Module code: MUSM054

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the skills required for musicological work at Master’s level.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MARK Christopher (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W300

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Seminars providing a postgraduate introduction to research methods and skills and to contemporary critical theories relevant to musicological research.

  • Seminars given by visiting speakers

  • Discussions reflecting on the methodologies employed by the research seminars given by visiting speakers.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 1500-WORD WRITTEN CRITIQUE 30
Coursework 3500-WORD BOOK REVIEW 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of key issues in recent musicological debates.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • 1500-Word Written Critique (30%)

  • 3500-Word Book Review (70%)

Formative assessment

1500-Word Written Critique


Detailed written feedback will be provided within three weeks of both the submission of the formative and summative assessment.

Verbal feedback will be given to contributions during class discussions as well as individual tutorials on coursework essay plans.

Module aims

  • Development of skills in writing and oral presentation of research
  • Framing research questions
  • Development of library skills
  • Development of basic/general and specialist computer skills
  • Introduce students to issues of performative writing.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 The ability to summarize accurately and analyse critically the strengths and weaknesses of musicological arguments and debates KC
002 The ability to identify appropriate methodologies for particular issues KC
003 A critical awareness of what constitutes effective musicological writing KC
004 An understanding of what constitutes musicological evidence KC
005 Communicate and present ideas effectively PT
006 Reason critically T
007 Organise and plan own work T
008 Adopt a proactive approach to problem solving PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop students’ skills in musicology to the level required for successful work at Masters’ level.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Seminars, workshops, tutorials

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for RESEARCH TRAINING A :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music (Musicology) MMus 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.