Therapists work within a wide range of clinical settings. They work with people
of all ages; from infants and young children through to elderly adults. Music
Therapists work within statutory services (such as the NHS, education or social
services), within charities and private organisations, and in private practice.
Music therapy can benefit people with a wide range of difficulties or
challenges, including mental health problems, learning disabilities and autism,
dementia and neurology, as well as people experiencing serious illness such as
cancer or those who have experienced trauma. Music Therapists often work as
part of a team, and frequently work in partnership with other disciplines.
The programme aims to encourage a
questioning critical and evaluative approach to both theory and practice.
There is a balance between experiential learning and rigorous academic study at
an advanced level. The course emphasises the emotional development of the student practitioner
together with clinical exploration through critical enquiry.
Please read the specific entry requirements for this programme.
Who is this course aimed at?
The Music Therapy masters degree is designed to train
competent, practising musicians to be therapists, bringing together their
skills, education and other life experiences. On completion of the training,
graduates are eligible to apply to the HCPC for registration, with the ability
and flexibility to practice within the NHS, Social Services, education or
private sector. The training therefore has special appeal for mature musicians and other
professionals with the requisite musical ability who wish to make a career
change. It is designed to prepare students for work with children and
adults with a range of disabilities and illnesses, and placements usually
include work with children and adults with learning disabilities, autism and
asperger’s syndrome and mental health problems. Students are expected to
be able to demonstrate their ability to follow a postgraduate programme, and to
have had some experience with the kinds of client most often referred for Music
Therapy. Please read the application pack (download via the specific entry
If you are not sure that you are ready to embark on a full masters' degree we also offer introductory courses that provide a useful background to those working in related professions or anyone simply wishing to find out more about the work. No particular level of musical competence is required.
Key areas of study
- clinical context for music therapy
- music studies: clinical improvisation
- infant observation
- music therapy theory
- clinical case work and supervision
- personal therapy
- introduction to research
The course has links with a variety of research centres within the University. Staff who teach on the course are active researchers with strong publication records within the field.
If you are not sure that you are ready to embark on a full masters' degree we also offer introductory courses which provide a useful background to those working in related professions or anyone simply wishing to find out more about the work. For information on our Introduction Courses, Summer Schools and Foundation Course in Music Therapy, see the Psychology Short Courses.
See answers to frequently asked questions about the MA Music Therapy.