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MU50EP: EXTENDED PROJECT (2019-2020)

Last modified: 25 Sep 2019 09:58


Course Overview

This 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 acquire a range of skills, techniques and understanding enabling them to become effective researchers. The project outcome will be a dissertation and/or portfolio of compositions and/or a performance recital demonstrating original 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. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Full Year Credit Points Other credits (0 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Edward Campbell

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?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The project outcome will be a dissertation and/or portfolio of compositions and/or a performance recital demonstrating original 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, the 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 stylee 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 single 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 duration; 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. Students may produce one research in one type of outcome, or combine elements of more than one. Normally students specialising in composition and/or performance will include a short dissertation in the form of a commentary providing evidence of the research underpinning and illuminating the portfolio and/or recital. The outcome of the project (dissertation, composition portfolio, recital/recording or any combination of these) will be assessed as to its quality, as will the research underpinning it.


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

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Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Project Report/Dissertation

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