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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

An early exit route from the taught MMus course.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Paul Mealor

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Master of Music (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course enables students to be creative in developing their own independent and individual ideas through an extended research project in musicology and/or composition and/or performance resulting in a substantial piece of original work. They will acquirte a range of skills, techniques and understanding enabling them to become effective researchers. The project outcome will be a 30 minute presentation of text basedm composition and/or performance materials as appropriate, which the student has comiled over the period of research. The exact nature of the project is the result of negotiation between supervisor (or supervisory team) and student, subject to the approval of the programme coordinator. As a guide, there follows follows the suggested parameters for 120 credit versions of this module (Module C): - Word limit for assessment by dissertation only is 25,000--30,000; musicology students may also include other material, such as scholarly editions of music and analytical graphs. - Assessment by composition portfolio can include music of any genre or style provided that the student can demonstrate its research value; the music can be instrumental/vocal/ and/or electroacoustic. The content of the portfolio will depend on length and complexity; it might consist of a signle large-scale work or a number of smaller pieces but as a general guide, the total duration of the music might be around 35-40 minutes. - Assessment of performance as research may involve a recital or collection of audio recordings totalling around 40-45 minutes durationl the latter is suited to projects involving, for example, performance on historical instruments in locations outside Aberdeen. In this case, recordings would have to be made specifically for the project: pre-existing commercially released recordings are not accepted.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Project (100%). student progress will be monitored through formative assessment throughout the course. This will be done, both as part of the normal monitoring of progress with the project, but also by menas of regular presentations about the student's own work. There will be a formal 30 minute presentation in January where staff will assess the research done by the student by this stage.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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