Postgraduate taught 

Musicology MMus

Dissertation in Musicology MUSIC5081P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The dissertation is an independent student-led piece of academic writing in musicology developed under the supervision of a member of staff.


One briefing session, followed by five hour-long meetings with supervisor as necessary, together with self-directed study.

Excluded Courses





One dissertation of around 12-15,000 words.

Course Aims

This course aims to enable students to conduct in-depth postgraduate research in Musicology.


More specifically the course will encourage students to:

• Learn and apply theoretical approaches within Musicology

• Develop a critical understanding of the chosen topic

• Develop the capacity for more sustained postgraduate research work such as that of a PhD

• Develop written work of a high academic standard in correct and idiomatic English and appropriate formatting

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

• Plan and carry out a major research project in Musicology

• Identify research questions of sufficient depth to sustain a major piece of written work

• Critically evaluate and summarise literature in the chosen area, gathering, selecting, and assimilating complex information from sources in music and related fields

• Choose appropriate research methods and/or analysis, employing critical methodologies from current musicology in order to sustain an extended argument

• Deploy substantial knowledge of current directions in musicology, and the ability to participate in debates within the discipline

• Present research in a concise, critical and clear structure, communicating effectively

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.