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.


100%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.