Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Music in Musicology

Qualification code: 99308
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 96473
APS/AS: 20
The degree must have a total of 30 modules: 8 on NQF level 5; 11 on NQF level 6 and 11 on NQF level 7. MAJORS: CST & MHS. This qualification replaces the previous BMUS curriculum (02070-N10) which was phased out at the end of 2012. Students retain credits for the modules relevant to this qualification. Students who passed DVA1601 will retain credits for DVA1502, HSY1501 will retain credits HSY1511, and PSY2604 will retain credits for PYC2614. ENN103F has been replaced by ENG1503, students who have already passed ENN103F may not register ENG1503. New modules (MHS2613, MHS2614, MHS3713 and CST3714) are replacing four old modules (MHS2601, MHS2605, MHS3705 and CST3701). Only students who previously registered for and failed one of the old modules are permitted to register for these old modules. Students currently in the old programme will have until 2023 to finish this programme, with 1st level subjects offered until the end of 2018, 2nd level until the end of 2019, and 3rd level until the end of 2020. Opportunities to re-register for failed subjects will be offered for four years after the end of each level, with an additional year to take supplementary and special exams, i.e. until the end of 2021 for 1st level, 2022 for 2nd level and 2023 for 3rd level. Thereafter, students will be transitioned into the new programme. Students who have completed less than 50% of the old programme will be transitioned into the new programme in 2019 (1st level) and 2020 (2nd level). Students who have completed more than 50% of the old programme will have until 2024 to complete their degrees and will be permitted to finish this qualification, uninterrupted, as per the policies and rules of the University. There are certain special cases for particular modules, as shown below: In 2020, you will be able to transition into the new programme by registering for CST2611. BA electives: Students, who have completed up to 24 credits of BA modules in terms of the electives for the Bachelor of Music in Musicology at 1st level, or 36 credits at 2nd level, will be exempt from a similar number of credits for specific modules in the new Bachelor of Music degree. At 1st level, students with 12 credits will be exempt from AFL1501: Language through an African Lens. Students with 24 credits will be exempt from ALF1501 plus PYC1501: Basic Psychology. At 2nd level, students with 12 credits will be exempt from WLL2602: Film, Literature and Society. Students with 24 credits will be exempt from RSC2601 and PLS2601: Critical Reasoning. Students with 36 credits will be exempt from RSC2601, PLS2601 and MNB1501: Business Management 1A.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to provide qualifiers with graduate-level knowledge, professional skills and applied competence relating to music scholarship, musical teaching and/or performance, in such a way as to provide continued personal intellectual growth, gainful economic activity and a valuable contribution to society.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.
Qualification offered until 2023, and ONLY for students previously registered for this qualification.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2020 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CST1511 - Music Theory and Composition I
CST1512 - Music Technology
INS1502 - Developing Information Skills for Lifelong Learning
MHS1511 - Early Music to Baroque
MHS1512 - Introduction to African Music
Group B. Select 1 module from the following:
AFK1501 - Voetspore: Op reis deur die Afrikaanse Letterkunde
AFK1503 - Contemporary Afrikaans: Language Studies and Written Communication
AFL1502 - African Language and Culture in Practice
AFL1504 - Language and Communication Skills Acquisition in an African Language II Pre-requisite:AFL1503
AGE1501 - Introduction to Archaeology
AHS1511 - Ancient Mythology in Context
AIS1501 - Introducing Applied Information Science
AIS1503 - Introducing Information Records and Sources
ANH1502 - Roman Ancient History
APY1501 - Anthropology in a Diverse World
ARB1501 - Elementary Arabic
ARH1501 - Visual Literacy
ARH1502 - Introduction to Art History
ATC1502 - Mythology of the Ancient Near East
ATC1601 - Introduction to the Ancient Near Eastern Culture
CGM1501 - Invitation to Theology
CGM1502 - First Steps in Practical Theology Co-requisite:CGM1501
CLS1502 - Ancient Rome: Society, Myth and Literature
CMM1501 - Ethics and Life Co-requisite:CGM1501
CMM1502 - The Dynamics of Mission Co-requisite:CGM1501
COM1501 - Fundamentals of Communication
COM1502 - Communication Contexts and Applications
DVA1501 - Introduction to Development Studies
DVA1502 - Development Problems and Institutions
ECH1501 - Introduction to Early Christian Literature, Theology, History and Archaeology Co-requisite:CGM1501
ENG1501 - Foundations in English Literary Studies
ENG1502 - Foundations in English Language Studies
FRC1501 - French Language and Culture: Beginners
FRC1502 - French Language and Culture: Lower Intermediate Pre-requisite:FRC1501 or FRC101Q or Equivalent
HRV1601 - Human Rights, Values and Social Transformation
HSY1511 - Africa in the World: Historical Perspectives
HSY1512 - Southern Africa Until the Early 1800s: Encounters and Transformations
ICS1501 - An Introduction to Islam
INS1501 - Introduction to Information Science
IPC1501 - Fundamentals of International Politics
IPC1502 - South Africa in International Politics
KSK1601 - Introduction to Creative Writing: A Practical Course Pre-requisite:THL1501 & THL1502 or THL801U & THL802V
LIN1501 - Grammatical Patterns and Concepts
LIN1502 - Multilingualism: the Role of Language in the South African Context
OTS1501 - Introduction to Ancient Israelite Literature Co-requisite:CGM1501
OTS1502 - Introduction to Biblical Archaeology
PLC1501 - Politics as Social Activity
PLC1502 - Understanding the State
PLS1501 - Introduction to Western Philosophy
PLS1502 - Introduction to African Philosophy
PTU1501 - Portuguese Language and Culture: Beginners
PTU1502 - Portuguese Language and Culture: Lower Intermediate Pre-requisite:PTU1501 or PTU101M
PYC1501 - Basic Psychology
PYC1502 - Psychology in Society
RST1501 - Introducing Religions of the World
SOC1501 - Community, Society and Inequality in a Globalised World: Introduction to Sociology
SOC1502 - Understanding South Africa: Families, Education, Identities and Inequality
THL1501 - Introduction to Theory of Literature
THL1502 - Introduction to Literary Genres
TIC1501 - Reflections of Faith Co-requisite:CGM1501
Group C. Select 1 module from the following:
AFL1501 - Language Through an African Lens
AFL1503 - Language and Communication Skills Acquisition in an African Language I
ENG1503 - Academic Language and Literacy in English

