Postgraduate Study Programmes

Honours BA Music

The Honours BA Music is a one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) programme with elective modules in a variety of music disciplines.

Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree with music subjects or an equivalent qualification. Students who only completed History of Music for the Bachelor's degree will not be admitted to Honours studies in Music.
  • NEW from 2021: A laptop or equivalent device to participate in learning and assessment activities.
  • Candidates who wish to choose Practical Music as one of the elective modules have to audition in the instrument of their choice. A well-balanced programme of approximately 20-25 minutes, consisting of works that are representative of various styles, genres and languages, has to be presented to the panel.
  • All elective module selections are subject to approval.

Applications close annually on 30 September for admission in the following year.

Curriculum

Compulsory modules Elective modules (choose 3)

MUSH671 Research Methodology [12 credits]

MUSH672 Research Essay [32 credits]

MUSH673 Historical Musicology

MUSH674 Social Musicology

MUSH675 Didactics: Practical Music Tuition

MUSH676 Group Music

MUSH677 Practical Music Studies (e.g. singing, wind instruments, string instruments, keyboard instruments, choral conducting)

MUSH678 Research in Music Education

MUSH679 African Music

MUSH680 Community Music

[28 credits each]

Module descriptions

MUSH672 Research Essay
This module consists of writing a research essay of limited scope and presenting a paper at a postgraduate seminar. In consultation with a designated supervisor, students will critically interrogate sources of knowledge, choose appropriate research methods, collect and analyse data, and present coherent arguments in drawing logical conclusions.

MUSH673 Historical Musicology
In this module, students will throroughly examine selected subjects focusing on musicians and/or genres of music, and in the process develop their knowledge, comprehension, and research and communication skills (both oral and written). Previous subjects included: The Career and Music of Radiohead, Progressive Rock, Maverick American composers, The Concept Album.

MUSH674 Social Musicology
Social Musicology treats music as a form of action and expression that shapes human life. Its focus broadens from the personal musical experiences of the student to an overview of music as culture.

MUSH675 Didactics: Practical Music Tuition
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to function independently as responsible and competent music educators, with integrated theoretical knowledge of the theories and strategies used to teach a specific instrument. Students should also have the necessary advanced skills to critically assess and apply that knowledge within a teaching and learning environment.

MUSH677 Practical Music Studies
This module entails the weekly practical lesson with an assigned lecturer in the student's instrument of choice. The student will prepare a well-balanced concert programme of 50-60 minutes (depending on the instrument/vocal studies) representing a variety of styles and including a substantial ensemble work, all to be presented at the end of the year during a public performance.

MUSH679 African Music
This Honours level African music module is designed to provide students with in-depth analytical, theoretical and practical experience of selected musical cultures from across the African continent. Students will learn about the music of the New Year’s Carnival of Cape Town, Xhosa musical bows, mouthbows of eSwatini and Zimbabwe, the lamellophones of Zimbabwe, xylophones of Mozambique and Uganda, and the dance musics of Angola and DRC.

MUSH680 Community Music
This module provides students with the skills needed to develop a critical understanding of the emergent field of community music in the South African context. Students will be required to leverage this critical understanding to evaluate community music practices in the South African context. Through their practical experience, together with their theoretical knowledge, students will learn to choose appropriate strategies to solve problems community music facilitators face within the South African context.

Cost of Tuition

Approximately R42,000 for the programme (based on 2021 fees)

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MMus in Musicology (dissertation)

Entry Requirements

  • A BMus degree or Honours degree in Music.
  • Students must obtain a minimum of 70% for the BMus IV assignment.
  • Students may only choose a topic from a subject that they have completed up to BMus IV level.
  • Students may be requested to present their BMus IV assignment to the research committee for approval to continue with their studies.
  • A student will only be admitted to the programme after he/she has presented the research committee with a brief proposal that describes the specific theme and objectives for the dissertation.
  • A student may be expected to discuss the proposal with the research committee.
  • If students should be unable to comply with these requirements for a specfic reason, they may obtain permission to present the research committee with acceptable proof that they are sufficiently prepared to continue with their studies.
  • NEW from 2021: A laptop or equivalent device to participate in learning and assessment activities.

Applications close annually on 31 October for admission in the following year.

Curriculum

Dissertation [180 credits].

With the approval of the relevant entity's research committee and Faculty Executive Committee, a student may present articles that have been submitted for publication to an accredited journal, for examination in lieu of a dissertation.

Cost of Tuition

Approximately R20,000 per year (based on 2021 fees)

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MMus in Musicology with Applied Music Studies (mini-dissertation & modules)

Entry Requirements

  • A BMus degree or Honours degree in Music.
  • Students must obtain a minimum of 65% average for academic subjects in the final year of BMus.
  • Students must obtain a minimum of 65% for the BMus IV assignment.
  • Students may only choose a topic for their mini-dissertation from a subject that has been completed up to BMus IV level.
  • Students may be required to present their BMus IV assignment to the research committee for approval to continue with their studies.
  • A student will only be admitted to the programme after he/she has presented the research committee with a brief proposal that describes the specific theme and objectives for the dissertation. A student may be expected to discuss the proposal with the research committee.
  • If students should be unable to comply with these requirements for a specfic reason, they may obtain permission to present the research committee with acceptable proof that they are sufficiently prepared to continue with their studies.
  • NEW from 2021: A laptop or equivalent device to participate in learning and assessment activities.

Applications close annually on 31 October for admission in the following year.

Curriculum

  • Mini-dissertation [90 credits].
  • Community Music [45 credits].
  • Applied music studies [45 credits].

