Module code: MUS3077

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop a further degree of independence in the conception, design, and completion of a musicological, compositional, or performance project, with guidance from a supervisor.


Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

WILEY Christopher (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

Independent Learning Hours: 141

Lecture Hours: 1

Seminar Hours: 1

Tutorial Hours: 5

Guided Learning: 1

Captured Content: 1

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

The content is self-generated by students, since each develops the idea for their project individually and with supervisory support

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) 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:

- independence in the planning, research, and completion of a large-scale individual project 

- ability to identify a topic/compositional technique/performance repertoire suitable for treatment in a project of this scope

- ability to identify and critique relevant secondary literature

- knowledge/understanding of your chosen topic/technique/repertoire.

The summative assessment for this module consists of the following options:

5,000-word musicological essay


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


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

Formative assessment

• Non-assessed presentations or performances; essay plan; supervisor tutorial comments


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

• Written feedback in the form of annotations on your drafts or comments on non-assessed performances will be provided by the supervisor

Module aims

  • - enable students to engage with issues in musicology, composition, or performance of their own choosing at a level of detail and to an extent not otherwise offered on the programme
  • - develop advanced research and creative skills, and to integrate them into a meaningful and coherent project
  • - further instil independence of thinking and study, in order to develop resourcefulness, initiative, cultural awareness and capabilities, ability to locate and process advanced digital sources, and employability through all of these transferable skills

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 The ability to write an appropriate abstract for a large-scale project KT
002 The ability to undertake advanced research and assemble a detailed and precise bibliography KT
003 The ability to explain and analyse in detail aspects of a topic chosen in consultation with the module co-ordinator KCT
004 Explain and analyse in detail aspects of a topic chosen in consultation with the module co-ordinator KC
005 The ability to work independently T
006 The ability Produce cogent written argumentation; to perform or compose music at an advanced level T
007 The ability to identify problems and solve them T
008 The ability to undertake research and analysis integrated with creative practice KCPT
009 The ability to create and present compositions of a professional standard (composition) P
010 The ability to demonstrate a range of technical/musical skills appropriate to the 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 completion of a 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 

  • Individual tutorial with module leader to identify the project's topic

  • Group tutorials 

  • Individual supervisions

  • Individual study

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


The Department of Music and Media is committed to developing graduates with attributes encompassing employability, digital skills, global and culture awareness, sustainability as it relates to music and the wider arts and, finally, resourcefulness and resilience.

This module provides opportunities to engage with these attributes in myriad ways including:

Resourcefulness and resilience:

Resourcefulness in developing skills of learning, researching, discussing and writing (including advanced use of digital sources)

Cultural and global capabilities:

Cultural awareness and capabilities through engaging in a scholarly context with the range of topics addressed in the module.


Professional and academic skillset within the topic areas in order to enhance post-degree employability.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music BMus (Hons) 2 Optional 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 2025/6 academic year.