MUS41210 Graduate Colloquium

Academic Year 2023/2024

*** Not available in the academic year indicated above ***

The Graduate Colloquium is an important milestone in the MMus programme where students have an opportunity to present a twenty-minute paper to peers and faculty in a collegial environment. The topic for presentation is usually related to the student’s final dissertation topic and the colloquium provides a valuable opportunity to test ideas and receive constructive feedback.
The Graduate Colloquium takes place towards the end of trimester two and is a full-day event. Students will receive guidance on technical and organisational aspects of the colloquium from the Graduate Studies Coordinator. During trimester two, each student will choose a dissertation supervisor from among the full-time members of staff of the school and will work closely with that person in preparing the dissertation for submission in August. Students should also consult the same supervisor and avail of that person’s expertise and knowledge when preparing the colloquium paper.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module students should be able to:
- write and structure a formal academic paper of 20 minute's duration
- work within the time constraints imposed by the Colloquium format
- deliver an oral presentation/paper in a clear and audible manner
- distinguish between essential and less-relevant aspects of a topic for presentation purposes
- read, assess, digest and summarise large quantities of reading material and express complex ideas and concepts with clarity and brevity
- converse with confidence on the major questions and debates of contemporary ethno/musicological discourse

Indicative Module Content:

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
critical reading and writing, student presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Presentation: Presentation: Conference-style presentation (twenty minutes, followed by ten minutes of discussion). Week 12 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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