2021 start
MA

Music Psychology in Education, Performance and Wellbeing (Distance Learning)

Department of Music, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

On this distance learning course you'll apply psychological research to musical experiences and professions. We'll give you training in the research methods used by psychologists.
Music students

Course description

Drawing students from all over the world, this course focuses on the application of psychological research to musical experiences and professions, and attracts graduate musicians who work in the fields of music education, performance and therapy, 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.

The first year is dedicated to three broad areas of research: Musical Development, Psychology of Performance, and Researching Music in Everyday Life and Wellbeing. The second year offers training in Psychological Research Methods, which is followed by dissertation research on an individually chosen research project in which you use music psychological theory and methods to investigate a self-defined research question.

You will also benefit from newly-written online materials, and from the department’s extensive collection of electronic books and journals in music education. You will be assigned a personal tutor and dissertation supervisor who will support your learning throughout the course.

Modules

Explore all modules

*MA Psychology for Musicians has been renamed as MA Music Psychology in Education, Performance and Wellbeing. 

Teaching

Distance learning means that most of the teaching is done through the University online portals where you can access course materials, library materials, and class discussion boards.

You will also be supported by email and online tutorials. 

Annual residentials

Annual residentials are an important part of the course. By attending these residentials, you'll have the chance to meet your tutors and peers. The residentials include introductory sessions on systems, lecture topics, seminars, world music performance workshops and tutorials. 

Residentials take place at the Department of Music's Jessop building on the following dates: 

  • Monday 23 August – Thursday 26 August 2021
  • Monday 22 August – Thursday 25 August 2022  

Your supervisors

Learn more about your supervisors:

Assessment

Assessments take a variety of forms such as reports and essays.

Duration

  • 2 years part-time by distance learning

Entry requirements

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. 

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

University funding and scholarships opportunities are available each year. Please check the department funding webpages for music specific scholarships. Department scholarships details are released in the January prior to the start of your course.

Funding information on the Department of Music website

Apply

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

Apply now

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.