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Unit information: Extended Study: Musicology in 2021/22

Unit name Extended Study: Musicology
Unit code MUSI30058
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Carter
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

Building upon the techniques acquired at Level I, this unit will offer an opportunity for detailed study of a particular area of interest in the field of historical musicology. The project (chosen from a list of broad areas advertised in advance) will result in an extended dissertation, presented according to modern, professional scholarly conventions. It will necessarily involve a substantial degree of independent study, although there will be weekly support seminars and regular tutorial supervision in which bibliographies, outlines and methodological strategies will be formulated, or drafts discussed, as relevant. While original work is not expected at this level, it is encouraged and the submitted project should demonstrate an ability to research a topic effectively and sufficiently, and to present a coherent synthesis of the research findings, both orally (in the seminars) and in the submitted dissertation.


This unit allows students who have identified a strong interest in pursuing historical investigation of music at Levels C and I to devote themselves to writing an extended dissertation on a defined topic. The topic will be chosen from a list of research areas advertised annually and fitting the interests of academic staff. Individual tutorial supervision will be provided and in addition, there will be regular work-in-progress seminars for all students taking this unit, to allow for discussion of general problematics, presentation of ideas and drafts, and formative feedback.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this unit will enable students to:

  1. devise an appropriate approach to an extended topic (with tutorial guidance, as appropriate)
  2. develop and demonstrate bibliographic skills
  3. formulate an outline of an extended topic, write draft versions and benefit from constructive criticism, tutorially and in the support seminars
  4. comment in detail and at length on a particular field of enquiry
  5. develop and display critical, synthetic and presentational skills
  6. write in a style that is concise and yet does justice to the demands of the topic
  7. develop and display the research skills required for treatment of an extensive or complex enquiry
  8. contribute effectively to seminar discussions (whether as presenter or respondent)
  9. consolidate the research and critical skills essential for postgraduate study in musicology.

Teaching Information

Work-in-progress seminars supervisions.

Participation in department research seminar

Attending concerts within the department's concert series.

Participation in group workshops and masterclasses within the Music Futures programme.

Assessment Information

80% dissertation and 20% presentation


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.