Music Psychology in Education, Performance and Wellbeing (Distance Learning)
Department of Music,
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Drawing students from all over the world, this distance learning course focuses on the application of psychological research to musical experiences and professions, and attracts graduate musicians who work in the fields of music therapy, performance, or teaching.
We provide 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.
In the first year you can select essay titles that emphasise the educational aspects of each module. In your second year you can specialise in educational research. You'll also complete a Readings in Music Education module, followed by dissertation research on an aspect of musical learning that is informed by music psychology theory and methods.
You will benefit from newly-written online materials, and from the department´s extensive resources of books and journals in music education.
- World music performance workshops
- Email tutorials with supporting course texts and guidance notes
Distance learning means that most of the teaching is done through online course materials and readings supported by email, phone or Skype tutorials. You will need to attend the University for one residential each year.
Assessments take a variety of forms such as:
- Reports and essays
- Fieldnotes and recordings
- Final dissertation or folio
- PG Cert: 1 year part-time by distance learning
- MA: 2 years part-time by distance learning
2:1 undergraduate degree. If your undergraduate degree is not in music, you’ll need to provide evidence of substantial engagement with music.
We also recognise the value of experience, and may accept applications from people who have been in practice, or who bring other experience to their studies. Please contact us to discuss your application.
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 department has a number of scholarships available for our strongest candidates.
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
Department of Music
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.
+44 114 222 0495
The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.