Dissertation - CMAT6060

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 30 (15) Paul Fretwell checkmark-circle


The module presents an opportunity to undertake research on a specific topic in music studies/music technology working largely alone, and to present in a structured form the results of that research. The research may be of an empirical or library based nature, or a combination of each. It will provide students with an opportunity to profit from pursuing studies outside of taught courses; to develop the student's interest in areas of and approaches to music studies, which may not be covered in taught courses if agreed by their tutor. Therein lies the opportunity to be assessed on the basis of skills different from those required for a traditional examination. This is also an opportunity to demonstrate organisational and planning skills together with initiative.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 16
Independent Study Hours: 284
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
The module will be assessed through the following:

1) Draft and Plan (1500 words) 20%
2) Final Dissertation (6000 words) 80%

Reassessment methods
The module will be re-assessed through the following:

1) Final Dissertation (6000 words) 100%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Baxter, L., Hughes, C. and Tight, M. (2001) How To Research. (2nd edition) Buckingham: Open University.
Bell, J. (2014) Doing Your Research Project. (6th edition). Buckingham: Open University.
Denscombe, M. (2017) The Good Research Guide. (6th edition) Buckingham: Open University.
Rudestam, K. and Newton, R. (2007) Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide To Content And Process. (3rd edition) London: Sage.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1) demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of one specialist area in music/music technology studies;
2) select and employ appropriate humanities research methods to gather information;
3) analyse and critically evaluate research findings, forming relevant and meaningful conclusions in the chosen field of musical study;
4) produce a detailed academic dissertation in music/music technology studies, which includes appropriate specialist terminology, clear presentation and correct referencing
of sources.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1) apply and transfer the research skills they have developed during the module;
2) demonstrate an ability to work on a large-scale piece of work over an extended period of time;
3) engage in critical self-reflection and evaluation of work in progress;
4) communicate effectively using formal language.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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