MUSV2032 - Bachelor Thesis in Musicology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Bachelor thesis
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Bachelor thesis 100/100 1 semesters

Course content

The Bachelor's thesis in Musicology is based on an independently-chosen topic that is designed in consultation with those staff who have responsibility for the subject.

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a foundational competence in developing and conducting a longer, independently developed, written academic work. Through this course, the student will gain insights into academic skills such as text and writing comprehension, information retrieval and processing, source criticism, the collection of empirical data, and the assessment and application of relevant theories and methodologies within a limited, musicological subject area. Through their work on the thesis, the student will gain further skills that allow independent disciplinary inquiry and strong written expression.

Learning outcome

A candidate with a completed bachelor's thesis in musicology has the following knowledge and skills


A student who has completed qualification in MUSV2032

  • has knowledge about academic writing
  • has knowledge about the different reference styles that are relevant to musicological scholarship
  • has knowledge of relevant disciplinary requirements in musicological scholarship
  • has knowledge of various forms of academic texts
  • has knowledge about academic integrity, what is considered to be plagiarism, and questions of scholarly ethics
  • has knowledge about relevant methods for data collection
  • has in-depth knowledge of the subject of their bachelor's thesis
  • has knowledge of the implementation of a scholarly work


A student who has completed qualification in MUSV2032

  • has the ability to formulate, refine and delimit research problems in the field of musicology
  • can write an academic text
  • can analyse, organise and convey acquired knowledge
  • can use sources and literature in a correct way, both professionally and formally
  • can find relevant literature and sources
  • can use the subject terminology and methodologies required for musicological scholarship

Learning methods and activities

Alongside individual advisement, instruction will consist of a bachelor's thesis seminar with emphasis on an introduction to academic writing and practice, and finding and using scholarly source materials. The seminar is obligatory and demands minimum 80% attendance.

Through the bachelor's seminar and individual advisement, the student will develop a research thesis and evaluate various sources and literature. The thesis project will be presented orally in the bachelor's seminar. At the bachelor's seminar, the student will also respond to the presentations of others.

Compulsory activity mid-term evaluation

The student will be called in for a mid-term evaluation. Based on the evaluation, the supervisor considers whether the progress up to that point makes it realistic to complete the bachelor's thesis.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory attendance and active participation in the bachelor's seminar.
  • Completion of the work with the thesis and follow-up on advisement within the guidelines of the course description.
  • Mid-term evaluation

Further on evaluation

The scope of the assignment should be circa 10,000 words. The table of contents, music examples / illustrations, and literature list are in addition to these text requirements. In the event of a thesis not being approved, a new bachelor's thesis project must address a completely new problem.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Musicology (BMUSV)

Required previous knowledge

Passed MUSV1011 or MUSV1031, MUSV1012 or MUSV1032, MUSV1033, MUSV1017 and MUSV2008 or MUSV2009.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MUSV2031 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Music History
  • Musicology


Examination arrangement: Bachelor thesis

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Bachelor thesis 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Bachelor thesis 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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