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Unit Overview


The units MUSC4140 Music Honours Research 1 and MUSC4141 Music Honours Research 2 enable students to undertake in-depth study in one of the specialisations: musicology, composition, performance, liturgical music, or electronic music and sound design.

Students will write their own creative/research contracts detailing assessment components and weightings. The LMS specifies mandatory minimum requirements and general guidelines for creative contracts, and students are encouraged to discuss these with the honours coordinator prior to enrolment. All contracts must be approved by principal teacher/supervisor, head of area, and honours coordinator.

As a guide, creative contracts comprise a variety components presented across semester one and two such as written dissertations, oral presentations, compositions of new works, performances.

The Music Honours Research units are taken over two successive semesters and both MUSC4140 and MUSC4141 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2

12 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 in musicology, composition or performance; (2) confidently and skilfully pursue music research using appropriate methods; (3) present for examination a research thesis (i.e. dissertation or creative object) that approaches or reaches professional standards; (4) musicology students: present a research paper at a Conservatorium of Music research seminar; and (5) musicology students: participate in discussion at weekly Conservatorium of Music research seminars.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: dissertation (or portfolio) as detailed in approved creative/research contract and graded at the completion of 24 points of dissertation units. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Cecilia Sun
Unit rules
for Music Honours Research (musicology): an average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Music Studies major, or equivalent.
for Music Honours Research (composition
or performance): a mark of at least 70 per cent for the portfolio/recital/examination component of MUSC3542 Principal Studies 6, or equivalent.
for Music Honours Research (electronic music and sound design).
a mark of at least 70 per cent for the creative research project component of MUSC3572 Sound Art: Major Project, or equivalent.
Contact hours
specialised instruction or supervision: one hour per week
  • 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.