SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Extended Essay

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Term 1

This 5,000-word essay allows students to pursue independent research on approved topics of their own choice, in consultation with an assigned supervisor. (See the Guidelines for Independent Study Projects and Extended Essays.)

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

To give the student some experience of detailed research on a specified topic of their choosing, linked to their degree programme. To give the student the opportunity to engage in a smaller-sized independent research project, involving some combination of library work, fieldwork, among other elements.



Method of assessment

  • 500-word abstract, title, bibliography and outline (worth 5%)
  • One essay of 4,500-5,000 words (worth 95%)


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