MA Psychology of Music


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  • Learn qualitative as well as quantitative research methodologies making the course highly suitable for continued doctoral research

  • Flexible course structure allows specialisation in the relationship between Language and Music or Cognitive Neuroscience of Music

  • Vibrant research community with student-led reading groups and seminars.

  • Internationally leading research centres: Music Mind Machine, Sheffield Performer & Audience Research Centre and Music and Wellbeing

  • Dedicated research rooms with a MIDI keyboard and drums, and equipment for measurements of physiological responses and reaction times.

Music Psychology uses psychological methods and theory to interpret and understand musical behaviours, sounds and ideas. The interdisciplinarity of the subject, and its use of a wide range of empirical approaches, offers a unique perspective on music.

Our on-site course introduces students to a wide range of areas including auditory perception, music cognition, musical development, music in everyday life, and musical performance. Students specialize within an area through a written dissertation, and the pursuit of original research, which generally includes an experimental or observational empirical investigation.

Cello player at seminar

Student feedback:


“Choosing University of Sheffield as a place to study is the best decision I have ever made. The lecturers are expert 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