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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

MU3521, MU4020 and MU401C are three closely related courses that sit at the core of the Music and Communities Programme, and to the vocational experience the programme strives to provide.  These courses bring together both the academic and practical aspects of designing, implementing and delivering a major community based project. MU3521 is based on Judith Sachs writing on innovative professional development, which supports the writing of a major project proposal. This proposal is then negotiated and delivered in full in MU401C. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Both Sessions Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mr Christopher Gray

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • Bachelor of Music with Honours (Music and Communities) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

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What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

MU4020 Dissertation in Music and Communities provides an in-depth contextual analysis of the placement environment chosen in MU3521 and implemented in MU401C. 
Students will be supported to select a subject area which is related to their chosen field of work in MU 401C (Placement 3). This work will also seek to enhance a broad and integrated awareness of the challenges of working in a variety of music and community contexts.

The dissertation will require students to have an understanding of educational theories, community pedagogies, academic knowledge of music and the use of practical musical techniques.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Music with Honours (Music and Communities)
  • MA Computing and Music

Contact Teaching Time

18 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: Dissertation of  two x 5,000 words (one due in December and the other one in May) (100%).

Resit: Dissertation of 10,000 words (100%).

Formative Assessment

Submission of 2,500 words in total as MyAberdeen discussion forum posting(s) including appropriate comments on peers' proposals.


Formative - Written feedback will be provided by peers and tutors given through the appropriate discussion forums on MyAberdeen. Summative - Annotated scripts and written feedback forms.

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