Module code: MUSM061

Module Overview

This module affords students the opportunity to build on knowledge and skills acquired in Research Training, Readings in Musicology, and Case Studies in researching, planning, and executing an extended piece of writing.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MARK Christopher (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 90

ECTS Credits: 45

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W390

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

A pass in Research Training A and B, Readings in Musicology A and B, and Case Studies A and B

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Advice on overall form and topic of the dissertation.

  • Guidance on the location, selection, and interpretation of relevant source material.

  • Guidance on appropriate methodologies.

  • Advice on structuring and presentational concerns. 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework DISSERTATION (30,000 WORDS) 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate independence in the planning, research, and fulfilment of a large-scale individual project.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • 30,000-word dissertation

Formative assessment

Plans, drafts


  • Verbal feedback on your progress will be supplied in these sessions and during one-to-one tutorials during the year.

  • You will also receive written feedback from your supervisor in the form of annotations on your drafts or comments on non-assessed performances.

Module aims

  • To allow an in depth scholarly treatment of an advanced research topic.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 An awareness of sophisticated research methodologies, bibliographic resources, and professional musicological literature. KCPT
002 An understanding of a wide range of issues related to your chosen topic, and the ability to identify the most important relevant issues for yourself. KCT
003 The ability to deal with complex ideas of various natures and to communicate them clearly and effectively in writing. CT
004 An understanding of the place of the issues under discussion in your dissertation in the wider discourse of musicology. KCPT
005 The ability to organize and structure a large-scale written work with a degree of independence appropriate to Master’s level. KCPT
006 The ability to reason critically CT
007 The ability to adopt a proactive approach to problem-solving CT
008 Make decisions in complex situations CT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 885

Tutorial Hours: 15

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Engage with key debates in contemporary musicology in the planning, research, and fulfilment of a large-scale individual project.

The learning and teaching methods include:


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 DISSERTATION 90 CREDIT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/musm061

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music (Musicology) MMus 2 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.