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    Supervised study of an approved topic in music, involving research and leading to the presentation of an essay or music edition of between 12,000 and 15,000 words.

    This supervised study involves a written dissertation involving topics across a broad spectrum, including art, popular and traditional musics. For students new to research, we recommend taking MUSI 471 Research Methods and Approaches if not already taken at 300-level. For those interested in an ethnographic topic, MUSI 486 Community Project is recommended if not already taken at 300-level.

    About this paper

    Paper title Dissertation
    Subject Music
    EFTS 0.3333
    Points 40 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,896.71
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One of MUSI 301, MUSI 320, MUSI 323, MUSI 365, MUSI 366, MUSI 368, MUSI 369, MUSI 371, MUSI 386
    Limited to
    BA(Hons), MusB(Hons), PGDipArts, PGDipMus

    It is required that students intending to enrol in this paper apply to the Department of Music by 1 October the year previous. Acceptance into this paper is dependent upon staff availability and suitability of proposed topics. Students should discuss possible topics for their essay as soon as possible with the paper convenor, Professor Anthony Ritchie.


    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator: Professor Anthony Ritchie
    Teaching Staff: Various staff members, depending on the project undertaken.

    Paper Structure

    This paper covers research into various musicological and ethnomusicological subjects.

    Teaching Arrangements
    One hour-long supervision each week.
    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Course outline

    Please contact the School of Performing Arts office ( for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    For successful completion of this paper:

    • Students will produce an extended dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words at a high standard of presentation
    • Students will be able to undertake research independently
    • Students undertaking the dissertation need not necessarily produce new and original research, but must be able to complete a competent, independent survey of the relevant written material, composed in the student's own words, with appropriate references and bibliography
    • Students should be able to produce a dissertation that is scholarly in tone and well-structured, including an introduction, review of literature, outline of methodology and appropriate use of appendices and bibliography
    • Where relevant, students will be able to undertake ethics approval and conduct interviews, etc. in the appropriate manner


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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