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:

    • [For students starting from MT 2018: Part 1: an essay of not more than 2,500 words that provides a critical response to a single Faculty of Music colloquium or seminar event that takes place during the first four weeks of Michaelmas Term. Two typewritten copies of the essay must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 5 of Michaelmas Term, to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Music, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, and a pdf must be emailed to the Academic Administrator.]
    • [For students starting before MT 2018: Part 1a:] [For students starting from MT 2018: Part 2a:] an essay or exercise on issues and methods in [For students starting before MT 2018: musicology ] [From MT 2018: music studies, normally in response to a core seminar,] of [For students starting from MT 2018: not more than ]6,000 words (or equivalent in notation, visual documentation, or analytical diagrams), two [For students starting from MT 2018: typewritten ]copies of which must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of [For students starting before MT 2018: the tenth week ] [For students starting from MT 2018: Week 10 ]of Michaelmas Term, to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Music, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, and a pdf of the work must be emailed to the Academic Administrator.

    • [For students starting before MT 2018: 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, and a pdf must be emailed to the Academic Administrator.]

    • [For students starting before MT 2018: Part 1c:] [For students starting from MT 2018: Part 2b:] an essay of [For students starting from MT 2018: not more than ]6,000 words, normally in response to an elective seminar. Two [For students starting from MT 2018: typewritten ]copies of the essay must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week [For students starting before MT 2018: 7 of Trinity ][For students starting from MT 2018: 10 of Hilary ]Term to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Music, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, and a pdf must be emailed to the Academic Administrator.

    • A portfolio of appropriately assessed language work that is directly relevant to the candidate’s intended field of research may be substituted for[For students starting before MT 2018: Part 1c] [For students starting from MT 2018: Part 2b ]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 from MT 2018: Part 2c: an annotated bibliography of not more than 4,000 words, explicitly related to the dissertation. Two typewritten copies of the bibliography must be submitted, not later than noon on Tuesday of Week 2 of Trinity Term to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St. in Music, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, and a pdf of the work must be emailed to the Academic Administrator.]

    • [For students starting before MT 2018: Part 2: ] [For students starting from MT 2018: Part 3 ]a dissertation of not more than 13,000 words (this word limit [For students starting before MT 2018: including ] [For students starting from MT 2018: includes ]footnotes but [For students starting before MT 2018: excluding ][For students starting from MT 2018: excludes ]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 [For students starting before MT 2018: 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, and a pdf must be emailed to the Academic Administrator.

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

    • Part 1a: a [For students starting before MT 2018: performance ][For students starting from MT 2018: lecture-recital ][For students starting before MT 2018: of not more than ten minutes’ duration,  ][For students starting from MT 2018: consisting of a 10 minute lecture on a research topic related to a 20 minute recital, both] 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.

      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.

    • Part 2: a recital of not more than [For students starting before MT 2018: thirty ][For students starting from MT 2018: forty-five] minutes’ duration, vocal or instrumental, of at least two contrasted pieces, to be performed not later than the tenth week of Trinity Term[For students starting before MT 2018: ] [For students starting from MT 2018: ; and a programme note of no more than 1,200 words. ] The proposed programme must be submitted for approval to the Masters Course Convenor, Faculty of Music, by noon on Friday of third week of Hilary 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.

      Part 1c: 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.

      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. 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) Normally two meetings during the bridging programme with the senior advisor appointed by the Saïd Business School at the start of the Oxford 1+1 MBA programme.

    • (ii) A formatively assessed Integrative Development Plan of up to 3,000 words. Candidates would be required to critically reflect on their learning from the Masters programme and relate this both to their forthcoming MBA programme as well as to their career goals. The meetings with the advisor will frame the design, delivery and discussion of the plan.

    • (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.