- Qualify to register with the Health and Care Professions Council – a legal requirement for practising music therapists in the UK
- Study on the longest established MA Music Therapy course in the UK
- Join a course that scored 95% for overall satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019
- Get first-hand experience of music therapy practice on supervised clinical placements
- Work in our purpose-built therapy centre, used for all our professional therapy consultations
- Get support from our team of internationally-renowned music therapists
Our MA Music Therapy degree will show you how you can use your music to support the health and well-being of patients and clients. You will discover the principles of music therapy in the UK and internationally, and through lectures, practical workshops, case discussions and theoretical studies, we’ll introduce you to the most recent, effective music therapy approaches.
You will then try out these approaches in your own clinical practice on at least two clinical placements. These placements will take place in locations such as schools, hospitals, hospices and other community settings, under the supervision of qualified music therapists. This will give you invaluable experience of working in a multidisciplinary team, as well as providing important preparation for your future career.
In the UK there are two central elements of music therapy: the use of improvised and pre-composed music; and the significance given to the relationship between client and therapist. These principles will underpin your training. Our experiential teaching includes: development of your improvisation skills; focused work on your first instrument; keyboard, single line instrument and voice; music therapy theory and links to practice.
Throughout the course, you will reflect on and develop your clinical practice through group discussions, tutorials and supervisions.
Qualifying as a music therapist will allow you to work in many different areas, including the NHS, hospices, social services, education and the voluntary sector. The NHS Agenda for Change has led to improved career paths for music therapists at levels similar to, or higher than, those of other allied health professions.
You can choose to work privately or on a freelance basis, with a client base including adults and children with learning difficulties and other special needs.
Successfully completing this course will allow you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council – a legal requirement for practising music therapists in the UK.
Modules & assessmentYear one, core modules
- Clinical Placements and Experiential Development 1
- Music Therapy Practical and Clinical Skills
- Music Therapy and Dramatherapy Multidisciplinary Theoretical Studies
Year two, core modules
- Clinical Placements and Experiential Development 2
- MA Therapies Major Project
You will show your progress on the course through various methods, including essays, live presentations and practical tasks such as clinical improvisation and composition. You will also undertake self-analysis and reflection in discussion with your personal tutor. Halfway through the course, your progress towards becoming a music therapist will be assessed by an examiner.
Your final piece of written work will be a Major Project involving clinical evaluation, while in the final oral assessment you’ll present a piece of clinical work to two examiners, who will assess your overall clinical skills and readiness to practice.
One of our modules involves dramatherapy, and covers content from our MA Dramatherapy course as well as the MA Music Therapy. On more generic subjects, such as psychiatry, psychoanalytic studies and psychology, you will work with our dramatherapy students, but where techniques and approaches are specific to each profession you will be taught separately.