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Project Degree, Musical Performance, Conducting 30 credits

Examensarbete, Musikalisk gestaltning, Dirigering
Second cycle, F7036G
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Musical Performance
Subject group (SCB)
Operatic Stagecraft and Characterization
Main field of study
Musical Performance

Entry requirements

Musical Performance - Conducting 1 (E7005G), Musical Performance - Conducting 2 (E7006G) and Artistic Research Processes: Theory and Method (C7010G)

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

This course’s overall objective is for the student to demonstrate an ability

  • to compose a major artistic research degree project at the Master’s level in musical and written form, based on his/her own activities as a conductor; and
  • to examine similar work in a reflective discussion.

In his/her degree project, the student shall demonstrate an ability

  • to investigate and reflect on musical-artistic questions tied to one’s own artistic activities as a conductor
  • to independently apply knowledge and insights gained in the area of conducting, regarding for example interpretation, gestures, rehearsal methodology, analysis, etc., depending on the chosen subject for the degree project
  • to put one’s own work in a broader artistic and knowledge-based context
  • to apply relevant research methods
  • to seek and apply knowledge relevant to the work on his/her own initiative
  • to communicate the insights gained in a professional manner in writing, orally and music.

For the specialisation of Conducting, the student must:

  • demonstrate an ability to independently learn repertoires in a reflective and personal interpretation,
  • have acquired gestures that enable a natural communication with various ensemble constellations,
  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge in rehearsal techniques, a practical ear, form and work analysis and stage preparation. 


The degree project shall include an artistic musical production as a substantial component. A question is formulated in relation to this production that is addressed with methods relevant to the chosen subject. This project is presented in both musical and written form. The written presentation shall have the nature of independent reflection and/or investigation. The artistic production and the written presentation shall be well integrated and form a coherent whole.

The student shall actively participate in discussions and complete and present assignments at seminars. Such assignments may, for example, concern presentation of literature or examination of components of other students’ on-going independent projects. 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.

The course is primarily carried out as a degree project in the form of

  • preparations of one’s own musical production
  • one’s own research work, including literature study
  • presentation of one’s own written and musical production.

The degree project is supported through

  • artistic supervision and text supervision
  • seminars where, among other things, one’s own and others’ on-going degree projects are discussed.

The artistic component of the degree project shall comprise an audio or video recording or a concert or another public performance, possibly in combination with other forms of presentation, such as a score or an installation. The artistic component shall be documented in a suitable format considering the nature of the work. 

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The degree project shall be presented in its entirety for discussion at a public final review. The final review takes place with opposition and the student shall him- or herself participate in opposition for another degree project within the course.

Examination 1 - The master´s thesis is discussed and approved in part time seminar 1 - 10 credits
Examination 2 - Approved as opponent and respondent in part time seminar 2 and final thesis seminar - 5 credits
Examination 3 - The master´s thesis is approved - 15 credits

To pass the course the student shall participate in compulsory meetings and seminars as well as register the thesis according to LTUs rules.


Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETKS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Stefan Östersjö

Transition terms
The course F7036G is equal to F7023G

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 1
Literature that is needed for the degree project is chosen individually by the student in consultation with supervisors. Literature can also be given as an assignment in seminars according to the seminar leader’s decision.

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Examination 1U G#10.00MandatoryA19
0003Examination 2U G#5.00MandatoryA19
0004Examination 3U G VG *15.00MandatoryA19Yes

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Guidelines for degree project » 
Syllabus established
by Patrik Häggqvist, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Arts, Communication and Education 13 Feb 2015

Last revised