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PG Certificate

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.
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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, 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. 

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.

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Core modules

MA Year 1:

  • Musical Development
  • The Psychology of Performance
  • Researching Music in Everyday Life and Wellbeing

MA Year 2:

  • Psychological Research Methods
  • Dissertation in Music Psychology


  • Musical Development
  • The Psychology of Performance
  • Researching Music in Everyday Life and Wellbeing

Further information on department website


Much of the course is taught online via web discussions and tutorial groups, email and telephone tutorials.

You’ll also attend lectures and seminars at annual residentials and optional study days (optional for those taking the PGCert route).

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


  • MA: 2 years part-time by distance learning
  • PG Cert: 1 year 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.

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


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

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+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.