Advanced Music Studies

Module code: W3087
Level 6
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Tutorial *, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module offers you the chance to study an in-depth musical topic specially devised by the module convenor, in order to pursue music theoretical concerns through a structured series of seminars, leading towards the research and production of an extended essay. You will be guided throughout the term by weekly in-depth two-hour seminars affording insights to the topic and relevant historical, social, cultural, political issues led by the tutor, with support through the Study Direct forum and additional contact time through office hours. The module will develop your intellectual abilities and nurture creative insights within a particular topic, thus giving you supportive insight into approaches appropriate to a broad range of advanced musical studies. This is an ideal choice for those seeking insights into the practice and conduct of research in music and as a preparation for individual dissertations and independent research in the Music Dissertation module of the spring term of the third year.

Module learning outcomes

  • Research through gathering, synthesis and evaluation of primary and secondary evidence in relation to in-depth study of a specified musical topic.
  • Examine assumptions critically in the light of musical evidence.
  • Synthesise inputs in order to produce an informed and compelling interpretation of musical evidence in written form.
  • Relate an in-depth musical topic to its historical, social, cultural, political, philosophical, economic and other context.