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MA Music (Music Psychology Pathway)

MA Music (Music Psychology Pathway)

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Full time | Vanbrugh College | 1 year | 26-SEP-22

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Music Studies Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Music psychology explores the deep and complex relationship between music, the human mind, and the brain. Understanding more about how they interact may help reveal why music is so meaningful to us.

In this pathway of our MA Music, you'll learn about the basic mechanisms of the auditory system and delve into the perception and cognition of musical elements, such as melody, timing, harmony, and timbre. You'll look at the mechanisms underpinning music performance. Finally, you'll discover higher level structures such as compositional form and expressiveness, alongside the basic principles underlying how we experience and appreciate music as listeners.

The course is run in close collaboration with the York Music Psychology Group.

We encourage you to get involved in the lively community of our department, from participating in department ensembles to attending our weekly research and composition seminars and performance classes.

Assessment and feedback

You'll write a literature review, conduct a replication study, submit your MA thesis, and complete three presentations throughout the year.

Careers and skills

This course will give you a thorough grounding in many aspects of Music Psychology and prepare you for a wide range of careers.

With additional qualifications, you could also work in music therapy and clinical settings.

Career opportunities

  • Senior Music Therapist
  • Music teacher
  • Market researcher
  • Music and wellbeing practitioner
  • Music producer
  • Sound designer


This module aims to help students articulate in increasingly sophisticated ways factors associated with their development of critical, reflective and informed practice. Taught through classes, the module teaching helps define the scope of professional work in a range of fields and guide students towards a means of reflecting on their creativity through writing and through presenting their work verbally. This reflection is then assessed through two commentaries or presentations and a culminating formal conference. These commentaries and presentations may draw upon work completed week by week throughout the terms.

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Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree: 2:1 or equivalent in Music or another relevant discipline. We will also consider your application if you have a 2:2 honours degree and relevant professional experience.