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.

Studying here was the best decision I have ever made. The lecturers are experts in their field, the facilities are great, and the city has a good ambience to study. I gained a lot of knowledge and sharpened my critical thinking here.

Christ Aryanto, MA Psychology of Music

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.

MA Psychology of Music student

Course content

Module information on department website

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.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

2:1 in music, psychology or a combined degree with a substantial music or psychology component. Degrees in other related subjects may be acceptable depending on your background.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Funding information on the Department of Music website

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.

Dr Victoria Williamson

My research unit studies the many roles of music in our wellbeing, in life circumstances that are both everyday (music practice, language learning, sleep) and extraordinary (living with dementia, hospital treatment). With my international collaborators I also work on the psychology of music memory and the evaluation of music performance.

Dr Victoria Williamson

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: music-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 0461

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.