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MA - Master of Arts
With a strong emphasis on experiential learning, improvisation, song writing and listening, this flexible and highly regarded course is aimed at giving you the knowledge and practical skills to enter an existing practice or start your own.
Accreditations and partnerships:
This unique three-year part-time Master's course can lead to registration as a music therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It also provides a popular route for international students looking to develop their qualifications.
It is open to capable musicians - from recent graduates to experienced professionals, or to music therapists with a postgraduate diploma looking to add to their skills and knowledge who can access a progression route. Even if you don't have a first degree in music, we still encourage you to apply provided you can demonstrate a capacity to write and think at Master's level. All candidates will need an intuitive and communicative musical presence on at least one instrument or voice, plus the ability to provide harmonic support using, for example, piano, keyboard or guitar.
Widely applicable and sought-after skills
There is an underlying humanistic and music-centred philosophy to the course, with a strong emphasis on experiential learning. We take a 'lifespan' approach, focusing on children and adolescents in the first year, and adults in the second year. In the third year, we focus on more complex areas of work, with both children and adults, such as work in palliative care or the prison and probation services.
The course equips you with the clinical, theoretical and practical skills required to enter the music therapy profession. Successful graduates will be able to work in the NHS, education, social services, for the voluntary sector, charities, within prisons, or set up their own practice.
The part-time, flexible nature of the course means you can fit Master's level studies around paid employment, and build or enhance your career in the process.
Course tutors, and teaching and research staff from across the department have excellent links with healthcare, community and education providers, and we regularly welcome visiting lecturers from these areas.
Careers / Further study
Completing the MA Music Therapy means you will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC, in order to start practising as a fully qualified music therapist.
Opportunities for Master's-qualified music therapists are diverse. Previous students have gone on to practice as HCPC-registered music therapists sometimes alongside other musical work such as performing and teaching and also apply their knowledge and expertise to positions in healthcare and education. Our links with music therapy experts and practitioners give excellent insights into future careers, and part of the course is geared towards helping you find placements, attract employers or set up your own practice.
For more information, including the most up to date module listing, see the listing for this course on the UWE Bristol website, by clicking on the 'visit website' button to the left of this page.
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For this course (per year)
It is recommended that applicants have: a good undergraduate degree with professional music skills a high level of practical performance in any musical tradition, including digital technologies and a particular interest in live improvisation sufficient skills to be able to provide harmonic support experience of working in relevant areas such as Health or Education (including voluntary work) personal skills suited to working as a therapist wide reading on the subject of music therapy the ability and strong commitment to follow a personally demanding part-time course. Selection If successful at this stage, you'll be invited to a face-to-face interview and audition at Glenside Campus. If you live overseas or have exceptional circumstances, we can arrange this to be done remotely. We'll provide you with guidance on how to prepare for the interview and audition. All applicants will be required to complete: Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check* Health Checks*.
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