2019 start
MA

Psychology of Music

Department of Music, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

This course uses psychological methods and theory to interpret and make sense of musical behaviours, sounds and ideas. Our interdisciplinary approach offers a unique perspective on music.
Music group in studio

Course description

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.

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Modules

Core modules

Module information on department website

Teaching

You’ll learn through seminars, lab-sessions, graduate study days, and tutorials.

Assessment

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.

Duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Image of Christ Aryanto, postgraduate student in the Department of Music

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.

Christ Aryanto
MA, Psychology of Music

Entry requirements

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.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

University and faculty funding is available each year. The department has a number of scholarships available for our strongest candidates.

Funding information on the Department of Music website

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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

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

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Contact

music-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+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.