Musicology Honours A (MCGY4611)


Musicology Honours is both a completion at a high standard of undergraduate education in musicology, and a preparation for postgraduate study in musicology. Intending Honours students are encouraged to use their third-year Free Choice units to study a language which may be relevant to their proposed Honours research area. Students should consult the Chair of Unit before applying. The Honours student prepares a dissertation on a topic normally negotiated by the end of the previous year in the course of MCGY3606 Musicology 6 and outlined in a written proposal. Following submission of the dissertation the student presents a spoken paper on the dissertation topic and is expected to respond to questions posed from the floor by examiners and audience members. Other Musicology Honours requirements are attendance and participation in the Dissertation Seminar during the first semester; attendance and participation at Musicology Workshop during both semesters; and a further 12 credit points of approved units of study. With the permission of the Chair of Unit, the approved units of study may be taken in the Faculty of Arts. Ongoing study of a language relevant to the student's research is particularly encouraged. Musicology Honours students should aspire to a standard of research suited to publication in a national refereed musicological journal.

Further unit of study information


2-=hr Dissertation Seminar/week in semester 1, Musicology Workshop seminar/week, weekly supervision, 12 further credit points in advanced Analysis and History units of study.


Submission of a written thesis of 15,000 to 18,000 words and a 40-minute public presentation of a paper based on the thesis (60%); Musicology Workshop and Dissertation Seminar (20%); 12 credit points in advanced analysis and history units of study or other advanced units as approved by the Coordinator (20%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


Distinction average in (MCGY3605 and MCGY3606), and credit average results in all academic units.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.