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
|Diploma||Outline proposal||Maximum course duration||Essays||Length (excluding references)||Appendicies||References (Havard)||Bibliography||Viva|
|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|