Postgraduate taught 

Musicology MMus

Introduction to Musicology MUSIC5060

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course introduces students to the history of and current debates in musicology. Students will be able to explore and discuss different methods and approaches in the field and its various sub-disciplines.


10x1hr weekly lecture

10x1hr weekly seminar

5hs tutorials on presentations and essays.


Essay of 3500 words, submitted at the end of the course. 70%

Presentation of 15 min, given during the course. 30%

Course Aims

The course aims to provide students with intensive exposure to historical and current approaches and methods in musicology and its various sub-disciplines. It is taught within a subject area with leading figures from a range of approaches and it will reflect this diversity and vibrancy. More specifically, the course aims to:

■ Give students a comprehensive knowledge of past and present directions within Musicology, as evidenced in relevant publications

■ Encourage students to develop a critical understanding of the academic study of Music at postgraduate level, including a broad range of approaches and repertoire

■ Enable students to develop a specialisation in terms of repertoire, sub-disciplinary area and methodological approach

■ Improve students' analytical, writing and presentation skills in the context of researching Music at postgraduate level

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ analyse a broad range of musical repertoires as culturally meaningful practices or texts

■ apply relevant theoretical and methodological approaches to a range of musical repertoires in a self-reflective and meaningful manner

■ critically evaluate and discuss musicological publications from a broad range of eras, areas and approaches

■ contextualise their own work in relation to the discipline as a whole and its various traditions, methodological approaches and sub-disciplinary areas

■ express complex ideas lucidly in writing and orally

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.