Postgraduate Study Programmes

Honours BA Music

The Honours BA Music is a one-year 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.
  • 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.

Curriculum

Compulsory modules Elective modules (choose 4)

Research methodology [8 credits]

Research essay [32 credits]

Historical Musicology

Social Musicology (only presented in alternate years)

Didactics: Practical Music (only presented in residence)

Group Music

Practical Music (only presented in residence)

Research in Music Education

African Music (only presented in residence)

Community Music

[28 credits each]

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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.

Curriculum

A 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.

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MMus in Musicology (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.

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.

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MMus in Music Performance

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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DMus in 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.

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.

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DMus in 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.

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.

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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.

Curriculum

A 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.

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