MA Psychology of Music
Department of Music, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
We have expertise in everything from musicology and ethnomusicology to performance, composition and music management.
About the course
Course description 2017
This course is the longest established masters in music psychology in the UK, and a collaboration with the Department of Psychology. Our tutors – Nikki Dibben, Stephanie Pitts, Vicki Rowe, Renee Timmers and Victoria Williamson – have been published widely in music psychology and education.
This course allows you to use psychological methods and theory to interpret and understand musical behaviours, sounds and ideas. You will be introduced to a range of areas including music cognition and neuroscience, musical development, music in everyday life, and musical performance.
You may specialise within an area through a written dissertation, and the pursuit of original research, generally including experimental or observational empirical investigation. Students may also take cognitive neuroscience modules within the Department of Psychology.
Teaching and assessment
You’ll learn through seminars, laboratory-based demonstrations and individual tutorials. The taught programme is continuously assessed through a variety of forms such as reports and essays.
They are usually individual assessments, even if they concern the processes and outcomes of group work.
- 1 year full-time
- 2 years part-time
You'll need a 2:1 in music or a combined degree with a substantial music component.
Other qualifications may be acceptable depending on your background, for instance a degree in drama, psychology or another subject, equivalent life experience or a performance diploma from a conservatoire or academy.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
University and faculty funding is available each year. The closing date for applications is mid-January. The department has a small number of tuition studentships available. The closing date for these is the end of April. You can also apply for a small grant to support your postgraduate research project.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.
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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.