Students may submit a complete draft of the dissertation to the supervisor for comment during the period 15 July-15 August preceding the final deadline, by negotation; dates for the submission and return of the draft should be agreed between student and supervisor by 15 June. Supervisors’ comments will primarily address questions of organisation, emphasis and argument. In addition, supervisors may supply detailed commentary on prose style for a short section of the draft to act as a model for prose revision in the remainder of the dissertation. (Supervisors will not, however, edit prose style for the entire dissertation, principal responsibility for which remains with the student.)

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Individual tutorials (2-4 sessions) and email/ paper comments on draft material Learning activities include • independent study and writing Individual tutorials provide regular intensive sessions that are designed around student need and demand. Independent study and writing develops the ability to make autonomous decisions about research questions and priorities, aiding the development of an original approach to the chosen dissertation topic.

TypeHours
Teaching10
Independent Study740
Total study time750

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback ? tutor comments on draft material (including chapter outlines, working bibliographies and plans for oral presentations)

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  (20000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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