Second level

Students who have passed MHS2601 are exempt from MHS2613. Students who have passed MHS2605 are
exempt from MHS2614. CST2601 is equivalent to CST2612. Only students who previously registered for
and failed CST2601 are permitted to register for this module.
Students who have never attempted CST2601 must register for CST2612.
CST2602 and CST2603 are equivalent to CST2611. Only students who previously registered for
and failed CST2602 or CST2603 are permitted to register for these modules.
Students who have never attempted CST2602 or CST2603 must register for CST2611.

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CST2601 - Music Technology I: MIDI
CST2602 - Composition Models III: Chromaticism Pre-requisite:CST1501 & CST1502
CST2603 - Composition Models IV: Music Analysis Pre-requisite:CST1501 & CST1502
CST2611 - Music Theory and Composition II Pre-requisite:CST1511 or (CST1501 and CST1502)
CST2612 - Music Technology Pre-requisite:CST1512
MHS2611 - Classic and Romantic Music Pre-requisite:MHS1511 or MHS1501
MHS2612 - Music in Postcolonial Africa Recommendation:Should be taken together with or follow on MHS1512 or MHS1502
MHS2613 - Music Business Recommendation:Should be taken together with or follow on MNB1501
MHS2614 - Jazz Studies
Group B. Select 3 modules from the following:
AFK2601 - Genre and Theme
AFK2602 - Afrikaans Grammar Recommendation:It is recommended that students enroll for AFK1502 and AFK1503 before attempting this module
AFL2601 - Communication Dynamics in African Languages
AFL2602 - Understanding African Management Practices as Reflected in African Languages Literature and Texts
AFL2603 - Literature and Society: a Perspective on African Languages
AGE2601 - Archaeological Fieldwork Techniques and Analytical Methods Recommendation:AGE1501
AGE2602 - African Archaeology
APY2613 - Anthropology in an African Context
ARB2602 - Pre-Intermediate Arabic Pre-requisite:ARB1501 or ARB101K
ARB2603 - Intermediate Arabic Pre-requisite:ARB1501 & ARB2602 or ARB101K & ARB1602
ARH2601 - The Arts and Ideology I
ARH2602 - Introduction to Art History in Africa
ARH2603 - Visual Culture I
ATC2601 - Verbal Communication in the Ancient Near East Pre-requisite:ATC1502 & ATC1601 or ATC1013 & ATC1024
ATC2602 - Nonverbal Communication in Ancient Near East Pre-requisite:ATC1502 & ATC1601 or ATC1013 & ATC1024
ATC2603 - Cultural Change in the Ancient Near East Pre-requisite:ATC1502 & ATC1601 or ATC1013 & ATC1024
CGM2601 - Ethics and Spirituality Pre-requisite:CGM1501 & CGM1502
CGM2602 - Preaching in a Context of Poverty
CGM2603 - Exploring Celebration and Worship
CLS2602 - Material Testimonies to the Classical World
CMM2601 - Women in Society and Church Pre-requisite:CMM1501 & CMM1502
CMM2602 - Youth Ministry in Communities
CMM2603 - Intercultural Christian Communication
COM2601 - Organisational Communication
COM2602 - Integrated Organisational Communication
COM2603 - Intercultural, Development and Health Communication
COM2604 - Media Studies: Mass Communication and Media Theory
DVA2601 - Projects and Programmes as Instruments of Development
DVA2602 - Community Development and the Basic Needs Approach
ECH2601 - Text Interpretation, Theory and Method Pre-requisite:ECH1501 & OTS1501
ECH2602 - Daily Life in Early Christianity
ECH2603 - Illness, Health and Healing in the Early Christian World
ENG2601 - Applied English Language Studies: Further Explorations Pre-requisite:ENG1502
ENG2602 - Genres in Literature and Language: Theory, Style and Poetics Pre-requisite:ENG1501 & ENG1502
ENG2603 - Colonial and Postcolonial African Literatures Pre-requisite:ENG1501 & ENG1502
FRC2601 - French Language and Culture: Intermediate Pre-requisite:FRC1502 or FRC102R or Equivalent
FRC2602 - French for Professional Purposes: Introduction Pre-requisite:FRC1502 or FRC102R
