Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerpen
Research Project459/3123/2324/1/11
Study guide

Research Project

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • Postgraduate Music - composition
In other study programme:
  • Postgraduate Music - chamber music as Research Project
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 15 credits
It is not possible to enrol in this course unit under
  • credit contract.
  • exam contract (to obtain a credit).
  • exam contract (to obtain a degree).
Co-ordinator: Van Kerkhoven Joost
Other teaching staff: Couck Nico, Senden Yves
Languages: Dutch
Scheduled for: Academic year
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).


There are no prerequisites for this course.
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: You have to pass this course unit (will never be deliberated).
Total study time: 450,00 hours

Learning outcomes (list)

See learning outcomes of the regular OLOD in the ECTS-sheets of Master in music.

Course content

Read the vademecum!
Preferably, the research project links up with an artistic or (music) theoretical course unit. For example, analytical research linked to the composition programme. A student should find a supervisor who is willing to supervise his/her project. At least one Conservatoire teacher should always be involved in this project; it is possible to collaborate with a supervisor 'from home' (e.g. an artistic or business leader, a programmer, a department head, a university professor, ...), but then an additional co-supervisor connected to the Conservatoire must be found. The student starting a research project submits an abstract briefly presenting his/her research topic and the choice of supervisor. The research project can be presented in various forms (e.g. lecture recital, concert, video, CD, presentation, portfolio of relevant activities, combination or mixed form, ...), and is always accompanied by a written report.

Study material (text): Mandatory

Laptop, “Instruction Papers” (cf. webstek)

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Artistic praxis10,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours440,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeArtistic practical assessment100,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodArtistic practical assessment100,00

Evaluation (text)

Evaluation forms:
Continuous evaluation + assessment of the research project per se

Evaluation standards: With regard to research projects, evaluation is carried out by supervisor, any co-supervisor(s), and an independent adjudicator; the choice of this independent adjudicator is made by the supervisor, in consultation with the Chair of the Research Council and the Research Coordinator.

The assessment of the final thesis is twofold:
- the supervisor gives a point out of 20 regarding the permanent evaluation of the entire project; this determines 30% of the final mark;
- the supervisor, in consultation with the possible co-supervisor(s) and the independent reader, gives a point out of 20 for the final result (assessment of the thesis as such); this determines 70 % of the final mark.
The criteria for permanent evaluation are described in the didactic stitch card of Research Project I; as regards the final thesis, the following criteria, among others, are taken into account:
. clear structure of the thesis
. style and language skills
. use of research skills (see above)
. original contribution to the research field
. evaluation to what extent the final result relates to the hypotheses and expectations formulated in the abstract.
The size (weight) of the research project in relation to the entire programme (the number of credits allocated to research project by the student) is of course also a general assessment criterion.
- to be submitted in 5 copies, plus one electronic version (as an attachment in an e-mail to:
- style guidelines: 1.5 line spacing, font 11 - there is a possibility of an oral defence of the thesis, no obligation, at the request of the supervisor
- the thesis contains, in addition to the re-recording of any updated abstract, the following information:
. the aim of the research/project and the central question(s) and hypothesis(s)
. the artistic and/or theoretical points of departure
. the research methods
. the evolution of the project during the graduation process
. the final conclusions of the research
. a commented bibliography and/or discography
. a reflection on, and an evaluation of the importance of, the project for one's own praxis