Psychology for Musicians
Department of Music,
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Drawing students from all over the world, this course focuses on the application of psychological research to musical experiences and professions. It 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.
You will also benefit from newly-written online materials, and from the department's extensive resources of books and journals in music education.
You’ll learn through seminars, laboratory-based demonstrations and individual 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.
- PG Cert: 1 year part-time, distance learning
- MA: 2 years part-time, distance learning
At this point I feel as though I could learn just about anything, given sufficient time and motivation. I can't emphasise enough how much I owe you and my other profs. This year I will be doing a PhD in Musicology, co-sponsored by the Department of Psychology at a major university in Toronto. The MA has gotten me more work already; I have been hired to teach undergraduate music history.
Joel Katz, Toronto, Canada
MA Psychology for Musicians
2:1 undergraduate degree in music or psychology or a combined degree with a substantial music or psychology component. 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.