Learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Apply the best practices of local, national and international standards in their professional performance in their chosen specialisation;
  • Pursue an informed program of independent further study in their chosen area of specialisation in music;
  • Provide leadership in the profession in their chosen area of specialisation in music;
  • Use current technologies and assimilate the potential of emerging technologies to facilitate and heighten the dissemination of skills, knowledge and information;
  • Value and participate in projects requiring team-work.

On completion of the Musicology or Ethnomusicology stream, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge in the area of their research in music;
  • Present their research in publishable form or work towards incorporating their findings in further research;
  • Proceed to the PhD if their MMus thesis has demonstrated appropriate research potential;
  • Apply the experience gained in their training to the practical needs of society as appropriate.

Course Description

The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music has proposed major changes to the Master of Music by research courses currently offered. If this change is approved, the Master of Music courses by research will become one course: the Master of Music (Research). For most discipline areas this will not change the course entry requirements, nor will it change the actual courses. We are doing this to simplify our course offerings and make it easier to distinguish research Masters from coursework Masters. If you have already applied for entry to a research Masters in 2019, your application will be assessed and it is likely offers will be for the new course.

The Master of Music (Musicology/Ethnomusicology) is a research degree in which students undertake research in Musicology or Ethnomusicology.

Musicology and Ethnomusicology candidates undertake a research project and prepare a thesis which may be presented as:

  • A study of approximately 30,000-40,000 words embodying the results of significant research

Or

  • A transcription and edition of a substantial body of music together with a critical study of between 10,000-20,000 words on the music edited.

Or

  • A minor thesis of 20,000-25,000 words and 3 elective subjects.

Candidates also participate in the weekly Postgraduate Seminar.

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