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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.
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Course description

It is broad and inclusive in its coverage of research areas and provides rigorous training in qualitative and quantitative research techniques. This course allows you to use psychological methods and theory to interpret and understand musical behaviours, sounds and ideas. You will be introduced to advanced issues in music psychology such as music cognition, music education, music therapy and psychological approaches to performance. This will be taught by a group of expert academics who have published widely, and applied this research to projects beyond academia.

You will specialise within an area and pursue original research to be demonstrated by a written dissertation, generally including experimental or observational empirical investigation.

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Modules

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Teaching

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

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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
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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 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

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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.