Music Dissertation (W3071)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Drawing on recent developments in the field, this module will introduce you to the methodological and theoretical knowledge and understanding as well as the research, writing and presentation skills required for advanced musical studies. The group seminars will also: a) introduce you to advanced use of the electronic library and bibliographic software for undertaking a literature review of your chosen dissertation topic; b) guide you in how to adapt current musicological approaches to your chosen dissertation topic; c) prepare you for your assessed presentation and outline plan for your dissertation.

Through tutorials with your dissertation supervisor, you will identify a case study to base your dissertation on an appropriate methodological approach. You will be guided in how to present your research effectively in a written dissertation.


100%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 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 2023/24. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: