Honours Research Project

Course code MUSI4604
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


This course will involve the preparation, production and presentation of a substantial music project that will lay the foundation for a career in music research or the music profession. It is designed for students who reach a high level of achievement within the undergraduate program and external students of comparable ability. The course involves the presentation of a research topic be it in performance, creative practice or more traditional approaches such as a thesis. A topic based in performance or creative practice must be combined with a written component called the exegesis. Area of research may potentially include any topic within the discipline of music subject to the availability of a supervisor. The exact nature and scope of the honours project is to be discussed in consultation with the student's supervisor.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Detailed understanding of the key issues and concepts relating to their chosen field of study;

2. Detailed knowledge of materials and sources relating to their chosen field of study;

3. Ability to critically analyse and historically and aesthetically contextualise ideas relevant to their research project;

4. Ability to formulate and develop a research study through a suitable research method

5. Ability to complete an extended research thesis or dissertation at Honours level OR a written exegesis with an accompanying creative project at Honours level;


This course will involve the preparation and production of a substantial thesis. The overall thesis may consist of a research thesis (approximately 15,000-18,000 wds) OR a creative work and exegesis (equivalent length). The number of words in relation to the creative or performance component is flexible ranging between 30% and 70% for either the written and practical components. The student will be required to undertake independent research on a topic of their choice within the discipline of music in consultation with an appropriate supervisor and subject to approval by the Program convenor.

Assumed Knowledge

MUSI4402 MUSI4401

Assessment Items

Thesis: Dissertation and Creative Project

Contact Hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 37 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term