FRC2603 - French Literature: Introduction Pre-requisite:FRC1502 or FRC102R or Equivalent
HSY2601 - Themes in the 19th Century History: Power and the Western World Pre-requisite:(HSY1501 & HSY1502) or (HSY101D & HSY102E) or (HSY1511 & HSY1512)
HSY2602 - Early State Formation, Slavery and Colonial Conquest in Africa Pre-requisite:HSY1501 & HSY1502 or HSY101D & HSY102E or HSY1511 & HSY1512
HSY2603 - Transformation in Southern Africa in the 19th Century: Colonisation, Migration, Mining and War Pre-requisite:HSY1501 & HSY1502 or HSY1511 & HSY1512
ICS2602 - History of Islam Co-requisite:ICS1501 or ICS101X
ICS2603 - Foundation Sources of Islam Pre-requisite:ICS1501 or ICS101X
ICS2604 - Sociocultural Life, Ethics and Education in Islam Pre-requisite:ICS1501 or ICS101X
INS2601 - Exploring Information user Studies Pre-requisite:INS1501 or INS101U
INS2602 - Investigating Information Ethics in the Information Era
IPC2601 - International Organisations
IPC2602 - International Political Dynamics
KSK2601 - Advanced Creative Writing: A Practical Course (Theory of Literature 204) Pre-requisite:KSK1601 or THL1016
LIN2601 - Language Acquisition in a Natural Environment
LIN2602 - Language in a Changing World
LIN2603 - Sound and Sound Structure
MGG2601 - Marriage Guidance and Counselling
MGG2602 - Sexual Trauma
OTS2601 - The Bible, Creation and Ecology Pre-requisite:ECH1501 & OTS1501
OTS2602 - From Dan to Beersheba: an Archaeological Tour through Ancient Israel
OTS2603 - Life Orientation: Biblical Perspectives
PLC2601 - Understanding Political Behaviour and Participation
PLC2602 - Politics and Public Policy
PLS2601 - Critical Reasoning
PLS2602 - African Ethics and Politics
PLS2607 - Philosophy of Science
PSC2601 - South African Politics
PTU2601 - Portuguese Language and Culture: Intermediate Level Pre-requisite:PTU1502 or PTU102N
PTU2602 - Modern Portuguese Literature and Society Pre-requisite:PTU1502 or PTU102N
Co-requisite:PTU2601 or PTU201Q
PYC2601 - Personality Theories
PYC2602 - Child and Adolescent Development
PYC2603 - Adulthood and Maturity
PYC2605 - HIV/AIDS Care and Counselling
PYC2606 - Basic Measurement and Questionnaire Design
RSC2601 - Research in Social Sciences
RST2603 - Understanding Contemporary Religious Movements and Developments
SOC2601 - Theories of Social Change Recommendation:SOC1501 and/or SOC1502
SOC2602 - Globalisation and Social Change in South Africa Recommendation:SOC1501 and/or SOC1502
SOC2604 - Sociology of Families and Social Problems
TEX2601 - Writing Skills for the Communication Industry
THL2601 - Theory of the Sign in Literature and Culture Pre-requisite:THL1501 or THL801U
THL2602 - Structuralist and Semiotic Theories of Genre Pre-requisite:THL1502 or THL802V
THL2603 - Theories in Context - Ideology and Discourse
TIC2601 - Faith, Church and Culture Pre-requisite:TIC1501 OR TIC1502
TIC2602 - Christianity and a Changing South Africa
TIC2603 - Faith, Jesus and Social Change
TIC2604 - World Christianity and Ecumenism
WLL2601 - Cultural Diversity in Literary Contexts
WLL2602 - Film, Literature and Society

Third level

Students who have passed CST3701 are exempt from CST3714.

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CST3702 - Modernist Composition Resources Pre-requisite:CST2602
CST3703 - Postmodern Composition Resources Pre-requisite:CST2602
CST3704 - Free Composition Pre-requisite:CST2602
CST3705 - Performing Practice
CST3706 - Music Technology II: Digital Audio
CST3714 - African Composition Pre-requisite:CST2611 or ( CST2602 and CST2603) and (CST3711 or (CST3702 and CSTCST3703) and CST3713
MHS3701 - Music in Religion
MHS3702 - Opera
MHS3703 - Music and Gender
MHS3704 - Music in South Africa
MHS3713 - Psychology of Music Pre-requisite:PYC1501 (Not Applicable to 02305 MA1)
Recommendation:CST1511 or UNISA Grade 5 in Music theory.