Module code: MUS3077

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop a further degree of independence in the conception, design, and fulfilment of a musicological, compositional, or performance project.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MCGRATH John (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 3

Independent Learning Hours: 141

Seminar Hours: 1

Tutorial Hours: 5

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Dissertation: none Composition: Composition 2A or 2B with a mark of at least 60%, or permission from Module Leader. Performance: Performance 2A or 2B with a mark of at least 60%, or permission from Module Leader.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • An initial plenary session in which the purpose of the module will be outlined and advice given on planning and suitable topics.

  • An initial tutorial with the module leader to determine your topic and supervisor.

  • Presentations and discussions of aspects of your work in group tutorials with students undertaking cognate topics.

  • Tutorials with your supervisor.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Musicological essay OR Composition Project and essay OR Performance Project and essay (each option is weighted 100%) 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

your independence in the planning, research, and fulfilment of a large-scale individual project; your ability to identify a topic/compositional technique/performance repertoire suitable for treatment in a project of this scope; your ability to identify and critique relevant secondary literature; and your knowledge/understanding of your chosen topic/technique/repertoire.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of the following options:

5,000-word musicological essay


Portfolio of compositions 10 to 15 minutes and 2,000-word essay


Solo Performance 10 to 15 minutes and 2,000-word essay

Formative assessment

• Non-assessed presentations or performances; essay plan.


• 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

  • Enable you to engage with issues in musicology, composition, or performance your own choosing at a level of detail not otherwise offered on the programme;
  • Foster an ability to structure an extended piece of writing

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Write an abstract KT
002 Research and write a detailed and precise bibliography KT
003 Organise and structure a large-scale piece of written work employing the appropriate research methodology KCT
004 Explain and analyse in detail aspects of a topic chosen in consultation with the module co-ordinator KC
005 Demonstrate the ability to work independently T
006 Produce cogent written argumentation T
007 Deconstruct of problems T
008 Carry out research and analysis in support of creative practice
009 Create compositions of a professional standard (composition) P
010 Employ a range of technical/musical skills appropriate to your repertoire (performance) C

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop a high degree of independence in the planning, research, and fulfilment of an large-scale individual project.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • A plenary session outlining the aims and methods of the module and the range of topics available. (1 hour lecture)

  • Groups discussion/presentation - 3 hours

  • Tutorials - 5 hours

  • Individual study - 141 hours total

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
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music BMus (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% 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 2019/0 academic year.