In this degree, students will be required to actively participate in a community music project and to write articles about some aspect of the project or their participation in the project.

Cost of Tuition

Approximately R20,000 per year (based on 2021 fees)

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MMus in Musicology with Music Performance (mini-dissertation & concert programmes)

Entry Requirements

  • A BMus degree or Honours degree in Music.
  • Students must have obtained a minimum of 70% for the BMus IV practical performance module.
  • Students must have obtained a minimum of 65% for the BMus IV assignment.
  • Students must appear for a practical audition and present a repertoire list.
  • Students may only choose a topic from a subject that they have completed up to BMus IV level.
  • A student may be required to submit his/her BMus IV assignment to the research committee for approval to continue with his/her studies.
  • A student will only be admitted to the programme after he/she has presented the research committee with a brief proposal that describes the specific theme and objectives for the dissertation.
  • Students may be required to discuss their proposal with the research committee.
  • If, for specific reasons, students are unable to comply with these stipulated requirements, they may be granted permission to present the research committee with sufficient proof that they are adequately prepared for the continuation of their studies.
  • NEW from 2021: A laptop or equivalent device to participate in learning and assessment activities.

Applications close annually on 31 October for admission in the following year.

Curriculum

  • Research component consisting of a concert programme and a mini-dissertation [90 credits]
  • Two concert programmes [45 credits each] of at least 40 minutes (winds and singers) or 50 minutes (other instruments) each, with a total duration of 150 minutes (winds and singers) or 180 minutes (other instruments).

With the consent of the research committee of the relevant research entity and the Faculty Executive Committee, a student may substitute the submission of a mini-dissertation with an article, that will be examined and submitted for publication in an accredited journal.

Cost of Tuition

Approximately R20,000 per year (based on 2021 fees)

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MMus in Music Composition

Entry Requirements

  • A BMus degree or Honours degree in Music.
  • Students must have obtained a minimum of 70% for the BMus IV composition module.
  • Students must have obtained a minimum of 65% for the BMus IV assignment.
  • Students may be expected to present a portfolio of original compositions.
  • Students may only choose a topic for their dissertation from a subject that they have completed up to BMus IV level.
  • A student may be required to submit his/her BMus IV assignment to the research committee for approval to continue with his/her studies.
  • A student will only be admitted to the programme after he/she has presented the research committee with a brief proposal that describes the specific theme and objectives for the dissertation.
  • Students may be required to discuss their proposal with the research committee.
  • If, for specific reasons, students are unable to comply with these stipulated requirements, they may be granted permission to present the research committee with sufficient proof that they are adequately prepared for the continuation of their studies.
  • NEW from 2021: A laptop or equivalent device to participate in learning and assessment activities.

Applications close annually on 31 October for admission in the following year.

Curriculum

  • Mini-dissertation [60 credits]
  • Three portfolios of original compositions [40 credits each] of at least 20 minutes each, with a total duration of at least 75 minutes.

With the consent of the research committee of the relevant research entity and the Faculty Executive Committee, a student may substitute the submission of a mini-dissertation with an article, that will be examined and submitted for publication in an accredited journal.

Cost of Tuition

Approximately R20,000 per year (based on 2021 fees)

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DMus with Music Performance

Entry Requirements

  • A Master's degree in music performance with an average mark of 65% for both the practical and written components, respectively.
  • A practical audition and the submission of a repertoire list for approval.
  • NEW from 2021: A laptop or equivalent device to participate in learning and assessment activities.

Applications close annually on 31 October for admission in the following year.

Curriculum

  • Formal assignment [120 credits]
  • Four concert programmes [60 credits each] of at least 40 minutes (winds and singers) or 50 minutes (other instruments) each, with a total of 200 minutes (winds and singers) or 240 minutes (other instruments).

With the consent of the research committee of the relevant research entity and the Faculty Executive Committee, a student may substitute the submission of a formal assignment with an article submitted for examination and publication in an accredited journal.

Cost of Tuition

Approximately R21,000 per year (based on 2021 fees)

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DMus with Music Composition

Entry Requirements

  • A Master's degree in Musicology/Composition obtained with an average mark of 65% for both the composition portfolios and mini-dissertation, respectively.
  • The presentation of a portfolio of of original compositions and at least one sound recording.
  • NEW from 2021: A laptop or equivalent device to participate in learning and assessment activities.

Applications close annually on 31 October for admission in the following year.

Curriculum

  • Formal assignment [120 credits]
  • Four portfolios of original compositions [60 credits each] of at least 20 minutes each, with a total duration of at least 100 minutes.

With the consent of the research committee of the relevant research entity and the Faculty Executive Committee, a student may substitute the submission of a formal assignment with an article submitted for examination and publication in an accredited journal.

Cost of Tuition

Approximately R21,000 per year (based on 2021 fees)

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PhD in Visual and Performing Arts with Music

Entry Requirements

  • Master's degree in Music passed with a minimum of 65%.
  • If it is a taught Master's degree, the candidate must present the research committee with sufficient proof that they are adequately prepared for the continuation of their studies.
  • NEW from 2021: A laptop or equivalent device to participate in learning and assessment activities.

Applications close annually on 31 October for admission in the following year.

Curriculum

Thesis [360 credits].

With the approval of the relevant entity's research committee and Faculty Executive Committee, a student may present a series of articles that has been submitted for publication to accredited journals, for examination in lieu of a thesis.

Cost of Tuition

Approximately R21,000 per year (based on 2021 fees)

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