Music Honours A (MUSC4011)


The Honours BA in Music is both a completion at a high standard of an academic education in music, and a preparation for postgraduate study in music. Intending Honours students should speak to the Honours co-ordinator before enrolling. Honours requirements are: A dissertation on a topic agreed with the course coordinator, but normally negotiated by the end of the previous year in the course of MUSC3609 Musicology. A research-based creative component (performance, composition, curation) equivalent to up to 6000 words may, with permission of the supervisor, be included as an integral part of the dissertation, and a further 12 credit points in Arts or Music (subject to approval).

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2 hr Dissertation Seminar/week, plus fortnightly supervision


15,000 - 20,000 word thesis which may include a creative component equivalent to 6000 words (50%); Dissertation Seminar (20%); 12 credit points in Arts or Music units of study (30%).

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Credit results in MUSC3609, and either MUSC2631 or MUSC3699, plus a Music Major with credit average results in 36 senior music credit points., Credit average results in 36 senior music credit points.

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