MA/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate Psychology for Musicians

Department of Music, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

We have expertise in everything from musicology and ethnomusicology to performance, composition and music management.

You'll work alongside professional musicians and researchers with visits and masterclasses from guest performers and teachers.

About the course

DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE

Psychology for Musicians welcomed its first students in August 1997, and has since expanded in numbers and geographical distance, drawing students from Canada, Greece, Iceland, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, as well as the UK.

The course focuses on the application of psychological research to musical experiences and professions, and aims to attract graduate musicians who work in the fields of music therapy, performance, or teaching.

Psychology for Musicians provides you with training in the research methods used by psychologists, together with the conceptual framework within which these methods can help to inform and explore musical expertise and understanding.

Course content

Modules on department website

Teaching

  • Online discussions
  • Online tutorial groups
  • Email and telephone tutorials

You'll also attend lectures and seminars at annual residentials and optional study days.

Assessment

Assessments take 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.

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MA Psychology of Music student


Key facts

Course duration

  • MA: 2 years part-time by distance learning
  • PG Dip: 2 years part-time by distance learning
  • PG Cert: 1 year part-time by distance learning

Entry requirements

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.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Contact the department for the latest fee information for this course.

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.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Funding information on the Department of Music website

About us

Music at Sheffield attracts world-leading academics and musicians working in a wide range of specialist fields. This is reflected in the diversity of the MA programmes we offer, both onsite and by distance learning. Our courses are taught by experts and backed by world-class research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) 84 per cent of our work was rated internationally excellent or world-leading.

We are influential in composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, performance, music technology, music management and psychology of music. Our MA programmes allow students to take advantage of the department's distinctive interdisciplinary research environment and to be part of a strong postgraduate community by taking modules from other specialist areas.

Our three research centres, Music, Mind, Machine, Sheffield Performer and Audience Research Centre, and Music & Wellbeing provide a hub for research collaborations in music psychology and audience research.

Your career

Many of our graduates work in education. Others are performers in various popular genres, in the UK and abroad. Some work in recording studios. Employers include universities, colleges, concert agencies and music promoters.

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

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

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

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