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Diploma in Ethnomusicology

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  • Objectives
    To acquaint the student with world musics and to give training in the methods of analysing such musics in their social and cultural contexts.
  • Entry requirements
    Entrance Requirements Applicants for the Graduate Diploma in Ethnomusicology should normally hold the minimum entry requirement of a second class honours degree in Social Anthropology or Music, or an honours degree in another subject, as well as a qualification or practical experience in music or dance: professional musical credentials and experience may be acceptable as a suitable alternative to a primary degree. Additional Information for International Students Students for whom English is not their first language would normally require an IELTS score of 6.5.
  • Academic Title
    Diploma in Ethnomusicology
  • Course description
    Course Content
    In Semester 1, students will take the 110ETH101 and 110ETH203 and either 110ESA302 or 110ESA201. In Semester 2, students will take 210ESA301 and 320ETH320 and either 210ETH309 or 210ETH306 or 210ETH318. Note that 320ETH320 is a double weighted module (equivalent to two of the other modules).

    -World Music Cultures (110ETH101)
    -Key Debates in Ethnomusicology (110ETH203)
    -Hypermedia and Ethnographic Representation (210ESA301)
    -Project (320ETH320)

    -Performance, power and passion (110ESA302)
    -The Anthropology of modern dance (110ESA201)
    -Music of Southeast Asia (210ETH318)
    -Music of Brazil (210ETH306)
    -Popular music and culture (210ETH309)

    Various methods of assessment are used. Candidates must satisfy the examiners in all assessment requirements of the modules. The pass mark for each module will be 40 per cent. Candidates who pass all modules and who achieve an overall average of 60 per cent or over, will be eligible to receive a pass with commendation.

    Written examination, assessed essays, and practical ensemble performance and project work. With the approval of the Head of School, an extended essay on an agreed topic may substitute for one of the written papers.

    Special Features
    The School supplies additional training through postgraduate and school seminars. Overall monitoring and evaluation of progress of research students is carried out by the School Postgraduate Committee, which also deals with all issues arising from postgraduate admissions and changes of enrolment.

    Opportunities for Careers
    Our postgraduates have gone on to pursue careers in a wide range of fields, such as research (both academic and non-academic), teaching, music therapy, consultancy, development and charity work, museum and heritage posts, journalism and radio broadcasting. Among those who have pursued academic careers, not all have done so within Ethnomusicology; several have taken posts in related disciplines.

    Others have found positions within governmental and non-governmental organisations overseas. For information about the MA in Ethnomusicology (Interdisciplinary Arts) please see the Interdisciplinary Arts entry.

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