Music Dissertation

Module code: W3071
Level 6
30 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Dissertation

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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically discuss theoretical literature and relate it to its larger ideological and historical context
  • Interpret musical works or performances from a specific theoretical perspective
  • Use advanced research techniques (e.g. bibliography using web-based databases)
  • Present on a chosen topic using appropriate technical media (e.g. Powerpoint presentation, audio examples)