Dissertation (Music MA) (805W3)

60 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

All year

This dissertation module will comprise individual supervisions with a tutor who will be allocated to you once your proposed topic has been agreed.

You will complete a dissertation title proposal form at the end of the spring term and this will be considered and agreed by the MA convenor in consultation with the appropriate tutor. Your choice of topic will stem from your specialisms and interests as defined by the pathway you have taken in earlier semesters. The dissertation must be 18,000 words long and it should demonstrate critical thinking and the ability to evaluate and analyse scholarship and music and sonic practices. It should articulate advanced insights into music and/or sonic art, and its wider context.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 600 hours of work. This breaks down into about 5 hours of contact time and about 595 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: