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Legal Notice 41 of 2014 – Malta Government Gazette 19,204 – 31 January 2014


EDUCATION ACT
(CAP. 327)

Bye-Laws of 2014 in terms of the General Regulations for University Postgraduate Awards, 2008 for the Degree of Master of Music – M.Mus. - under the auspices of the School of Performing Arts

IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred upon him by articles 74 (5) and 75 (6) of the Education Act (Cap. 327), the Chancellor of the University of Malta has promulgated the following bye-laws made by the Board of the School of Performing Arts in virtue of the powers conferred upon it by article 7(b)(v) of the Statute for the School, which bye-laws have been approved by the Senate of the University of Malta:

Citation and Interpretation

1. (1) These bye-laws may be cited as the Bye-Laws of 2014 in terms of the General Regulations for University Postgraduate Awards, 2008 for the Degree of Master of Music – M.Mus. - under the auspices of the School of Performing Arts.
 
(2) In these bye-laws, unless the context otherwise requires – 

“the Board” means the Board of the School of Performing Arts;

“the Course” means the programme of study leading to the degree of Master of Music – M.Mus.;

“the Degree” means the Degree of Master of Music – M.Mus.; 

“the Principal Regulations” means the General Regulations for University Postgraduate Awards, 2008; and 

“the School” means the School of Performing Arts.

Applicability

2. These bye-laws shall be applicable as from 1st June, 2013 onwards.

Areas of Specialisation

3. The Course shall be offered in the following areas of specialization:

Composition, Performance, Musicology, and Ethnomusicology.

Requirements for Admission

4. (1) The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of: 

(a) a Bachelor degree in Music Studies or in the areas of specialization indicated in bye-law 3, from this University, obtained with at least Second Class Honours; or

(b) a Bachelor degree in Music Studies from this University with at least  Category II; or

(c) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be comparable to the qualifications listed in sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) of paragraph (1) of this bye-law.

(2) The admission of applicants under sub-paragraphs (b) and, if necessary, (c) of paragraph (1) of this bye-law may be made conditional on the results of an audition/interview conducted for the purpose, or the submission of essays/musical compositions.

(3) Interviews, when necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members appointed for the purpose.

5. Applicants may submit their application form, together with a comprehensive research proposal that includes the compositional tools and techniques in the case of the Degree by composition, and the analytical tools and performance practices in the case of the Degree by performance, at any time of the year.  

Preparatory and Supplementary Programmes
 
6. (1) Applicants admitted under sub-paragraph (a) of paragraph (1) of bye-law 4 who wish to focus on an area of specialization different from that followed in the Bachelor (Honours) degree, but do not possess either the skills or the knowledge to take up postgraduate studies in that area, shall be required to follow a Preparatory Programme, comprising not less than 30 ECTS credits as directed by the Board, and to obtain an overall average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration as regular students in the Course.

(2) Applicants admitted under sub-paragraphs (b) and, if necessary, (c) of paragraph (1) of bye-law 4 may be required to complete a preparatory programme, comprising not less than 30 ECTS credits as directed by the Board, and to obtain an overall average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration as regular students in the Course. 

(3) In cases where applicants lack essential knowledge in particular areas not covered in their first degree, the Board may require students admitted to the Course to follow and pass supplementary study-unit/s in the particular area to which a maximum of 12 ECTS credits are assigned, in addition to the programme of study specified in bye-law 8.
(4) The Board may grant students full or partial exemption from the requirement of the Preparatory Programme if it is satisfied, following an interview, that the student has reached the required standard for direct entry to the Course.
Course Duration

7. The Course shall extend over three semesters of full-time study or six semesters of part-time study.

Programme of Study

8. The programme of study shall comprise study-units to which a total of 90 ECTS credits shall be assigned, of which 10 ECTS credits shall be assigned to taught study-units relevant to the area of specialization chosen.

Submission of Portfolio of Composition/s or Performance Programme and Dissertation 

9. (1) Not less than three months before the intended date of submission, students following the area of specialization in composition and performance shall apply to the Board for permission to present the portfolio of composition/s and a  dissertation in case of the former, or programme notes and a dissertation in case of the latter.  Before giving permission, the Board shall consult the students’ supervisor and shall ascertain that the period of study conforms with that stipulated in the Principal Regulations.

(2) When submitting a portfolio of composition/s students shall include a signed declaration that the entire portfolio is their own personal work and that it has been done after their registration for the Degree.

(3) The dissertation must on no account have already been submitted for any qualification elsewhere, and must not have been published independently by the student, entirely or substantially.

Examination of Portfolio of Composition/s or Performance Programme and Dissertation

10. (1) In the area of specialisation of composition, the portfolio of compositions and supporting dissertation for the Degree shall be examined by a Board of Examiners appointed for the purpose by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board in terms of the Principal Regulations.  The portfolio of compositions and dissertation shall be assigned 80 ECTS credits.

