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 musicology of 6,000 words (or equivalent in notation, visual documentation, or analytical diagrams), two copies of which must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of the tenth week of Michaelmas Term, to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Music, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford [For students starting from MT 2015: , and a pdf of the work must be emailed to the Academic Administrator].

    • Part 1b: an essay of 6,000 words, normally on a topic of the candidate’s choice. Two copies of the essay must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 10 of Hilary Term to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Music, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford [For students starting from MT 2015: , and a pdf of the work must be emailed to the Academic Administrator]. [For students starting before MT 2015: A portfolio of appropriately assessed language work that is directly relevant to the candidate’s intended field of research may substitute for Part 1b with the approval of the Masters Course Convenor which must be sought by noon on Friday of the first week of Michaelmas Term.]

    • Part 1c: an essay of 6,000 words, normally in response to an elective seminar. Two copies of the essay must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 7 of Trinity Term to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Music, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford [For students starting from MT 2015: , and a pdf of the work must be emailed to the Academic Administrator].

    • [For students starting from MT 2015: A portfolio of appropriately assessed language work that is directly relevant to the candidate’s intended field of research may be substituted for Part 1c with the approval of the Masters Convenor which must be sought by noon on Friday of the fourth week of Michaelmas Term.]

      [For students starting before MT 2015: Part 1d: an essay of 6,000 words, normally on a topic of the candidate’s choice. Two copies of the essay must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 7 of Trinity Term, to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Music, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford.]

    • Part 2: a dissertation of not more than 13,000 words (this word limit including footnotes but excluding 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 the third week of Hilary Term. Two typewritten copies of the dissertation or edition must be submitted, not later than noon on the Tuesday of the tenth week of Trinity Term, to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Music, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford [For students starting from MT 2015: , and a pdf of the work must be emailed to the Academic Administrator].

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

    • Part 1a: a performance of not more than ten minutes’ duration, 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, normally on a topic of the candidate’s choice. Two copies of the essay must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 10 of Hilary Term to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Music, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford [For students starting from MT 2015: , and a pdf of the work must be emailed to the Academic Administrator].

      Part 1c: an essay of 6,000 words, normally in response to an elective seminar. Two copies of the essay must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 7 of Trinity Term to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Music, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford [For students starting from MT 2015: , and a pdf of the work must be emailed to the Academic Administrator].

      [For students starting before MT 2015: Part 1d: an essay of 6,000 words, normally on a topic of the candidate’s choice. Two copies of the essay must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 7 of Trinity Term, to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Music, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford.]

    • Part 2: a recital of not more than thirty minutes’ duration, vocal or instrumental, of at least two contrasted pieces, to be performed not later than the tenth week of Trinity Term. Two possible programmes must be submitted for approval to the Masters Course Convenor, Faculty of Music, by noon on Friday of third week of Hilary Term. Candidates will be informed of the examiners’ choice of programme by Friday of eighth week in the same 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, two copies of which must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of the tenth week of Michaelmas Term, to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Music, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford.

      Part 1b: an essay of 6,000 words, normally on a topic of the candidate’s choice. Two copies of the essay must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 10 of Hilary Term to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Music, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford [For students starting from MT 2015: , and a pdf of the work must be emailed to the Academic Administrator].

      Part 1c: [For students starting before MT 2015: an essay of 6,000 words, normally in response to an elective seminar. Two copies of the essay must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 7 of Trinity Term to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Music, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford.][For students starting from MT 2015: in consultation with the student’s composition supervisor: EITHER: an essay of 6,000 words in response to an elective seminar OR an 8 minute composition in response to composition seminars. Two copies of the work must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 7 of Trinity Term to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Music, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford.]

      [For students starting before MT 2015: Part 1d: a composition of not more than eight minutes produced in response to techniques presented in composition seminars. Two copies of the composition must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 7 of Trinity Term, to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Music, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford.]

      Part 2: a musical composition or portfolio of compositions, of not more than twenty-five minutes’ duration in total, two copies of which must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 10 of Trinity Term, to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Music, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford.

  • 6.[For students starting before MT 2015: The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination. In this case the work will normally display an excellent command of the subject studied, evidence of critical understanding, and some demonstration of an original conceptual approach.][For students starting from MT 2015: Criteria for passing the degree, and for the award of a Distinction, are set out in the Examination Conventions.]

  • 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) Attendance of one of the summer elective programmes offered for the Master of Business Administration to be published by the MBA Director before the first Monday of the preceding term. Candidates would be required to undertake all assessments and receive feedback, but would not obtain credit towards the MBA. Candidates are not permitted to subsequently undertake the same elective as part of the MBA programme the following year.

    • (ii) A formatively assessed assignment of no more than 5,000 words (including all prefatory matter and appendices) supervised by the Saïd Business School academic advisor, which will relate the Master’s degree learning to an appropriate area of the MBA programme. Candidates would also be required to present a work plan related to this assignment to the 1+1 programme class.

    • (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.