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Full time | University of Roehampton | 2 years | SEP-22

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Full time


2 years

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Music Therapy

Course type


Course Summary


The Music Therapy programme offers training for competent, practising musicians to become 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.

Music therapists draw on the innate qualities of music to support people of all ages and at all stages of life who are facing diverse challenges. Music therapy facilitates positive changes in wellbeing through engagement in musical interaction.?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 person in therapy uses the environment, the therapist, and the music. Supporting theories and ways of working are also studied to equip students to meet a range of clinical needs, including an infant observation which assists students in developing their observation and analysis skills.

Music therapy as practised in Great Britain is largely based upon improvisation, the music being the shared and spontaneous creation of the person in therapy and the Music 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.

The programme emphasises your emotional development as a practitioner, together with clinical exploration through critical enquiry. In addition to this, students must be prepared to enter mandatory individual personal therapy for one year of the training.

Music Therapists work within a wide range of clinical settings, individual and group work. They work with people of all ages, from infants and young children through to elderly adults. 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. Placements include work with children and adults in the settings in which Music Therapists commonly work.?

Career Options

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.


The practice of systematic observation of the development of infants provides the observer with the opportunity to encounter primitive emotional states and recognise their own response to this. This is central to the psychoanalytic orientation of the programme as a whole and also links with students self-development as a therapist. Students present their observation in turn and learn to write up detailed records from memory and present them accurately and vividly to the group. The task of the seminar is to explore these events between mother and infant and try to understand the unconscious aspects of behaviour and patterns of communication.

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Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be required to hold an honours degree, usually in music. Other clinically related disciplines such as psychology, teaching, nursing, or social work, and graduate level professional qualifications in appropriate disciplines such as the performing arts, Occupational Therapy and Social Work are also considered where music skills are demonstrably sufficient. Applicants need to evidence that they can meet the academic demands of a master’s degree and will be required to prepare and submit a written personal statement to support their application. A professional standard of proficiency on an instrument or voice, together with some keyboard skills (of at least grade 5) where piano is not the first study, and confidence with voice. The potential to use musical skills in professional Music Therapy practice and the ability to communicate musically.

University information

Located in South-West London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The university has a long history dating back over 180 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more