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MPhil/ PhD in Music Therapy

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Music Therapy

Course type


Course Summary

This two-track research degree programme, validated by Goldsmiths University London, allows you to develop a higher level of research skills and to be involved in projects that will contribute to disciplinary knowledge and professional practices. This postgraduate research degree programme is validated by Goldsmiths, University of London and is linked to both the Nordoff Robbins Research Department and to the Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies Department (STaCS) at Goldsmiths. It is a practice-orientated programme designed for experienced practitioners in either music therapy, or community music/ music and health who seek further professional development through research.

Training research skills and methodology is partly in collaboration with City University where links can be made to suitable research studies, training and workshops if you are within travelling distance of London. Biannual research teaching blocks are provided by the Nordoff Robbins Research Department. The research degrees programme also benefits from a research culture fostered by the Nordoff Robbins Research Department’s national and international research collaborations. These offer opportunities for student and researcher interaction and presentation.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A Masters degree in music therapy, music psychology, community music, music and health, music education and allied disciplinary fields. Applicants with a lower level qualification with appropriate practical / clinical / research experience may be eligible, provided the can demonstrate ability to study at MPhil/PhD level. As part of your application you will need to demonstrate your ability to pursue the programme in English – both written and spoken. In addition to the spoken interview, we may ask for appropriate evidence of this. In addition to showing us some of your publications in English you will need to demonstrate a minimum IELTS score of 7.5. Whilst the training gives as much help as is possible to enable you to get the most from the programme, it is not able to address problems of speaking / understanding / writing in English.