Psychology of Music
Department of Music,
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
This course is the longest established masters in music psychology in the UK. It is broad and inclusive in its coverage of research areas and provides rigorous training in qualitative and quantitative research techniques. Our tutors have 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 psychology of performance.
You will specialise within an area and pursue original research to be demonstrated by a written dissertation, generally including experimental or observational empirical investigation. Students may also take cognitive neuroscience modules within the Department of Psychology.
You’ll learn through seminars, lab-sessions, graduate study days, and 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.
- 1 year full-time
- 2 years part-time
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.
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.
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.