Module code: MUSM076

Module Overview

This module seeks to advance to a high professional level individual musical practice and develop academic skills appropriate to this postgraduate level..

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MERMIKIDES Milton (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 45

ECTS Credits: 22.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 408

Tutorial Hours: 10

Guided Learning: 20

Captured Content: 12

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

The content of the module is adapted to the individual aims of each student..

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Portfolio of Works with Commentary 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop their compositional skills through engagement with contemporary compositional techniques, theories and awareness of relevant creative practice.

The formative assessment and feedback for this module consists of:

  • Feedback from tutors on developing work’

Summative assessment for this module includes

  • A commentary in the range of 1000-2000 words (not including references), demonstrating a theoretical understanding, critical reflection and contextual awareness of your particular musical and/or musicological practice. (Learning outcomes 1-2, 4-6, 8-12)

  • A portfolio of works demonstrating a professional level of skill in academic writing, analysis and/or idiomatic realisation and critical awareness. (Learning outcomes 1-5, 7-12)

Detailed feedback on the written commentary and portfolio of works are given (with a breakdown of strengths and weaknesses) in written format in order to enhance continuing your practice and research..

Module aims

  • To prepare and present a portfolio of works, demonstrating control and awareness of relevant contemporary practice and research, and to provide, in support, a document that discusses pertinent aspects of your work.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate a level of musical technique appropriate for your specialism(s), including versatility and appropriate handling of material. KP
002 Independently conceive, develop and realise your work. CKPT
003 Present your work to a high professional standard appropriate to the appropriate media (recording, score etc) PT
004 Demonstrate detailed knowledge of techniques, media and repertoires relevant to the particular sphere of work. CKP
005 Gain the necessary training and experience preparatory to further postgraduate study. CKPT
006 Provide a written account of your practice that is contextual aware, theoretically informed, and insightfully reflective. CKP
007 Take responsibility with minimum direction. CKPT
008 Demonstrate detailed knowledge of aesthetic and cultural debates relevant to the particular sphere of work. CK
009 Understand and exhibit a high level of critical awareness of the approach adopted and of its relationship to practice relevant to the particular sphere of work CKPT
010 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques/methodologies applicable to your work. CKPT
011 Show originality in problem solving T
012 Demonstrate independent and self-critical learning. T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

You and your tutors will work together to prepare a portfolio and a supporting written document..

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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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music 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 2022/3 academic year.