MA Psychology of Music


Duration

One year (full-time) or two years (part-time).

Semesters

The teaching component of the programme is based on Autumn and Spring semesters. Over the summer you will complete your dissertation in consultation with an academic supervisor.

Qualification

This programme is offered as a MA (180 credits).

Assessment

The taught programme is continuously assessed. The continuous assessment takes 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. For further information, please visit the online prospectus.

Modules

All students will take

  • MUS6000: Research Techniques (15 credits)
    MUS6000: Research Techniques introduces research methods in music, with particular reference to : (1) bibliographical methods, library resources, on-line and hard-copy abstracts and indices; (2) manuscript sources, discographies, specialist sound/music libraries and other resources; (3) developing a research area; exploring references, following leads and evaluating sources; (4) music processing; (5) presentation skills; (6) current methods in survey/questionnaire/interview techniques; (7) careers skills; (8) professional development; (9) giving and receiving feedback; (10) reflective skills.
  • MUS641 Advanced issues in Psychology of Music (15 credits)
    Advanced issues in Psychology of Music provides the opportunity to consider, in-depth, an advanced topic within Psychology of Music through studying a relevant body of recent research literature, analyse and reflect on the research methodologies used to investigate the topic, and explore how research and its findings may be disseminated and be of interest to audiences beyond academia.
  • MUS6020 Dissertation (60 credits)
    The dissertation provides the final element in the MA Psychology of Music course. It requires original investigation and research on a topic within the area of music psychology approved by the unit tutor. Learning is supported by ongoing tutorials.

 

A student will take 90 credits from the following group

Group 2A - students will take a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 credits from this group

  • MUS615: Topics in Music Psychology (30 credits)
    MUS615: Topics in Music Psychology provides an introduction to the core topics in the psychology of music, including psychoacoustics and perception, cognition of musical structure, emotion and meaning in music, development psychology of music, psychological approaches to performance, and social and applied music psychology, including music therapy and music education.
  • MUS617: Selected Topics in Music Psychology (15 credits)
    Topics in Music Psychology provides an introduction to the core topics in the psychology of music, including psychoacoustics and perception, cognition of musical structure, emotion and meaning in music, development psychology of music, psychological approaches to performance, and social and applied music psychology, including music therapy and music education.


Group 2B - students will take a minimum of 45 and a maximum of 60 credits from this group

  • MUS613: Quantitative Research Techniques (30 credits)
  • This module provides training in quantitative research techniques relevant to the study of musical behaviour. The module consists of teaching and learning of statistical techniques in a computer-lab setting, plus a group project in which an empirical study is partially designed and fully executed and analysed.
  • MUS614: Qualitative Research Techniques (30 credits)
    Assessed by a group research project involving qualitative research techniques and analysis.
  • MUS618: Qualitative Data Collection (15 credits)
    Qualitative Data Collection provides a research training in qualitative research data collection relevant to the study of musical behaviour. The module consists of teaching and learning of qualitative research design techniques, including ethical consideration and evaluation of methods through pilot studies and critique of existing research. The module is assessed through a portfolio of qualitative data collection tools, including questionnaires and interview schedules, which the student has designed, piloted and evaluated.
  • MUS619: Statistics in Music Psychology (15 credits)
    Statistics in Music Psychology provides a research training in quantitative research techniques relevant to the study of musical behaviour. The module consists of teaching and learning of statistical techniques in a computer-lab setting.

If a student takes MUS613 they may not also take MUS619.
If a student takes MUS614 they may not also take MUS618.

Group 2C – students may take up to 30 credits from any MA level module within the university, subject to the agreement of the MA course director

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.