President: Elizabeth Stratford
SEOs: Dr Colin Parsons MBE, Bill Thomas
General Secretary: Paul Melville
Academic Registrar: Dr Kevin Morgan
Bursar: Derek Matthews
Patrons:Dame Dr Evelyn Glennie CH DBE, Revd Canon Beaumont Brandie MBE, Prof Dr Ian Tracey, Dr Carol Williams, Dr Kemp English, Scott Farrell, Donald MacKenzie, Elizabeth Stratford, Andrew Whelan, Peter Wright

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Candidates can choose any topic related to any musical subject, theory or focus. Once the academic registrar has accepted the dissertation title and subject matter, the maximum time under each diploma level applies.

If a candidate prefers to submit more than one essay, the titles and content must not share the same source material or be on a closely-related subject.

The viva section of the examination may be conducted by post at the discretion of the examiner.

Details of the available dissertation examinations are listed below:

NMSM dissertation examinations

DiplomaOutline proposalMaximum course durationEssaysLength (excluding references)AppendiciesReferences (Havard)BibliographyViva
DipNMSM 150 words 6 months 1 4,500 - 5,000 words Optional No No No
ANMSM 200 words 9 months 1 - 2 7,500 - 9,000 words Yes Optional Yes 15 minutes
LNMSM 250 words 18 months 1 - 2 11,000 - 12,000 words Yes Yes Yes 20 minutes
FNMSM 300 words 24 months 1 - 3 13,500 - 15,000 words Yes Yes Yes 30 minutes


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