Arts: Music MRes

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject and are required to submit a sample of written work.
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Module details

Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered

Please note: programme and module details are illustrative and subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Research Resources (SOTA701)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To develop skills of independent research, including use of library resources and electronic databases. To identify key primary and secondary resources relevant to the student's field of research. To develop detailed knowledge of existing scholarly debates relevant to the student's field of research.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of library resources, electronic databases and other scholarly resources (where appropriate) for purposes of independent research.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate scholarly judgement in the identification of appropriate primary and secondary sources as part of a research project.

(LO3) Students will develop detailed knowledge of existing scholarship, debates and theoretical and/or methodological perspectives in their chosen field of research.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

(S2) Improving own learning/performance - Record-keeping

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S7) Time and project management - Project management

(S8) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S9) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

(S10) Information skills - Information accessing: [Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

(S11) Information skills - Record-keeping

(S12) Research skills - All Information skills

(S13) Skills in using technology - Information accessing

(S14) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility

Feasibility Study (SOTA702)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To produce a preliminary and preparatory essay based on the student's area of research.

To define the scope, methodology and boundaries of the student's research project.

To develop the student's skills of critical writing through the development of a coherent and appropriate academic voice.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge of and engagement with the existing scholarship within the proposed area of research.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate a coherent methodology appropriate to the area of research.

(LO3) Students will begin to make an original contribution to the area of research through detailed engagement with primary and/or secondary sources as appropriate.

(LO4) Students will strengthen their communication skills in written work through the development of an appropriate and coherent academic voice.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning.

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures.

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation.

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – persuading.

(S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills).

(S7) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

(S8) Time and project management - Personal action planning.

(S9) Time and project management - Project planning.

(S10) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.

(S11) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation.

(S12) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification.

(S13) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

(S14) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis.

(S15) Information skills - Critical reading.

(S16) Information skills - Evaluation.

(S17) Research skills - All Information skills.

(S18) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity.

(S19) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc).

(S20) Skills in using technology - Information accessing.

(S21) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative.

Dissertation (SOTA703)
LevelM
Credit level120
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To produce an extended piece of research in an Arts-based subject.

To develop specialist subject knowledge in the student's chosen area of research.

To gain experience of postgraduate-level academic research in the Arts, with a view to possible future progression to doctoral research.

To make an original contribution to knowledge in the field of the Arts.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will acquire detailed specialist knowledge in their chosen field of research and will be able to make an original contribution to knowledge in that field.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of research methodologies in the Arts, as appropriate to the chosen field of research.

(LO3) Students will demonstrate the ability to present original research in a coherent written form, including the use of an appropriate academic voice and accuracy in presentation in referencing.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures.

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation.

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – persuading.

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills).

(S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

(S7) Time and project management - Personal action planning.

(S8) Time and project management - Project planning.

(S9) Time and project management - Project management.

(S10) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.

(S11) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation.

(S12) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification.

(S13) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

(S14) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis.

(S15) Information skills - Critical reading.

(S16) Information skills - Evaluation.

(S17) Information skills - Record-keeping.

(S18) Information skills - Information accessing:(Locating relevant information) (Identifying and evaluating information sources).

(S19) Research skills - All Information skills.

(S20) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity.

(S21) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc).

(S22) Skills in using technology - Information accessing.

(S23) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative.

(S24) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility.

Major Composition Portfolio (MUMA701)
LevelM
Credit level120
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

T his module aims to/seeks to: 1) provide students with an opportunity to work closely with a professional composer to compose, write and perform their creative works 2) prepare students for the expectations and demands of professional composition 3) develop knowledge/skills in musical composition - both in acoustics and / or live electronics 4) support a wider agenda for research into musical composition within the academy.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Knowledge of compositional tools (instruments, hardware and software)

(LO2) Refined ability to engage with / instruct performers

(LO3) To learn to prepare score-based / audio materials

(S1) Adaptability

(S2) Communication skills

(S3) IT skills

(S4) Organisational skills

(S5) International awareness

Training for Music and Research (MUMA722)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:200
Aims

- To work through the stages preliminary to research / composition activity  - To diagnose and remedy any research weaknesses, - To introduce a full range of music-specific research skills vital to completion of the MRES in Arts (Music)

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Preparation to research / compose in the current climate of academy music

(LO2) Confidence in leading discussion with music researchers / professionals

(LO3) Undertaking the work preliminary to research in music

(LO4) Acquaintance with required hardware, software and methods

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) Ethical awareness

(S3) Leadership

(S4) Commercial awareness

(S5) International awareness


Students undertaking the Music pathway must complete either module SOTA703 (a Dissertation) or MUMA701 (a composition-based project).