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Project Degree, Musical Performance, Composition 30 credits

Examensarbete, Musikalisk gestaltning, Komposition
Second cycle, F7037G
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Patrik Häggqvist, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Arts, Communication and Education 13 Feb 2015

Last revised
by Patrik Häggqvist, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Arts, Communication and Education 14 Feb 2020

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 - Composition 1 (H7015G), Musical Performance - Composition 2 (H7014G) 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 composer; 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 composer
  • to independently apply knowledge and insights gained in the area of composition, with regard to artistic expression and reflection on impressions
  • 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 Composition, the student must demonstrate:

  • an ability as a practising composer to express artistic originality for all types of ensembles,
  • an ability to reflect on expressions and put this into a personal, artistic and identity-creating context,
  • an ability to conduct all the work that can apply to a composer from the delivery of the score to the artistic performance including public presentation. 


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. 


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 a score or an audio or video recording, or a combination of these; other presentation forms can also be included, such as a concert or other public performance, or an installation. The artistic component shall be documented in a suitable format considering the nature of the work. 

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.


Stefan Östersjö

Transition terms
The course F7037G is equal to F7023G

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
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 Arts, Communication and Learning

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

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.

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