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Paper 5: Dissertation

Aims and objectives

The dissertation gives undergraduates an opportunity to engage in research on a subject of their choice.

Description of the course

The dissertation should be of not fewer than 7,000 and not more than 10,000 words (excluding bibliography and appendices, but including footnotes), on a musical subject of the candidate’s choice, which falls wholly or substantially outside the subject or subjects chosen by the candidate for any other paper. The subjects chosen are extraordinarily diverse, and each student’s progress is supported primarily by means of supervisions. However, the Faculty provides two introductory lectures, one at the end of the Easter term in the year before, and another during Michaelmas term, concerning the choice and definition of a topic, and the process of writing and editing. There will be an opportunity after the first lecture to discuss your choice of topic (or, if you have not yet made one, the possibilities you have in mind) with the lecturer. 

Candidates will be discouraged from choosing subjects that are likely to involve extra costs, such as travel costs, and will be allowed only to choose subjects for which supervision is available in Cambridge. Candidates are reminded that the weight of the dissertation should be directed towards a musical topic.

Co-ordinator: Sam Barrett

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