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Minor Thesis (MUSI90137)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMUSI90137
Year Long
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Candidate will conceive, plan and execute a research topic and produce a 12,000 word thesis, excluding bibliography, footnotes and appendices, on an approved topic.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should have:

  • Demonstrated the ability to conceive, plan and execute a substantial research project;
  • Demonstrated a capacity to think originally and independently within the chosen area of research discipline;
  • Shown a command of both standard literature and writings at the current scholarly forefront of the chosen field;
  • Shown the ability to apply the relevant research methodologies rigorously and appropriately;
  • Demonstrated the ability to write in a scholarly manner to a level acceptable for publication; and
  • Demonstrated the ability to make a clear and articulate oral presentation on their research topic.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students will have developed:

  • Intellectual curiosity, including understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of research activity;
  • Ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex concepts, and to express them lucidly whether orally or in writing;
  • Knowledge, skills and practices, which provide a basis for independent critical inquiry and research-based writing;
  • Capacity for self-directed learning and ability to plan work and use time effectively.

Eligibility and requirements


The Research Process for Musicians or equivalent. If you have not completed MUSI40064 Research Process for Musicians as an honours student, or an equivalent subject elsewhere, you will need to complete MUSI90191 Research Process for Musicians (RHD) prior to enroling in Research Essay. Students are expected to have a thesis topic and research proposal before being permitted to enrol in this subject.

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MUSI90191 The Research Process For Musicians (RHD)
Semester 1
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



A 12,000 word thesis, excluding bibliography, footnotes and appendices, due during the examination period at the end of the second semester. Hurdle requirement: a 50-minute presentation of the results of the research at a graduate research seminar.

Dates & times

  • Year Long
    Principal coordinatorRobert Nairn
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursCandidates will receive regular individual supervision as agreed with the the supervisor.
    Total time commitment240 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 May 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Year Long contact information

    Currently enrolled students:

    Future students:

Time commitment details

240 hours over 2 semesters of full time enrolment.

Further information

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    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

Last updated: 3 April 2019