Annex 2

Regulations for Masters Degrees by Research

The Regulations and Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes (“the Regulations and Code”) will apply to the following research degrees: Master of Music, Master of Philosophy and Master of Science, except where separate provision is made below.

1. Qualification for the degree: general statement

A candidate qualifies for the degree by:

a)    pursuing research for a period as specified in Section 4.3 of the Regulations and Code;

b)    submitting a dissertation embodying the results of this research;

c)    an oral examination and approval of the dissertation by examiners appointed by the University; and

d)    satisfying any formal requirements set by the faculty or a sponsor for a curriculum of advanced study, or for satisfactory performance in prescribed work, during the period of Masters Degree by Research registration.  Such contractual requirements will be clearly stated before admission.

The criteria for award of a Masters degree by research are in Annex 7 and the assessment process is in Section 9 of the Regulations and Code.

There are specific regulations for the MPhil in Musical Composition and the Master of Music (MMus) in Section 5 of this annex below.

2. Submission of dissertation

Submission before the end of the minimum period is only possible with the approval of the relevant Graduate Education Director.  Early submission will not affect tuition fee liability.

Except where an extension of the period of study has been granted, the dissertation must be submitted for examination by the end of the period of study. A candidate whose period of study has been extended must submit their dissertation no later than the end of the extended maximum period of study.

3. Length of dissertation

Dissertations should not exceed 30,000 words, excluding references, appendices and list of contents. Unnecessary length in a dissertation may be to the candidate’s disadvantage.

Dissertations for the MPhil degree in the Faculty of Arts should not exceed 25,000 words, excluding references, appendices and lists of contents. The MPhil in Musical Composition and the Master of Music have different requirements as set out in Section 5 of this annex below.

4. Transfer of registration

The Masters Degree by Research programme may include opportunities for candidates to transfer registration to a doctoral award, subject to satisfactory progress and the overall maximum study period for the doctorate.

5. Specific regulations for MPhil in Musical Composition and Master of Music (MMus)

Candidates for the degrees of MPhil in Musical Composition and MMus will submit a portfolio of compositions for a variety of forces. A proportion of the portfolio will have been performed, and recordings should be included with the submitted scores. Electronic and mixed media submissions of equivalent merit and extent are equally permissible. The commentary will provide an intellectually rigorous account of the composer’s creative landmarks and the nature of their contribution to the field of contemporary composition. It will elucidate issues of importance to the candidate (e.g. constructional, cross-cultural, technological, sociological or other) and demonstrate awareness of the broader context within which the work is situated.

5.1 The degree of MPhil in Musical Composition requires:

a)    A portfolio of compositions (normally two or three) totalling c. 25 – 35 minutes of music.

b)    An analytical/contextual commentary on the portfolio (normally totalling 4,000 - 5,000 words excluding references, appendices and lists of contents). The commentary will be appropriately referenced and will include a bibliography (including a list of repertoire studied, i.e. scores and other media).

c)    Approval of these submissions by examiners appointed by the University.

5.2 The degree of MMus requires:

a)    A portfolio of compositions (normally four or five) totalling c. 50 – 70 minutes of music.

b)    An analytical/contextual commentary on the portfolio (normally totalling 8,000 - 10,000 words excluding references, appendices and lists of contents). The commentary will be appropriately referenced and will include a bibliography (including a list of repertoire studied, i.e. scores and other media).

c)    Approval of these submissions by examiners appointed by the University.