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Master of Studies in Music

  • 1. Each candidate will be required:

    • (a) to follow for at least three terms a course of study in music;

    • (b) to specialise in musicology, performance or composition;

    • (c) to take a two-part examination (Part 1 and Part 2).

  • 2. The elements of the examination will be determined by the candidate’s chosen specialism.

  • 3. Candidates specialising in musicology will be required to submit:

    • Part 1a: an essay or exercise on issues and methods in music studies, in response to a core seminar, of 6,000 words (or equivalent in notation, visual documentation, or analytical diagrams), must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 10 of Michaelmas Term.

    • Part 1b: an essay of 6,000 words, in response to an elective seminar. The essay must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 10 of Hilary Term.

    • A portfolio of appropriately assessed language work that is directly relevant to the candidate’s intended field of research may be substituted for Part 1b with the approval of the Masters Convenor which must be sought by noon on Friday of Week 4 of Michaelmas Term.

    • Part 1c: an annotated bibliography of 4,000 words, explicitly related to the dissertation. The bibliography must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 3 of Trinity Term.

    • Part 2: a dissertation of 13,000 words (this word limit includes footnotes but excludes bibliography and appendices) in musicology or ethnomusicology, or an editorial exercise (edition), with prefatory matter, of comparable length. The topic for the dissertation or edition must be submitted for approval to the Masters Course Convenor, Faculty of Music, by noon on Friday of Week 3 of Hilary Term. The dissertation or edition must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 10 of Trinity Term.

  • 4. Candidates specialising in performance will be required to submit:

    • Part 1a: a lecture-recital consisting of a 10-minute lecture on a research topic related to a 20-minute recital, both to be given by the candidate in an examination in Week 0 or Week 1 of Hilary Term.

    • Part 1b: an essay of 6,000 words, in response to an elective seminar. The essay must be submitted, not later than noon Tuesday of Week 10 of Hilary Term.

      Part 1c: an essay of 6,000 words, on a topic of the candidate’s choice. The essay must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 3 of Trinity Term.

    • Part 2: a recital of not more than forty-five minutes’ duration, vocal or instrumental, of at least two contrasted pieces, to be performed not later than Week 10 of Trinity Term; and a programme note of no more than 1,200 words. The proposed programme must be submitted for approval to the Masters Course Convenor, Faculty of Music, by noon on Friday of Week 7 of Hilary Term.

  • 5. Candidates specialising in composition will be required to submit:

      • Part 1a: a musical composition of not more than eight minutes produced in response to techniques presented in composition seminars, which must be submitted not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 10 of Michaelmas Term.

        Part 1b: an essay of 6,000 words, in response to an elective seminar. The essay must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 10 of Hilary Term.

        Part 1c: in consultation with the student’s composition supervisor: EITHER: an essay of 6,000 words on a topic of the candidate's choice OR an 8 minute composition in response to composition seminars. The work must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 3 of Trinity Term.

        Part 2: a musical composition or portfolio of compositions, of not more than twenty-five minutes’ duration in total, which must be submitted not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 10 of Trinity Term.

    6. All submissions must be formatted and submitted as specified in the handbook for the course. The assessments must be submitted by uploading it to the University approved online assessment platform; no concomitant copy submission may be submitted, for any purpose. Electronic submissions must be received by the deadline; technical problems external to the online assessment platform will not be accepted as grounds for excusing lateness. Written work shall be submitted as word-processed files converted to PDF using the course coversheet as first page of the work, bearing on the front the candidate's examination number but neither their name nor the name of their college. Candidates must themselves retain a copy of each piece of work and must ensure that they receive the email confirming the submission and that the email is retained for future reference.

  • 7. A candidate who fails the examination will be permitted to retake it on one further occasion only, not later than one year after the initial attempt. Such a candidate whose work has been of satisfactory standard in one or more elements examined will be required to resubmit for examination the element(s) which fell below the passmark when originally examined.

Oxford 1+1 MBA programme

Candidates registered on the Oxford 1+1 MBA programme will follow an additional two or three month bridging programme at the end of their third term of the combined programme.

Each candidate will be appointed an academic advisor from the Saïd Business School to plan an individual course of study which will include as a minimum, the following three compulsory elements:

    • (i) Normally two meetings during the bridging programme with the senior advisor appointed by the Saïd Business School at the start of the Oxford 1+1 MBA programme.

    • (ii) A formatively assessed Integrative Development Plan of up to 3,000 words. Candidates would be required to critically reflect on their learning from the Masters programme and relate this both to their forthcoming MBA programme as well as to their career goals. The meetings with the advisor will frame the design, delivery and discussion of the plan.

    • (iii) Attendance of the MBA pre-course as described in the joining instructions for the MBA class, unless granted exemption by the MBA Committee on the grounds of prior formal study or work experience.