(2) Students in the Course by composition shall also sit for a viva voce examination focusing on their composition portfolio and dissertation. 

(3) After examining the portfolio of compositions, the dissertation and conducting the viva voce examination, the Board of Examiners may refer the portfolio and/or dissertation back to the student for revisions which are to be completed by a time as specified by the Board, which period shall not normally be longer than six months. 

(4) After the student has completed the required revisions, s/he shall apply to the Board for permission to resubmit the revised portfolio and/or dissertation for re-examination. 

(5) On the basis of a second viva voce examination and the revised portfolio and/or dissertation, the Board of Examiners shall submit a final report to the Registrar recommending the award or withholding of the Degree.

(6) If no revisions are required, the Board of Examiners shall submit a final report to the Registrar recommending the award of the Degree.

(7) In the area of specialisation of composition, a student who fails to satisfy the Board of Examiners in the viva voce examination may, at the discretion of the Board of Examiners and with the permission of the Board, be re-examined orally within a period of six months.  Such permission shall be granted once only.

11. (1) In the area of specialisation of performance, the dissertation and programme notes must be examined and re-submitted with amendments, if necessary, before the actual final performance takes place. The viva voce examination shall focus on both the programme notes and the dissertation.

(2) Following the viva voce examination, the Board of Examiners may refer the dissertation and the programme notes back to the student for amendments.

(3) In the area of specialisation of performance, if a student does not show a complete mastery of technique and interpretative skills, the Board of Examiners may request a repeat of the performance after a time decided upon by the Board of Examiners. There shall only be a single repeat performance for the purpose of examination.

Dissertation Format and Presentation

12. For the Degree by composition, the student shall be required to submit the copies of the original portfolio of works on regular A3 music sheets with all works soft-bound as a unit.  The dissertation shall be of not less than 15,000 words in length, exclusive of notes, bibliography, and appendices. In computing the mark obtained in the assessment of the deliverables by the student, the dissertation shall have a weighting of 25% while the portfolio of works shall have a weighting of 75%.

13. For the Degree by performance, the student shall be required to submit the programme notes and a dissertation that shall be in the standard document format and shall be of not less than 15,000 words in length, exclusive of notes, bibliography, and appendices.  In computing the mark obtained in the assessment of the deliverables by the student, the dissertation shall have a weighting of 25%, while the portfolio of works shall have a weighting of 75%.

14. For the Degree by research in musicology/ethnomusicology, the student shall be required to submit a dissertation that shall be in the standard document format and shall be of not less than 40,000 and not more than 50,000 words in length, exclusive of notes, bibliography and appendices. 

15. Students shall submit copies of their work for all members of the Board of Examiners to the Head of the Music Department for forwarding to the Board of Examiners.

16. After the portfolio, programme notes and dissertation are approved, the student shall submit them in hard-bound form within not more than six weeks from the publication of the result.

17. Any expenses related to the performance, dissertation and portfolio of compositions are to be borne by the student.

Award of the Degree

18. The Degree shall be awarded to students who satisfy all the criteria in any one of the following areas of specialisation:

(a) by composition:  successfully pass the taught study-units for which 10 ECTS credits are assigned, present a dissertation and a portfolio of new and original compositions followed by a successful viva voce examination for which 80 ECTS credits are assigned; or

(b) by performance:  successfully pass the taught study-units for which 10 ECTS credits are assigned, present a dissertation, and programme notes followed by a successful viva voce for which 20 ECTS credits are assigned, perform three public recitals for each of which  20 ECTS credits are assigned.  The recitals shall be assessed by at least three members of the Board of Examiners.  They shall use standard criteria and shall assign a mark and grade which shall contribute towards the final result.  The final recital shall be recorded; or

(c) by musicology/ethnomusicology:  successfully pass the taught study-units for which a total of 10 ECTS credits are assigned and present a dissertation containing an original and significant contribution to knowledge, followed by a successful viva voce examination, for which 80 ECTS credits are assigned.

Classification of the Award

19. The Final Weighted Average Mark for the purpose of the classification of the Degree shall be based on the results obtained in all the components of the programme of study, and shall be weighted as follows:

Composition:
Taught study-units: 10% of the global mark; portfolio of compositions and dissertation: 90% of the global mark. 

Performance:
Taught study-units: 10% of the global mark; programme notes and dissertation: 20% of the global mark; three recitals, of equal weighting and totaling 70% of the global mark. 

Musicology/Ethnomusicology:
Taught study-units : 10% of the global mark and dissertation study-unit: 90% of the global mark.

Special Provisions for Part-Time Studies

20. The provisions of the foregoing bye-laws shall apply mutatis mutandis to studies followed on a part-time basis, and subject to such changes as may reasonably be deemed by the Board as necessary due to the part-time nature of the Course.






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