Module Overview

Research Methods

This module helps musicians and project managers understand how to conduct research, using a variety of different methods.  This module is linked to the final project, and the research skills and methods employed will contribute to the planning and preparation of the final year Professional Project or Analytical Perspectives modules. 


Many musicians are frustrated in their ambitions, because they lack the skills to view their own and others’ work objectively. Talented individuals sometimes invest significant time and resources in projects with little commercial potential, under the illusion that ‘success’ is somehow attainable in the future.  This module can help musicians develop the skills to road-test their ideas and offer an objective assessment of their work. The ability to carry out research is an invaluable resource to musicians who wish to develop informed ideas, viable music projects and realistic business plans. 

Module Code

MUSG 3003

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Research methods in Higher Education, including research families, approaches and techniques


Devising and designing potential projects


Developing and presenting a project proposal


Generating data and interpreting findings


Key issues in research

Reliability, validity, bias and ethics

Producing a project report


This module will be delivered using a range of methods including; formal lectures with audio/visual support, small group work, seminars, presentations, coursework, in class exercises, tutor demonstrations, e-learning through the BIMM VLE and independent study and research. 

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100