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Unit Overview


In this unit students undertake a music research project.

I. Performance, composition, liturgical music, and electronic music and sound design streams students produce a research portfolio on an approved topic. This involves:

(1) study under supervision of a project relating to the literature or techniques of music; and

(2) submission of an extended research paper (4,500–6,000 words) that approaches or reaches professional publication standard; and

(3) presentation of a research paper at the Conservatorium of Music Honours and postgraduate seminar.

II. Musicology stream students choose one of the following three options:

(1) Complete a music research portfolio as outlined above. Students must research a topic different from the research undertaken for MUSC4140 Music Honours Research 1 or MUSC4141 Music Honours Research 2, OR

(2) Complete a music research portfolio that extends the research undertaken in MUSC4140 Music Honours Research 1 or MUSC4141 Music Honours Research 2 (4,500–6,000 words), OR

(3) Complete a creative project in performance and/or composition. Students will write their own creative contract detailing the assessment components. The contract is subject to approval by the student's principal teacher, head of area, and honours coordinator.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) critically and creatively engage with ideas relating to a specific area of music research; (2) confidently and skilfully pursue music research using appropriate methods; (3) according to specialisation stream, present for examination an extended research paper (4500–6000 words), or creative contract components, that approach or achieve professional presentation standards; (4) present a research paper at a Conservatorium of Music research seminar; and (5) participate in discussion at weekly Conservatorium of Music research seminars.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: research or creative portfolio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr. Cecilia Sun
Unit rules
Successful completion of
Unit(s) MUSC4103 Introduction to Music Research
Contact hours
Supervision: 6 x 30-minute sessions per semester
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.