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Undergraduate courses

Music Therapy

Why study at Roehampton

  • Students have access to work placements with an existing music therapist.
  • Excellent pastoral and tutorial support.
  • All music therapy course staff have their own current clinical work, meaning that they are embedded in current practice and clinical thinking. The staff team are involved in writing and researching and have a high profile within the UK music therapy profession.

This course provides you with professional training in music therapy, approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).


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Music Therapy aims to help individuals to develop skills and self-understanding through a primarily non-verbal relationship in music. Through the use of music the therapist facilitates the individual’s move towards increased well-being in the form of specific therapeutic aims. Music Therapy as practised in the UK is largely based on improvisation - the music being the shared, spontaneous creation of client and therapist. Other styles of music, including song writing, the use of technology and pre-composed music are also used as appropriate to the need of the individual. Essential to music therapy is the relationship between client and therapist. At Roehampton we have chosen to base our Music Therapy training programme on the use of psychoanalytic ideas to inform our understanding of the therapy process and the ways the client uses the environment, the therapist and the music.


For detailed information about Roehampton's MA Music Therapy, please download and read the information pack by clicking on the 'specific entry requirements' on the right hand panel.

Music 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 requirements link).

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
  • dissertation.

Research areas

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.

Example modules

  • Music Therapy Theory and Practice 1 and 2.
  • Observational studies.
  • Research methods and portfolio.

Career options

This is a clinical training course for a career as a music therapist.




Number of credits

MA: 240

Specific entry requirements »

Postgraduate entry requirements »


Psychology »


2 years (full-time); 3-4 years (part-time)

Programme start


Tuition fees

Band 1 »

Programme outline

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Further information

Rachel Darnley-Smith
+44 (0)208 392 3788

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